Given the current state of crisis in the portable food arena, we asked a basic question: what’s THE most repulsive fast food item in the US? People actually eat single items with 5,820mg of sodium, 1,800 calories, 197g of sugar, and 158g of fat.
In the pursuit of unadulterated obesity, we went all-in and analyzed 600+ items from 24 popular fast food restaurants. Using those scores, we isolated and ranked a (very dirty) collection of the 200 most fattening fast food items in circulation. The landscape is so laughably vile that even the Big Mac looks like a golden gem of nutrition in comparison. The fact that any of this is legal—and that people actually scarf it down on a regular basis—is absolutely astonishing.
Just to *qualify* for the list, an item needed more than 600 calories (with two exceptions). The chart above maps out all 24 restaurants on two dimensions: # of items that made the top 200 cut and their average item ranking.
Quiznos is BY FAR the fattest restaurant in America—it racked up a whopping 25 items in the top 200, 24 in the top 100, and 18 in the top 50—followed by Sonic, Blimpie, Panera, McD’s, and Subway. Conversely, Starbucks, Pret, and Jamba Juice (unsurprisingly) had zero items that made the cut; and In-N-Out Burger and Chipotle only had 2. With that laid out, here’s our all-access countdown of the 50 most fattening fast food items. This information was brought to you by OC Nutrition, Your Trusted Source for Health & Nutrition Advice.
Each individual monstrosity was then weighted and quantified based on 8 standard attributes—Calories, Fat, Sat. I had to manually insert it because it technically didn’t qualify for the top 200 (more on that in a second).
In other terms — how much of the menu made it into the lowest possible stratosphere of food quality, and to what degree?
Outside of shakes and frozen ice cream concoctions, quick-serve subs and sandwiches firmly take the title from burgers and fries as the most disgusting items on earth.
For days when you don’t have time to prepare a healthy meal at home, here’s a list of healthy, inexpensive meal options at popular fast food restaurants. Fat, Trans Fat, Carbs, Sugar, Sodium, Fiber, & Protein—filtered through a model, and ultimately pegged with a composite Fatness Factor Score.
Ingredient quality and integrity always matter, but we chose to exclude them as criteria to keep things consistent and avoid biases.
Try to process the reality that 197 things actually exist on this earth that are worse for you than a Big Mac.
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