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4th of July Weekend and Fast Foods

4th of July Weekend and Fast Foods

The holiday weekend is here! Across America, families are packing their cars for road trips and jaunts to patriotic picnics.

The smartest folks filled up their tanks early in the week. How many noticed how petrol prices dropped a week or so, only to rise by Wednesday afternoon before the holiday weekend?

I filled up at $3.57 and thought that was a great deal. (How did we get to that point?)

What are you doing for the 4th of July Weekend?

Speaking of gas, did you ever wonder which U.S. states consume the most fast food? has actually published a list of the top 10 states for fast food eaters. Here’s the roster of dubious honorees, posted alphabetically:

  • Alabama
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • West Virginia

Is your state on the list for top fast food consumption? Does this list surprise you?

Intriguingly, has also published a list of the Top Fat States, based on obesity statistics. Here they are (in descending order):

  1. Mississippi
  2. Alabama
  3. West Virginia
  4. Tennessee
  5. South Carolina
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Kentucky
  8. Louisiana
  9. Michigan
  10. Arkansas and Ohio (tied)

Maybe fast food customers in Maryland, Ohio, Texas and Utah are ordering salads at the drive-through. Keep reading to see how well Utah residents burn off their fast food consumption!

Gee, perhaps folks in Arkansas, Michigan, South Carolina and Tennessee may need to get moving … or stop stopping for fast food so often. (Just sayin’.)

Which states boast the slimmest folks?

The lowest rates of obesity, also according to, are found in these U.S. states:

  1. Colorado
  2. Massachusetts
  3. Connecticut
  4. Rhode Island
  5. Hawaii
  6. Vermont
  7. Washington, DC
  8. Utah
  9. Montana
  10. New Jersey
Does this data change your 4th of July travel menu?

Who’s ready to save calories and cash by packing a healthy picnic basket for the 4th of July Weekend family road trip? Do we really need to pick burgers, chicken nuggets or fries on the way to a barbecue ... where we will likely be served similar fare? (Even Freedom Fries?) 

Obviously, it's a personal choice, but the results may be reflected in next year's state statistics.

Pass the apples, cut-up celery and carrots and Rye Krisps. Toss those water bottles in the cooler, would you?

Let’s roll for a fabulous, safe and healthy 4th of July Weekend!

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1 comment:

  1. Wow. Great info. I'm surprised Georgia is not on that list.

    Have a good holiday. :-)



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