• In 1970, Americans spent about $6 billion on fast food; in 2000, they spent more than $110 billion. Americans now spend more money on fast food than on higher education, personal computers, computer software, or new cars. They spend more on fast food than on movies, books, magazines, newspapers, videos, and recorded music—combined.

    Eric Schlosser (2001). “Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal”, p.3, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt