More than half of local restaurants offer fast food


The 2013 health study showed that more than half of our local restaurants are fast food, higher than most other counties in central Indiana. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal

After a long day at work or out running errands, grabbing a sandwich at a fast-food restaurant can sound like a good option for a meal.

In Johnson County, finding fast food isn’t a problem. A total of 56 percent of restaurants are fast food, according to statistics from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The county is tied with neighboring Morgan County for the highest percentage of fast-food restaurants in central Indiana and ranks 14th-highest among Indiana’s 92 counties.

Although fast food can be a quick and cheap bite to eat, health studies suggest a wider availability of high-calorie and high-fat foods can lead to higher rates of obesity or chronic diseases among residents.

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