Doing an intense personal study on Fast food and heart disease. Its a geographic study comparing fast food consumption per capita to death rates from heart Disease.
There is no question fast food is bad for us. Its high in calories and void of nutrition. I'm not endorsing fast food. But so far I am having an extremely hard time connecting fast food consumption with risk for dying of heart disease, both in the United states and world wide.
I know I know, we all, including myself, associate a greasy cheeseburger and fries with clogging up arteries. But so far it ain't adding up.
WORLD WIDE the United States is number one in fast food, but it is a far cry from being #1 in Heart Disease. Instead death from heart disease rages in eastern Europe and Russia, as well as a few other countries who's fast food consumption per capita is only a tiny fraction of the USA.
Back home in the USA, if we look at the number of fast food joints per 1000 population, we find the higher density of restaurants where heart disease is less.
For example: In Mississippi there is fewer fast food joints per 1000 people, yet mississippi is #1 in death from heart disease in the united states. Meanwhile Montana has double the fast food joints per 1000 population of Mississippi, and very low death rates from heart disease.
However restaurant density per 1000 people may not be the best measure. How many calories of fast food individuals are downing would be a more accurate measure, and that is achieved by looking at expenditure per capita.