Drive Thru Americans: Fat and Broke
For some reason this summer I have been paying attention to breakfast traffic at fast food restaurants as I drive to work. What I observe is sad and pathetic.
I’m not going to bore you with a lot of facts and figures. We all read and know that Americans in general are a bunch of lard-asses. We also know that fast food restaurants are major suppliers of foods that I call “fat bombs.” I’ve consumed plenty of fat bombs my lifetime, although rarely over the past few years.
So I suppose it shouldn’t surprise me that during my breakfast hour commute, the lines of cars at the fast food drive thru usually wind all the way around the restaurant and back into the street.
The folks in these lines won’t even get out of the car to purchase their fat bombs. It has to be laziness. It sure can’t be the pleasures of interacting with the drive-thru mystery voice.
I’m speculating that a high percentage of the folks waiting in line for their breakfast fat-fix are regulars. That cost is not insignificant. I tried but failed to find statistics on the average breakfast purchase at U.S. fast food restaurants. So let’s assume that the average overweight consumer is shoving $3.50 worth of fast food down his/her pie hole at each breakfast run. Let’s further assume that the fast food breakfast addict is hitting the drive thru 20 days each month. Do the math yourself.
These are also the people that will drain a disproportionate share of resources from our health care system. Obesity = diabetes and a host of other preventable maladies.
Oh, and I’m not letting you Starbucks regulars off the hook either. You get credit for actually walking into the store but that’s it.
When the government looks for ways to increase tax revenues, they should station a “fat tax” collection booth in each drive-thru line.