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U.S. Restaurants Make Patrons Fat

U.S. Restaurants Make Patrons Fat
The Cheesecake Factory's Crispy Chicken Costoletta has 2,610 calories.

WASHINGTON (UPI) — U.S. obesity rates show signs of improving, but restaurants serving 3,000-calorie plates of pasta aren’t helping, a non-profit group says.

Michael F. Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington, said most people wouldn’t sit down to eat a 12-piece bucket of Original Recipe KFC all by themselves, but the Cheesecake Factory crams about that many calories into a single serving of its Crispy Chicken Costoletta at 2,610 calories.

To put these numbers into context, a typical adult should consume about 2,000 calories and no more than 20 grams of saturated fat and 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends consuming no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugars for women and 9 teaspoons for men.

Included in the latest “winners” of its Xtreme Eating Awards in the current issue of its Nutrition Action Healthletter were:

  • IHOP’s Country Fried Steak & Eggs combo has 1,760 calories, 23 grams of saturated fat, 3,720 milligrams of sodium and 11 teaspoons of added sugar. It consists of deep-fried steak with gravy, two fried eggs, deep-fried potatoes and two buttermilk pancakes.
  • Johnny Rockets’ Bacon Cheddar Double burger has 1,770 calories, 50 grams of saturated fat and 2,380 milligrams of sodium. The chain’s Big Apple Shake — a milkshake that contains a slice of apple pie — has 1,140 calories, 37 grams of saturated fat and about 13 teaspoons of added sugar. This meal delivers a total of 3,500 calories.
  • The Deep Dish Macaroni & 3-Cheese at Uno Chicago Grill has 4 cups of pasta; Cheddar, Parmesan and Romano cheeses; an Alfredo sauce made from heavy cream, cheese, rendered chicken fat and butter; and a crushed Ritz Cracker topping. It has a day’s worth of calories at 1,980, 3.5 days’ worth of saturated fat at 71 grams and two days’ worth of sodium at 3,110 mg.

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  • http://n.a. mort_f

    The author neglected to mention those famous restaurants in Washington, DC that are frequented by our legislators and lobbyist elites. How about a 2 pound steak at the Palm? Or the many other examples of conspicuous consumption frequented by the expense account crowd.

    • wandamurline

      Restaurants do not make people any more fat than spoons do or guns kill people….both the spoon and the gun have to have a hand in order to get the food to the mouth or the gun to shoot. These people are riduculous….people make themselves fat and only people can be responsible for the results….just like the last election….elections have consequences, and even before the new four years of the same crap we have gone through because of the morons who re-elected him, everyone is going to get to participate in the consequences of that….that should be a wake up call to people who actually think BO cares about anyone other than himself….the first out of the shoot was when people got their first paycheck in January and their withholding taxes went up….this is just the start….wait for it.

  • Warren

    I am concerned with terms , “make patrons fat”. No one is forcing those patrons to eat that food. If nobody wanted it…..the restaurants wouldn’t serve it. Blaming the restaurant for making people fat …blaming the gun for killing people …blaming the credit card for debt.
    I am glad none of my bad habits are my fault !

  • Soundbiteme

    At least the comments are RIGHT ON here! WTF…Obama’s blame the other guy administration at work destroying the American way of life!!!

  • Bob Johnson

    What I eat, where i eat, and how much i weight is no one’s business but mine. the world and those that want to know all of that, can go to the blazes.

  • Jason

    Im already craving the Deep Dish Macaroni & 3-Cheese at Uno Chicago Grill. I wish I never read about it.

    • Jim S

      I don’t know. The country fried steak and eggs sounds awfully good. :-)

  • Robert Morrow

    I have never seen any Restaurant forcing anyone to eat their foods, so what good is this article taking up space for? Personally I eat very seldom at Restaurants as I cook better and healthier at home, that is plus the savings of money. Retired Chef Robert

    • al

      Right on Bob. The elbow is necessary to get the pie to the pie hole. Every Fat person has only one person to blame or thank for the fat.
      Figure it Out, it is a one party solution……
      And it is not any business of the government, nor is healthcare.
      You should not be paying for my health care, because you have no control over what I do with my body or my money.

  • Chester

    Funny thing is, most of those HIGH CALORIE dishes are meant to be shared around the table, not slogged through by a single person. Ought to hear them screaming about Outback’s onion flowers, with over three thousand calories, That is an appetizer, intended to be shared by three or four people instead of the one it is assumed MUST eat it for it to be ordered.

  • gaaak

    Realize that the CSPI has NOTHING to do with science. They’re Bloomberg people. Nanny-Staters who are into CONTROL.

  • diamina

    First of all there is NOTHING done in the “publics interest”! Now with that said I do take issue with the foods that are out there for the general publics consumption. Obesity is a HUGE issue (no pun inttended) because the food mfgs are allowed to put HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP in EVERYTHING! Check labels in your pantries! Further our wheat has been forever morphed with a protein that causes “wheat belly” and celiac disease! When will they stop the use of corn syrup n salt (another problem) in our foods…its not necessary and would actually make that pizza (which sounds kinda nasty but that shake sounds yummy) have far less calories in it!

  • Anthony Alexander

    “U.S. obesity rates show signs of improving, but restaurants serving 3,000-calorie plates of pasta aren’t helping, a non-profit group says”
    Give me a BREAK!!! No-one standing there with a gun to these people’s heads and forcing them to eat this glorified DogS__T…When are people going to take personal responsibility for their own actions. The real they are obese is that they have no SEF-CONTROL… their personal mantra is “if it tastes good I’ll eat it”, forget the consequences. In this country they eat ANYTHING, and I mean ANYTHING. If someone was selling sautéed raccoons AS___LES Americans would eat it. They massage their runaway mental problems by drowning themselves in high empty calorie foods that have no nutrition what so ever. Then blame the fast food industry. The same mentality is applying the same logic to gun control. They eat tons of sweets, sodas, junk food. Everywhere you go the portions are HUGE that could feed 6 people. Obesity rates are NOT improving. It’s a myth. The reality is that more and more people are getting to gargantuan sizes. Even the clothes they are sweat pants, bagging shirts, baggy this and baggy that. Then you have the ones who are pressed into their hip huger jeans with more rolls of fat hanging over their waistlines and tight shirts all garnished with the latest tattoos they look like a circus sausage tied off at two ends. The when these people get sick and hospitalized for their bad eating habit now they want the government to step in and carry them and ME who has taken care of myself and eaten right the taxpayer has to pay for THEIR actions……. The whole affair is disgusting….

  • Joey

    This is fitting for a health blog or subscription feed but it’s not personal liberty to tell folks what places they can and can’t eat otherwise.


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