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Eating Out at Restaurants Could Increase Chances of Obesity

Frequent Dining Out May Foreshadow Obesity

Are you a frequent diner-about-town? If so, it could be making you fat. The USDA has been examining the relationship between restaurant food and obesity, and it turns out that eating just one meal a week outside the home correlates to roughly two extra pounds a year.

Non-shocker: in comparison to homemade meals, restaurant portion sizes are larger, higher-calorie, and filled with inexpensive, obesity-promoting foods like processed grains and trans fats, all factors that certainly promote weight gain. That's a staggering statistic when combined with the fact that more than half of all American adults eat out more than three times per week.

Are you one of them — and if so, are you worried about its long-term impact on your waistline?

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shiennaB shiennaB 5 years
Doing the mathematics of eating at restaurants is generally simple - if the time you save not cooking is worth the extra price of a restaurant meal. One recent study claims that, with current price fluctuations, eating at restaurants may actually be less costly. The comparison between Eating out vs. cooking in has a significant differences with the cost. It was found that most restaurants expect to hike prices between 4 and 6 percent in the next few months. These price increases are partially due to the rising cost of ingredients and partially due to the increase in labor costs.
shiennaB shiennaB 5 years
That is true. There are a lot of calories you eat when you eat out than cooking yourself your own food. You can save money when you cook your own because eating out costs more for the same things - buying and cooking some ground beef being generally cheaper than buying a hamburger in a restaurant.
enginerdette enginerdette 6 years
Boyfriend and I eat out quite often, but we usually order one meal and share it. American portions are ridiculously large and can definitely satisfy two people.
GummiBears GummiBears 6 years
I eat out approximately ten times in a year. My weight has been pretty stable. *fingers crossed*
Gabriela-Une-Vie-Saine Gabriela-Une-Vie-Saine 6 years
I eat out several times a week and maintain a healthy weight, but I compensate for all those big meals by eating extra healthfully at home. I like restaurants enough to save my splurges for those meals!
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
Wow, scary especially since I wouldn't consider eating out once a week to be "frequent"
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