3 Fat Chicks on a Diet Weight Loss Community  

Go Back   3 Fat Chicks on a Diet Weight Loss Community > Support Forum > Weight Loss Support

Weight Loss Support Give and get support here!

Have drive-thru restaraunts contributed to our poor eating habits?

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 02-02-2007, 11:09 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
Tara D's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Midwest
Posts: 640

S/C/G: S:157/C:121/G:125

Height: 5'4"

Default Have drive-thru restaraunts contributed to our poor eating habits?

For some reason that I don't know, I've been thinking a lot about ethical and societal issues this week. I've noticed that often on this forum, people talk about frequenting fast food restaurants, and more often than not, they talk about buying large quantities of food as they go through the drive-thru. I wonder if the anonimity provided by a drive-thru contributes to less inhibition to order excess amounts of food.

If you think about it, when you go through the drive-thru, you talk to a speaker and then maybe 1 (at most two) workers. No other customers hear or see you order. None of the other workers see you, and chances are fairly good that the person at the window might be a person you haven't ordered from before.

Would it be harder (due to self-consciousness) to order excess amounts of food if we actually HAD to go into the fast food restaurants?Would we be less likely to go to fast food restaurants at all?

Would things be different if drive-thrus didn't exist?
Tara D is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2007, 11:22 AM   #2
Just Me
 
nelie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Maryland
Posts: 15,246

S/C/G: 364/202/182

Height: 5'6"

Default

Do that many people really use the drive-thru at restaurants? I can't remember the last time I've been through a drive-thru and usually it was out of thirst, not hunger but since I've stopped drinking diet sodas, I don't use drive-thrus any more.
__________________
You can't out-exercise poor eating habits.
nelie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2007, 11:27 AM   #3
MeoW
 
cupcake84's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Nova Scotia
Posts: 225

S/C/G: 275/215/160

Height: 5'7

Default

that is true for myself, i would always go to the drive thru---and order huge amounts of food (a supersize meal, 2 extra burgers & like chicken nuggets)things that i would never order if i actually went inside the restaurant. i would just tell myself that they thought i was getting food for like people lol
what a fool i was lol
__________________
[url=http://www.TickerFactory.com/weight-loss/w36ZSx9/]

In it to Win it
cupcake84 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2007, 11:31 AM   #4
Boston Qualifier and MOM
 
ennay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Oregon
Posts: 5,795

S/C/G: 186/see ticker/?

Height: 5'3.75"

Default

Oh yeah, people do. I dont get fastfood often, but if I do it is always drive thru--and always to avoid taking my kids out of the car. So in that sense, yes, because there are days I would starve to death before I would get out of the car with my kids. I even do drive thru grocery shopping now (online shop/pick up)

seriously though
It is very common for binge disorders to use drive thrus to hide it. but truthfully, most bingers would just find another way. Of all the binge temptations out there fast food is for me the easiest to avoid. One there is a delay between impulse and gratification which gives me talk down time. Two, if it is one of those kinds of days where its shouting to me, I lock my purse in the trunk.
__________________
A whole lot of setbacks. Starting over.

My before/after pics
ennay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2007, 11:41 AM   #5
Just Me
 
nelie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Maryland
Posts: 15,246

S/C/G: 364/202/182

Height: 5'6"

Default

Oh I wasn't a fast food binger, maybe that is why I would go to the grocery store, walking down aisles and putting stuff in my cart that I'd eat later. One of my favorites was a loaf of french bread with some brie.
__________________
You can't out-exercise poor eating habits.
nelie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2007, 11:53 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
Mrs Quadcrew's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Central Ohio
Posts: 939

S/C/G: 270/190/150

Height: 5'4"

Default

OMG Nelie - I am you!! Brie and french bread......I was in the hospital once for a very extended period of time, and I called my sister and had her BRING me some Brie and french bread!!

Fast food has never been a big deal for me. I always wanted the good stuff!
__________________
"wrap your brain around the idea that this is for the rest of your life" (thanks Jillybean!)


Christmas Gift Goal - 170 pounds (which will be 100 pounds GONE!) - 17 to go!
Mrs Quadcrew is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2007, 11:55 AM   #7
3 + years maintaining
 
rockinrobin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 12,070

S/C/G: 287/120's

Height: 5 foot nuthin'

Default

Tara I don't think this question is quite the same as your last 130 + response question.

I think it is perfectly ethical to have a drive-thru. It's simply a matter of convience that people have gotten used to. We have drive through banks and drive thru cleaners. We surely are a lazy society, aren't we? Do some people have more binges because of them? Probably. But like already mentioned people who want to binge WILL binge. Even if they have to get out of the car to do so. I think we'd still have just as many obese people with or without the drive thrus. But maybe that's just me, I'm like Nelie and Mrs. Quadcrew, fast food was not a big problem for me. Eating food fast, that WAS a problem. I still need to work on that in fact.
rockinrobin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2007, 12:04 PM   #8
Just Yr Everyday Chick
 
JayEll's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Florida
Posts: 10,087

S/C/G: Lost 50 lbs, regained some

Height: 5'3"

Default

I have seen some drive-thru liquor stores. Duh!!!!

Jay
__________________
"My religion is kindness." --His Holiness the Dalai Lama

JayEll is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2007, 12:08 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: San Diego
Posts: 6,182

S/C/G: 200/Ethan born 1-11-13/130

Default

I don't think it's drive-throughs specifically, but I do think the "culture of convenience" (of which drive throughs are a subset) contributes to poor eating habits and obesity. Everything is quick quick quick! Very few people cook meals, it's frozen this and pizza delivery that and Go Gurt and "let's hit the Cheesecake factory after work!"
__________________
SIX YEARS at maintenance weight!

My very long weight loss story

"I saw an angel in the marble and I chiseled until I set it free."
Michelangelo
Glory87 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2007, 12:09 PM   #10
Intuituve Eater
 
Obsidianbbw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: NY/NJ
Posts: 995

S/C/G: 375/359/349

Height: 5'7

Default

For me isn't wasn't so much the drive thru, it was eating in my car. I was almost like if I ate in the car it didn't count. The was one of the first rules I made when I started. No if I eat in my car its because I've been out all day and I didn't bring any fruit with me.Usually it is a small drink and a small burger. I'm not really a fry person.
__________________
Obie =every 5lbs lost

I didn't gain it overnight and I am not going to lose it overnight/"There is do- and do not- there is no try." - Yoda /Slow and Steady Wins the Race / I can't stop, I won't stop-Diddy / One meal does not determine the rest of my life/ 330 goal 7/17/2012


My journey




Obsidianbbw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2007, 12:51 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
alinnell's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Southern California
Posts: 9,833

S/C/G: 173/in progress/140ish

Height: 5'8"

Default

The city where I live has an ordinance against drive through eateries. They do have drive through banks and pharmacies and I think one drive through convenience store. The reasoning is that people who use drive throughs for food will eat in their car and then throw the litter out on the street.

In any case, I've never been a fast food binger and probably not a binger in the sense that I don't eat huge amounts of food. I'm usually pretty restrained but do go overboard from time to time.
__________________

(`'•.¸(`'•.¸ ¸.•'´) ¸.•'´)
``•Allison•``
(¸.•'´(¸.•'´ `'•.¸)`' •.¸)



“A Year from Now You May Wish You Had Started Today”~Karen Lamb
alinnell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2007, 12:59 PM   #12
Somethin's gotta give
 
marie.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Bakersfield, ca
Posts: 558

Default

alinnel- where do you live??Im in cali and never heard of that,but what a novel idea!Even when I was thin, if I drove through for lunch and bought more than one anything, I always got 2 small cokes...crazy...
__________________

Veni, vidi, velcro. I came, I saw, I stuck around
marie. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2007, 01:12 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
alinnell's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Southern California
Posts: 9,833

S/C/G: 173/in progress/140ish

Height: 5'8"

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by marie. View Post
alinnel- where do you live??Im in cali and never heard of that,but what a novel idea!Even when I was thin, if I drove through for lunch and bought more than one anything, I always got 2 small cokes...crazy...
Palm Desert, CA

Mind you that all the neighboring cities DO have drive through restaurants--so if you're really lazy you just drive an extra 10 miles!!!
__________________

(`'•.¸(`'•.¸ ¸.•'´) ¸.•'´)
``•Allison•``
(¸.•'´(¸.•'´ `'•.¸)`' •.¸)



“A Year from Now You May Wish You Had Started Today”~Karen Lamb
alinnell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2007, 02:28 PM   #14
back in the game
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 928

S/C/G: 311/180/170

Height: around 5'10"

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Glory87 View Post
I don't think it's drive-throughs specifically, but I do think the "culture of convenience" (of which drive throughs are a subset) contributes to poor eating habits and obesity.
I agree with this... Drive-thrus are one symptom of a much larger, much more complex problem.

When I worked at a fast-food restaurant, the mgr said 65-75% of the business was through the drive-thru and it certainly seemed to be true.
futuresurferchick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2007, 02:35 PM   #15
Wastin' Away Again!
 
Beach Patrol's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: on the beach
Posts: 2,313

S/C/G: 192/170/130

Height: 5'3" 50 years old

Default

Yes, I do believe that D-T restaurants have contributed to society's poor eating habits, as well as the TV dinner & nuke-foods. I believe that the things that are REALLY bad for you are PROCESSED FOODS. All the chemicals & colorings & special additives to just make something shelf stable CAN'T be all that good for us.... Just my personal theory.
__________________
CHANGE IS HARD.
BUT PERPETUAL DISSATISFACTION AIN'T NO PICNIC EITHER!


You CAN have ANYTHING you want,
but you CAN'T have EVERYTHING you want!
~my mama!
Beach Patrol is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply
Posts by members, moderators and admins are not considered medical advice
and no guarantee is made against accuracy.


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:35 PM.






Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.3.2