Despite Sluggish Economy, Fast Food Sales Are Up

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

The federal reserve chairman says the fragile economy is facing numerous difficulties and warns that rising prices for food and energy are elevating inflation risks.

One thing that doesn't seem to be affected by the sluggish economy is business at fast food restaurants, but that could have a downside too.

The manager of one local fast food restaurant says they've seen such an increase in sales she's been able to give some employees a raise.

She believes many people are looking to fast food because they think it is cheaper than the rising prices at grocery stores.

But is cheaper good for your health?

The general manager at the Hazard Burger King says business is booming despite the current state of the economy.

“Fridays and Saturdays are hopping. Saturday mornings are slow, but then it picks up and it goes all day. and Friday it's non stop,” Burger King General Manager, Carolyn Hill said.

Hill says most people are looking to save money with a quick stop at their favorite fast food joint.

“We have a value menu. It has a dollar items, up to 1.39, so they take a lot of advantage of that!”

Though paying one dollar for a sandwich is hard to beat, doctors say too much fast food can lead to serious health problems.

“It's certainly not good for their health, it can lead to a lot of different problems. The major links they've shown have been with obesity. They've shown obesity to be linked in increased risk of diabetes, increased risk of heart attack, increased risk of high blood pressure,” Dr. Key Douthitt said.

However, most fast food restaurants are offering more healthy alternatives.

“If you look at a lot of the places now, especially in the summer time, they do have some healthy options. They have salads now, some of them will have some baked chicken or grilled chicken. instead of something that's fried,” Dr. Douthitt said.

He says the key to dining out is eating less and making healthier choices.

Dr. Douthitt says a 2007 study showed that a family of four would save about 20 dollars a week if they bought healthy food at the grocery store rather than fast food.

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