Fast-Food Meals Bigger Than You Think

Not only does eating fast food expose you to addictive sugar and dangerous trans fats, but it also gives you more calories than you may think. A study found that customers who order large super-size meals at fast-food restaurants consumed about 500 calories more than they thought. And even those who ate smaller meals consumed nearly 100 calories more than they estimated.

And a second study found that the larger a meal gets, the harder it becomes to estimate how many calories are involved (not to mention that when you eat out, you don't know how the meal is prepared, or with what ingredients, which adds to the difficulty).  

If you still haven't seen Morgan Spurlock's Super-Size Me documentary, I highly recommend it, as it will make you think twice about eating fast food, and give you plenty of motivation to start cooking healthy meals at home.

Annals of Internal Medicine September 5, 2006

USA Today September 4, 2006