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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  • by Marcy Location: Paintsville, KY on Jul 16, 2008 at 07:07 PM
    At this moment fast food prices are cheaper than the grocery store, but before long the rising gas and food prices will increase the restaurant's prices and it then wont be cheaper to eat out than to buy groceries. Common sense says if our grocery prices rise so do the restaurant's prices. At this moment it is still cheaper to make a homemade salad than to buy it from restaurant. Especially if you just get a garden salad and I can make like 4 to the 1 I buy out.
  • by N/A Location: KnottCo. on Jul 16, 2008 at 02:06 PM
    Have people forgot what soup beans, taters, cornbread and gardens are? I always found time to raise a garden regardless of the hours I worked at my job. My wife would can, freeze, dry and put it away, nothing going to waste. I still enjoy my fresh eggs. When I eat chicken I know where it came from, what it ate, and who slaughtered it (ME). I know everyone can't do as i do... but there are plenty that could if only they would. There is no way we could eat out cheaper than we can raise and prepare it ourselves.
  • by check Location: drawer on Jul 16, 2008 at 01:30 PM
    well thats all we eat at the first of the month just after we cash are checks this food is really good to
  • by EM Location: Lex KY on Jul 16, 2008 at 08:56 AM
    When it costs $4 for a pound of beef and close to twice that for chicken - eating at McDonalds or elsewhere off their $1 menu is definately cheaper....maybe not overly healthy but there are healthier options on the $1 menu. It doesn't surprise me that people are doing this - it used to cost less to buy groceries and cook at home because you could fix more for less...but now it's the complete opposite...and forget fruits and vegetables...the prices on those have went out of reach lately. How do they expect people to eat healthy when you can't even afford to drive to the grocery or farmers market? People are doing what they have to in order to make it...and if that means eating fast food to make ends meet - so be it.
  • by Fast food lover on Jul 16, 2008 at 05:50 AM
    What's the difference of buying hamburger meat, cheese and french fries at the grocery store and coming home and fixin it? Actually it's probally cheaper to buy take out, because of the grocery prices. Food is going to be the death of us any way, so why not enjoy?
  • by Nemo Location: down under on Jul 15, 2008 at 08:12 PM
    Great, now the economy is crashing and everyone is going to get fat or clog some arteries. Well at least that will keep the health care industry going for a long long time.


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