Some restaurants not helping obesity epidemic

Aug 03, 2011

Many restaurants continue to serve incredibly unhealthy meals

While the number of obese Americans continues to grow, possibly increasing the number of life insurance claims, some restaurants keep serving incredibly unhealthy meals. The Center for Science in Public Interest conducts a yearly study in which they review menu items from the country's most popular restaurants, in order to identify fatty, salty and calorically heavy dishes, according to TIME.

Once they have completed the study, the most offensively unhealthy items are included in the CSPI's Xtreme Eating Awards. The restaurants that had items taking top honors were among the county's most popular chains.

Taking home not one, but two awards on this year's list was The Cheesecake Factory. The restaurant group's Farmhouse Cheeseburger includes pork belly, a fried egg, cheddar cheese and a hefty serving of fries. The sandwich packs 1,530 calories, 36 grams of fat and a whopping 3,210 milligrams of sodium, the media outlet reports. Not to be outdone by a burger, the factory also dishes out a red velvet cheesecake that has 1,540 calories and 59 grams of fat.

Rounding out the list of unhealthy offenders were Applebee's, Denny's, Morton's Steakhouse, Cold Stone Creamery, IHOP and The Great Steak. 

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