The car that fast food drove.

The car that fast food drove.


We’re in the midst of an obesity crisis. The World Health Organisation has called it a global epidemic. In Queensland, 2.5 million of us are classed as either overweight or obese In order to truly appreciate the effects food and kilojoules have on our bodies (kilojoules equal energy we get from food and drink) …we thought we’d take a look at the effect they have… on a car. ‘The car that fast food drove’ (Hilary Jimmieson – clinical dietician) Kilojoules are a measure of how much energy people get from consuming food and drink. (Paul Ellis – consulting engineer) Cars expand energy, just like anything else. an engine’s output is measured in kilowatts, and that’s just kilojoules per second. Ok, here we go. It’s moving. Now we’re testing a typical burger meal from a fast food joint. Burger, chips, soft drink and a sundae. (this burger meal contains 8,600 kilojoules) We have 8,600 kilojoules, almost all of our average daily kilojoule intake. (The average adult kilojoule intake is around 8,700kj a day) (kilowatts=kilojoules per second) So most of the energy our body needs, in a single meal. Ok we’ve hit our cruising speed of 80 kilometers per hour We’re a kilometer down and we’ve only used 1,500 kilojoules! This is surprising. Right, two kilometers, nearly 3000 kilojoules burned Did you know? Unused kilojoules get stored as fat and can contribute to weight gain. 4 kilometers! This is getting crazy All from a single fast food meal that some of us eat multiple times a week – a day even. Ok wow, we’ve just passed 5 kilometers. Well, that is truly surprising. We just drove a 1.2 tonne car, 5.94 kilometers using the energy found in a fast food burger meal. We eat this stuff all the time and it’s enough to power a car. Unbelievable! (This burger, chips, drink and sundae can power a 1.2 tonne car 5.94km.) (can power a human body through 8 hours of weight lifting) (Do you need that much energy?) (Can you burn it off?) (Find out your healthy daily kilojoule intake at healthier.qld.gov.au)

6 thoughts on “The car that fast food drove.

  1. Okay but 8000 kjs is our Basel metabolic rate. that's what you burn by just lying down without moving for 24 hours. Add walking, working, and a bit of exercise and your requirement can jump up to 14000 or 16000 kjs. Absolute bullshit. Fake news

  2. fast food has no energy, it drains energy from your body, because your body struggles to digest it.

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