America's Biggest Fast Food Cities Have Nothing to Be Ashamed Of


fast food mcdonald'sIs there anything not to love about fast food? I think not. Really, the name says it all. It's fast. It's food. And when you're in a time crunch, aside from the possible high-calorie overload and slight food coma following your meal, it's convenient. Here in bustling New York -- there's a fast food restaurant every 1.267 yards. (OK, I estimated.)

So you can imagine my surprise when I took a look at Bundle's list of the top 10 cities in the U.S. that spent money on national fast food chains, and the Big Apple wasn't one of them. Honestly, I couldn't believe it.

Take a look at the list of biggest fast food cities -- is yours on the list?

10. Omaha, Nebraska

9. Baton Rouge, Louisiana

8. Raleigh, North Carolina

7. Chandler, Arizona

6. Kansas City, Missouri

5. Fort Wayne, Indiana

4. Akron, Ohio

3. Wichita, Kansas

2. Madison, Wisconsin

... and the No. 1 Fast food city is (drum-roll please):

1. Plano, Texas

Now before all of you who live in any of the aforementioned cities get all defensive -- saying things like, "I promise we're not all fat here in Plano!" or "But Pizza Hut was founded here in Wichita!" -- don't fret. I understand. In fact, I bet you're all healthy as horses!

The fact of the matter is that in today's good ol' America, fast food isn't just all greasy hamburgers and French fries. There are healthy options at all of the restaurants included in the survey. Whether it's swapping out your French fries for some apple slices when you're frequenting the Golden Arches or leaving off the cheese on your six-inch Subway club, being a fast foodie is about the choices you make, not how much you spend.

If you ask me, I think living in one of these cities is an honor, considering how many others you beat out for the top spots! It's so much better to be on this list than the worst dressed cities in America, wouldn't you agree?

Do you live in one of America's biggest fast food cities?


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Ataem... Ataemommy

Sorry, but adding apple slices to a cheeseburger isn't going to make your meal healthy. Once again, a midwesterner is deluded about what healthy food really consists of. "Leaving the cheese off" of your six inch Subway sub doesn't get rid of the boatload of calories and carbs in the BREAD itself.

This article goes to show you even the common writer doesn't know jack about nutrition and YES, there is a reason that all of these states have huge obesity problems. It certainly isn't from the apples they add to their value meal.

nonmember avatar Monzie

Yes. However, it is important to note that Madison is home to a disproportionately large population of poor, hungry college students. They account for about 20% of the city's total population. It takes a LOT of Taco Bell value meals to keep those frat boys fed!

Woode... Woodenvelt

So it should be considered a coincidence that Plano is one of the biggest consumers of fast food in the nation and has also recently overtaken Houston to become the fattest city in Texas?

Spike... SpikedMango

I'm so over the health food craze. Portion control is one thing, but cutting entire groups of food because of a few carbs is ridiculous.

Life is too short to not enjoy it. Eat what tastes GOOD to you. Just don't eat a two metric tons of it at every meal.

Allison Priest Leonard

I can't believe Houston isn't on here! I thought we would be for sure.

bether89 bether89

I do not.

JHanc968 JHanc968

Not on there!

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