In a society that functions at a high speed, fast food has quickly been adopted as the preferred food of choice. Fast food restaurants and their advertisements are permeating our neighborhoods, schools, television, and culture.
One reason for fast food’s immense popularity is that it satisfies our society’s need for quick, easy, and convenient products. Despite the multitude of studies that have proven the destructive nature of fast food, most people tend to turn a deaf ear and ignore the problem.
Not everyone that eats fast food is affected by these, but everyone is at risk.
1. Risk of Obesity
Just one fast food meal can contain almost all of the calories and fat you should have in a day. So even having McDonalds just for lunch will put you over the limit because of the calories in whatever you ate for breakfast and dinner. Now imagine eating fast food two to three times a day, a couple of days a week!
2. Risk of Diabetes.
Fast food is high in fat, sugar, and carbohydrates – all of which increase your body’s resistance to insulin. Studies have shown that people who eat fast food at least twice a week are twice as likely to resist insulin in their bodies, thus greatly increasing their chances of Type 2 Diabetes.
3. Risk of Stroke.
The processed products offered in fast food restaurants are very often high in sodium, which is a huge risk factor for high blood pressure and stroke. Studies indicate that the amount of money spent treating medical problems related to sodium will be in the trillions by 2050 if Americans do not change their eating habits.
4. Risk of Coronary Artery Disease.
The biggest artery blockers for this problem are saturated and trans fats. Though some fast food restaurants are striving to become healthier, it is still difficult to find a menu item that isn’t soaked in these fatty substances. Decreasing your portion size is a good way of lowering your risk for coronary artery disease.
5. Unhealthy Levels of Sodium.
Fast foods commonly use the salt known as sodium chloride to season their products. In fact, they put it in almost everything; making the sodium levels dangerously high in most fast food meals. A large order of French fries can contain as much as 30% of your daily value of sodium. It is good to have a little bit of sodium in your diet, but an excess will increase your chances of hypertension, high blood pressure, and heart attack.