The fast food industry is a billion-dollar industry in the United States and a global phenomenon with nearly 10 billion people consuming food products every day.
The fast food segment, which is dominated by fast-food chains, restaurants and delivery services, is responsible for about a third of U.S. GDP and about one-quarter of the global economy.
It employs more than a million people in the U.N. estimates, and about half of the world’s population of over 4 billion lives in the nation.
It is estimated that one in every six Americans, and more than two-thirds of Americans under age 65, eat fast food.
And it is a major contributor to rising obesity rates, the number of obesity-related hospitalizations and deaths.
“There’s a huge demand in fast food for people to consume fast food, and there’s an enormous amount of waste,” said Dr. Daniel Wessel, a senior medical fellow with the Harvard School of Public Health.
“It’s an unsustainable industry.”
The fast-fast food industry generates $30 billion annually in profits for restaurants and food service businesses, but more than $2.3 trillion in waste, according to the U-T San Francisco, and has grown rapidly since the recession of 2008-09.
The U.P. estimated that $3.7 trillion of U-tas food is wasted annually in the country.
The waste from U.T. food waste is estimated to be $1.5 trillion annually, the UF Health Center estimates.
The U.F. Food Waste and Recycling Program, which collects and analyzes U.D.R. waste, estimated that about one million pounds of food were thrown away every day, while the UFP estimates that about 1.5 million pounds were thrown out of service.
Food service companies also receive federal subsidies that provide incentives to expand their operations, including for restaurants to use their own refrigerators, which cost an average of $200 per unit.
But the industry has been slow to respond to the obesity crisis.
It has not launched a plan to combat obesity, nor has it created a comprehensive plan to improve its waste management practices, the report said.
“The industry is not yet ready to make progress in any meaningful way,” Wessel said.
The report comes as U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron announced that Britain would create a “superfast” food program in response to the fast food crisis.
In the United Kingdom, food waste accounts for about 4 percent of food waste, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said in a statement.
That means more than 4.2 billion pounds of waste is generated each year.
Wessel said it was important for the fast-faster food industry to adopt better waste management policies and improve the quality of its waste.
“In order to be a truly sustainable industry, it’s important that food companies work together to better understand their waste and to be aware of how their waste contributes to obesity,” he said.