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HHS HealthBeat (August 18, 2014)

Another 200 calories

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Will you do better for your weight if you eat at a full-service restaurant rather than a fast food place? If your goal is to control calories, a study indicates the answer is not necessarily.  Researcher Binh Nguyen of the American Cancer Society saw this in national survey data in 2003 to 2010 from more than 12,000 people.

“Eating at both fast food and full service restaurants is associated with significant increases in calories, sugar, saturated fat and sodium.”

Nguyen says people got about 200 more calories a day either way, although fast food places tended to have more sugar than full service restaurants did.

The study in the journal Public Health Nutrition was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: August 18, 2014