Fast food contains more fat, saturated fat, added sugars, added salt, and energy and less dietary fiber; therefore, eating fast food seems to have an adverse effect on diet quality (15–17). (18) investigated fast food consumption among 4,746 school students aged 11 to 18 years and reported that about 75% of adolescents ate at fast food restaurants during the week previous to the survey.

Moreover, consuming fast food was associated with lower intakes of fruits, vegetables, and milk.

Objective: The aim of this study was to examine the trends of fast food consumption among adolescent and young adult Saudi girls living in Riyadh, and to compare between them.

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In addition, meals and snacks based on food prepared outside home contained more calories, and were higher in total fat and saturated fat and lower in dietary fiber, calcium, and iron, than home-made foods (10).

Moreover, a strong positive association has been reported between fast food consumption and both weight gain and insulin resistance, suggesting that fast food increases the risks of obesity and type 2 diabetes (11).

In the public restaurants, women are required to use specially designated family sections.

Consequently, for women, eating in restaurants means more than consuming a meal for hunger.

Many of teenagers’ dietary behaviors may be related to some distorted perceptions adopted by them.

A study reported that adolescent girls associated consumption of fast food with pleasure, friends, and independence, while they associated consumption of healthy food with parents and being at home (3).

Adolescents and young adults form the main consumers for fast food meals compared with older people (2, 12).

As taste, time considerations, convenience, and cost are major factors that contribute to an adolescent’s or young adult’s food choices, fast food restaurants serve as popular sites for their meals eaten outside the home (13, 14).

Fast food first popularized in the 1970s in the United States, which has today the largest fast food industry in the world.