June 18 2013
Americans love fast food. In fact, we may be addicted to it. A 2010 study in the journal Nature Neuroscience found that easily accessible, high calorie, high fat foods (similar to many food choices in fast food establishments) have the same effect on the brain as heroin. Even though the CDC released a report in February saying that we're eating less fast food, the report didn't show decreases in consumption in either the pediatric or obese populations. and at the end of the day, we're still eating much more of it today than 20 years ago.
Many have asked if the fast food industry is to blame for our growing waistlines. My answer is no. We became an obese nation based on a complex set of factors that may include genetics, where you live, how much sleep you get, where you work, even whether your parents are divorced.