"As the state epidemiologist, I take every chance I get to raise awareness about the obesity epidemic. But I have to confess that my family not infrequently eats fast food. And I know we’re not alone. We’re all busy, and on-the-go food is a tasty timesaver. In 2002, there were about 222,000 fast-food locations in the United States, generating sales of more than $125 billion."