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Whether you're reading a book, newspaper, or magazine article, it's always a good idea to summarize the information in your head or on a piece of paper. Summarizing, or summing up the main ideas, helps you focus on the most important points in the article or story.

When you summarize, eliminate unnecessary details. Focus on the main idea of the whole passage.

What is the main idea of this passage?

Adults tend to eat a lot of fast food, and that’s often not a healthy choice. For instance, a typical fast-food bacon cheeseburger with all the trimmings has 790 calories with 39 grams of fat, and a large order of fries has 380 calories and 18 grams of fat. Add a soda, and one meal adds up to more than 1,100 calories.
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