Large rations in fast food and traditional restaurants contribute to global obesity due to the calories they provide, according to a study published today at the British Medical Journal. BMJ).
In the study, an international team of researchers found that 94% of menus in restaurants with a table for waiters and waiters and 72% of fast food menus in five countries on different continents were 600 calories or more.
In addition, contrary to popular belief, they found that fast food restaurants contained 33% fewer calories than traditional foods, and therefore considered fast-food to not focus. Attention to dealing with over-eating and global an epidemic of obesity.
"Fast nutrition is widely cited as an easy target for dietary changes due to high calorie content, but the work of our team in the United States has identified food in restaurants as a whole as an important goal of interventions to address obesity," one of the study's co- Professor at the University of Tufes (Boston, USA) Susan B. Roberts.
Eating is "common in the world," but it is important to "keep in mind that it's easy to overeat when a great meal at the restaurant is just one of those that happens at the end of the day," he says .
In order to arrive at these conclusions, the study measures the caloric content of the most commonly ordered menus in randomly selected fast food outlets in Brazil, China, Finland, Ghana and India, and five chairs at the workplace in Finland, where these dining rooms are common and compare with data from US restaurants.
The investigation revealed that only in China calories from these dishes were lower than in the United States, 719 compared to 1088.
In general, fast food has had fewer calories than those of a table-top restaurant, 809 vs. 1,317 per serving.
In turn, the Finnish chairs analyzed are 25% less calories than the other two types of restaurants, 880 compared to 1,166.
Identifying the factors that can lead to overeating, including dietary practices and environmental factors, can help develop effective anti-obesity interventions, according to this study.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), global obesity has almost tripled over the last four decades.