Big Mac, Thin Wallet: Fast Food Breaks Your Bank and Your Brain

from nytimes.com: In recent years we have seen plenty of studies of the impact of fast food on our bodies. But what about our psychological health? … Across several studies, we found that thoughts of fast food spurred participants to hurry through reading a paragraph describing their city; express a greater desire for time-saving products; report less happiness from savoring a beautiful opera duet; and save less for tomorrow. These findings — that our associations with fast food can induce greater impatience — are interesting in their own right, but they are especially important because of the pervasiveness of fast food in our modern environment.