Thursday, September 7, 2017

Supersize Fastfood Products Fueling the Obesity Epidemic

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Consumers who were persuaded to supersize a meal or drink take on an extra 55% more calories on average and it has resulted to a huge yearly weight gain according to an experts. 78% of the participants in the survey said that the restaurants, fast food outlets and stores at least once a week asked them if they wanted to "go large." Those consumers who said yes get an extra 55% more calories on average by paying just a fraction more. Supersizing a meal or a coffee raises the cost by an average of 17%. Those calories add up to a weight gain of about 5lbs a year. People who are in the age range of 18-24 are the most likely to experience up-selling, consuming an extra 750 calories a week that could potentially lead them to gain 11lbs of extra weight in a year.

The report comes from the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH). Studies have shown that when people are presented with larger portion sizes, they consume more and increase their calorie intake. According to fastfood staff they were trained and get extra bonus if they up-sell. One cafe worker says that if they are asked for a latte, “I will reply with ‘large?’ The confidence of insinuating that a large is in fact what a typical customer orders often nudges the customer into getting the bigger and slightly more expensive drink.” If somebody asks for a cake, the response is: “Is that with cream or ice cream today?”
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