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The Effects of Fast Food on Americans' Health

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50 million. That is the average number of Americans that are served in a fast food restaurant each day. There are about 990 thousand fast food restaurants in America today. With new chain restaurants popping up on every corner and new restaurants opening everyday, it is obvious why so many people eat at these places. Although people think the food is tasty and cheap, they do not realize that they are causing more harm than good to their body. 60 percent or 100 billion Americans are considered overweight or obese. There are more issues than obesity coming from fast food.The additives, fats, and other harmful ingredients that go into the food are not thought about when enjoying the meal. Only when the health problems start do people realize what they are putting into their bodies.Fast food causes health issues. Fast food causes obesity. Sarah Muntel believes that fast food is highly processed, full of fat, calories, and sodium ( parag.5). 1,500 calories could easily be in one meal and the general daily recommendation for Americans is 1,500 to 2,000 calories a day. Having one fast food meal a day can lead to an increase in calorie intake which leads to weight gain. Obesity can be caused by many things but one of the major causes is fast food. The food has a lot more calories than you are suppose to eat in one meal. This causes the fat to build up in your body and you start to gain weight. Eating fast food excessively leads to a large weight gain and eventually obesity. Ananya Mandal suggests that eating out may lead to increased calorie intake and the risk of obesity because of larger portion sizes and increased energy density of foods (parag.9). Fast foods are high in calories, fat, saturated and trans fat, sugar, simp... ... middle of paper ... ...luhbodi, Grace. "High Cholesterol Foods." - Why They Are Major Reasons for High Cholesterol. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Mar. 2014. Pendick, Daniel. "Sodium Still High in Fast Food and Processed Foods." Harvard Health Blog RSS. N.p., 16 May 2013. Web. 26 Mar. 2014. Pereira, Mark. "Fast Food Increases Risk of Diabetes, Heart Disease in Singapore." University of Minnisota. N.p., 5 July 2012. Web. 26 Mar. 2014. Renee, Janet. "Are Fast Foods Causing Obesity in America?" LIVESTRONG.COM. LIVESTRONG.COM, 09 Jan. 2014. Web. 27 Mar. 2014. Renee, Janet. "Does Eating Fast Food Cause High Blood Pressure?" LIVESTRONG.COM. LIVESTRONG.COM, 19 Feb. 2014. Web. 24 Mar. 2014. Renee, Janet. "Does Fast Food Cause Heart Disease?" LIVESTRONG.COM. LIVESTRONG.COM, 16 Feb. 2014. Web. 26 Mar. 2014. "Scientists Say Fast Food Heightens Risk of Diabetes." VOA. N.p., 29 Oct. 2009. Web. 27 Mar. 2014.
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