Let's Make October 17th A Day Without Fast Food

October 12, 2017 by Joel Fuhrman, MD

We have National Donut Day, National Greasy Foods Day and even National Fluffernutter Day (I kid you not). Here’s a radical idea: instead of celebrating things that harm us, why not spend a day celebrating our commitment to eating a healthy diet, free of the toxic, addictive and harmful “Frankenfoods” that are destroying the health of our nation? In that spirit, I am declaring this Tuesday, October 17, 2017, a national Day Without Fast Food, Junk Food, Soda or Candy.

I invite you to join me in spreading awareness of this deepening crisis that affects all levels of our society. The continued acceptance of fast food in our culture harms us, in ways that go beyond the country’s skyrocketing rates of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity and cancer. Did you know that consumption of fast food also has a devastating effect on our intellectual capacity, and plays a large role in perpetuating depression, drug use, violence and bigotry?

You may be wondering how food choice can have such far-reaching effects. Surely, the occasional burger-fries-soda combo can’t do much harm, right?


Products like burgers, fries, sodas, and energy bars are now our primary source of calories here in the U.S.  And people who eat the most fast food and candy are suffering terribly not just with diabetes, premature cardiac death and obesity, but also with early-in-life strokes, mental illness, and medical dependency.  We are eating foods that have been designed to drive food addiction and alter our brains to perpetuate dysfunctional eating.

And it’s not enough to avoid the offerings at fast food restaurants, pizzerias and so on. Fast food is found in every grocery store – and it’s probably as close as your kitchen pantry. Take a moment to reflect on your last weekly shopping trip, and visualize the contents of your cart: are there boxes of meal “helpers”? White flour pasta? Cold cereal? Cookies and cakes? Jarred sauces? Deli meats and cheeses? Frozen entrees? Snack foods? All of this is fast food. And eating it has deadly consequences.

The most tragic aspect of our fast food obsession is that we are raising children who don’t even know what real food is — a whole generation who think preparing food from a box is healthful because it is home-cooked. Let’s hit the pause button on our complicit attitude towards toxic, human-engineered foods that affect our health, our minds, and our lives. Fast and processed food is advertised like a quick and easy way to satisfy hunger, but it is time we recognize its dramatic harm on all facets of society.

Our country is facing a national crisis brought upon by our reliance on fast food. In my new book, Fast Food Genocide, I explore how fast and processed foods affect both physical and mental health. Studies have shown that the sodium, sweetening agents, oils and chemicals used to create these products cause inflammation and are toxic. Adults who eat fast food just two times a week have a 51 percent higher chance of depression. In contrast, a nutrient-dense diet protects the body and builds intelligence.  Children who consume a nutritionally superior diet perform better academically, are less hyperactive, less moody and better behaved than those who are fed a nutritionally deficient diet.

Please join me on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, to take a stand against fast food and raise awareness of a nutrient-dense diet as a healthful alternative. Let’s expand the conversation about food away from ‘fast’ and toward nutritional excellence. Stand with me on Facebook, Twitter and/or Tumblr by registering here to post a one-time message to your social media account.

Set an example for others by saying no to fast food. Tell the world that it’s time to end this Fast Food Genocide.


Joel Fuhrman, M.D. is a board-certified family physician, six-time New York Times bestselling author and internationally recognized expert on nutrition and natural healing, who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional methods. Dr. Fuhrman coined the term “Nutritarian” to describe his longevity-promoting, nutrient dense, plant-rich eating style.
For over 25 years, Dr. Fuhrman has shown that it is possible to achieve sustainable weight loss and reverse heart disease, diabetes and many other illnesses using smart nutrition. In his medical practice, and through his books and PBS television specials, he continues to bring this life-saving message to hundreds of thousands of people around the world.


Comments (0):



10/16/2017 05:23 PM

I'm not using social media except for my band pages. However, I am down with "A Day Without Fast Food" on October 17! Fruit for breakfast and a big green salad for lunch, then homemade black bean burgers (no buns!) and another big salad for dinner! That is a typical day. My husband and I rarely, if ever, eat packaged, processed junk!


10/16/2017 05:27 PM

NO junk food since 1998! Count me in on spreading the word!


10/16/2017 05:47 PM

Long-time vegan and clean eater here. Count on me to spread the word!



10/16/2017 05:52 PM

I'm in...no fast food in 8 years for my family, and we've never felt better!



10/16/2017 05:55 PM

You got it Doctor, thanks for always telling us what is right, and what is our right! I love staying away from fast food, and making fresh real food Nutritarian style-I feel sooooo much better. C'mon America, No Fast Foods......October 17!!!!!!



10/16/2017 05:56 PM

Kick Butt tomorrow on Dr. Oz, Dr Fuhrman, the world is counting on you, and needs you.....I learn a ton from you! God Bless!


10/16/2017 06:25 PM



10/16/2017 06:27 PM

Love the idea, anything to spread the word, I'm in!! Mostly we try to lead by example and we're converting a few here and there. One guy in the office has lost 15+ LBS and is Feeling Great, he's a BELIEVER now. Thanks for all you do...


10/16/2017 06:30 PM

Can’t wait for you new book to be delivered. I preordered it as soon as I heard about. I hope more people will listen to what you have say because I see so many unhealthy people these days and the solution to many health problems is so simple- follow a nutritarian diet!


10/16/2017 07:46 PM

By following a no fast food high nutrient vegan program, I've lost 90% of the pain and other symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, moderate degenerative disc disease and my cholesterol and tryglicerides are all in the normal range. Needless to say, I'm with you!!! Good health starts with what you put in your mouth! Good luck tomorrow on Dr Oz and many thanks for getting my life back!


10/16/2017 09:10 PM

I did it!


10/16/2017 09:30 PM

Thank you so much for all you do, and I hope your countless efforts aren't too exhausting. Thanks to your expertise and guidance I'm well on my way to a healthy, nutritarian diet and lifestyle. Words fail to express how grateful I am.


10/16/2017 10:33 PM

I've gone from 12 medications down to only one. Gone is the diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, NASH, rosacea GERD and a host of mental disorders. Thank you Dr. Fuhrman for teaching people how to really live. You truly saved my life and I'm in on October. 17th.



10/17/2017 09:14 AM

Yes please do get the word out, because I want to help save so many people I see and know personally from all the painful. expensive, time-losing, life-shortening illnesses they'll have to go through if they don't learn about this. That includes people I love dearly but who don't want to hear the message. And I want big business, big agriculture, and big pharma to find better ways to make profits than adding to the miseries of the world's people. These businesses could do so many great things and still do reasonably well (must profits be PEAK all the time even at the expense of milllions of lives?):  they could establilsh healthy vegetable farms, establish organizations that help communities start their own community gardens and get people into the gardens to grow food,and meet each other in those gardens and learn to prepare the food as Dr.Fuhrman prepares it. Some of this happens in  some of my city's community gardens but we need much more. Those same businesses could do so much more, such as sell supplies that help the poor grow food in their own gardens or in pots on balconies. They can win Nobel prizes and other accolades by helping the public on a massive scale to be happier and healthier instead of sick and miserable. They can build stores where healthy food is sold and cafes where it's served, at the same time giving communities new meeting places that improve physical and mental health since our country has few ways to form friendly communities near home easily (which is a requirement for wellbeing, researchers say often) compared to some other countries--(read Bowling Alone and Blue Zones).  Big Ag in particular can do much of this while stopping unimaginable ongoing animal cruelty and instead freeing up tons of land for more veggies (organically grown of course). At the same time they would be stopping one of the biggest contributors to global warming--animal farming. Come on, big business, use all that brain power and money to help Dr, Fuhrman help the world get well. Don't just be another lemming in love with denial and with profit that at this point truly must be called unethical.

Ben Raz replies:

10/17/2017 11:15 AM

Where are you located? I'm a like-minded parent in NYC who wants to do something about it!!

we can make a difference in our communities. We need more people to get together, speak up and spread the word!!


10/17/2017 01:50 PM

I will join you, we haven't eaten out for a long time, I cook everything we eat. So we will join you on the 17th and not eat out


12/15/2017 03:37 PM

I wrote a review for Fast Food Genocide on Amazon.com! Read it here.