Despite repeated messages about fatty foods and the risks associated with obesity, Australians continue to eat fast foods. In a 2007 survey of over 500 South Australians’ takeaway food habits, it was found that Australians eat fast food, on average, 3.4 times per month. The most common reason given for buying fast-food was convenience, with more than one-third of people surveyed saying they were in a hurry or did not have time to cook.
Despite our knowledge that fast food is high in fat and unhealthy, Australians continue to overindulge. This type of study further supports the need to encourage people to choose healthier takeaway options.