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Fast Food Induces Haste, Impatience

We often think of fast food as a simple, quick, time-saving meal while we’re on the go. Families especially embrace the ability to fill up for a quick lunch or dinner without all the fuss of cooking (especially if they are already out shopping or going to the movies). All of this makes fast food a multi-billion dollar industry.

The lack of nutritional value in most fast food — such as that found at McDonald’s, Burger King, Taco Bell or KFC — has been well-documented in numerous studies and documentaries. It’s hard not to be overwhelmed by the sheer number of calories and sodium in a Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese (740 calories, 42 grams of fat, and 1380 mg of sodium) or a Whopper with Cheese (720 calories, 44 grams of fat, and 1240 mg of sodium).

But few researchers have explored the psychological effects of fast food. Does fast food impact our lives in other, perhaps more subtle ways?

That’s why Zhong & DeVoe (2010) set to find out.

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Fast Food Induces Haste, Impatience

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  1. Are you aware that the patriarchs of the State of Maryland legislature just passed a bill, that our equally invested governor Martin O’Malley is sure to sign as a colleague of Democrats Of Greatness (ie DOGs), that will make drive throughs for food illegal in the state, as driving while eating is a danger to fellow citizens?

    Can you believe this crap?! I live in a state that will dictate what I can do behind the wheel, what health care I can access, and they already pretty much tell me what meds I can prescribe when I work in state facilities.

    Hey, a lot of you commenters out there think that Democrat solutions are the next coming of the messiah. Bet you can’t wait for Jesus to be resurrected so he can tell you more things you have to do, whether you like it or not.

    Maybe a bit of an extreme analogy, but, listen to a politician of late. A lot of deity complexes out there, eh?

  2. I was burned by some goofball columnist at The Sun newspaper on Tuesday who ran a column that spoofed the future of legislation directing choice in Maryland. But, you know what, the joke is still on us, as if there is no change in the status quo of politicians in local, state, and federal levels, don’t be surprised if there will be a legit headline in future legislative cycles that will dictate choice based on their perverted idea of what is best for the population.

    After all, we have witnessed tyranny in other cultures. You really think we can be immune to it here in America? With the public that is??

  3. One thing I appreciate about this site is the creative selection of topics blogged about, and this is a very interesting entry. I wonder, however, if the correlations were attributed to those who had type A personalities?

  4. Very interesting…there are many things appearing on the landscape that are speeding up or changing our perception of time…I see this affect on kids…many different outgrowths to all this exposure I’m sure…fascinating…and concerning



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