Almost 40% say too many fast food chains

Nearly 40% say the number of fast food restaurants should be limited - poll.
Almost 40% say too many fast food chains
BIG BITE: Fast food restaurants have come under fire for serving calorie-laden dishes.
By Elsa Baxter
Thu 10 Jun 2010 07:11 AM

Nearly 40 percent of people say there are too many fast food restaurants in the region that are contributing to rising obesity rates, the latest Arabian Business poll has found.

A total of 39.6 percent of respondents to the online poll said there were too many fast food restaurants and their numbers should be limited.

Obesity rates are escalating across the world, with more than 1 billion adults classed as overweight and at least 300 million clinically obese, according to figures from the World Health Organisation.

Exact figures of Middle Eastern obesity rates are hard to find, yet it is widely accepted that more needs to be done to tackle the region’s expanding waistlines and increased health problems associated with weight, like diabetes and heart disease.

Fast food chains have come under fire for serving calorie-laden dishes, like Burger King’s Whopper which contains 670 kcal and McDonald’s Big Mac that has 540 kcal, and many now offering healthy choices including salads and soups.

However, according to the AB poll, 14.5 percent of people said fast food chains were not only to blame for weight problems and that high-end restaurants also served food high in calories and fat.

A further 38.6 percent of people said more needs to be done generally to educate people about healthy food choices.

Yet, some 7.3 percent said they did not think there was an obesity problem in the region.

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