Obesity is not the only risk, heart disease can also be caused by eating so much fast food over a long period of time. What you eat can affect your heart’s health and can increase your chances of developing life threatening heart disease. When people consume these bad fats that contain so much sodium it can also cause hypertension. There are countless diseases you can obtain from eating fast food continuously. Foodborne illnesses can come from out fast food as well.
If people who are hurry to get their food and do not have much time to eat, fast food must the good choice for them. McDonald, KFC, and Popeye would be the first few restaurants show up in people’s mind, but still has many healthy fast foods in the United States. Today, there are many different kinds of fast food restaurants in United States; lots of people choose to eat fast food as their meal daily. Even eating fast food can save time and money, still have many negative sides of choosing fast food. The first benefit of fast food is saving time because some people may spend lots of time of their jobs or other things.
If a person ate two fast food meals a day on average they would be over their total calorie intake allowances. Obesity does not only cause health problems but it can also cause physica... ... middle of paper ... ...estaurant and rather eat that then try something new like healthy food. People cannot control the location or amount of fast food companies and are now realizing that fast food is causing people to become obese(Lusk and Ellison). Obesity is a growing problem and more people are starting to consider themselves as becoming one of those obese Americans. Obesity is associated with many health problems both physical and mental.
While fast-food restaurants should take some of the blame for the obesity epidemic, it’s ultimately the consumer’s choice to choose fast-food over healthier choices. Many different factors such as convenience, cost, and environmental factors, along with lack of exercise, are also contributors to the rising obesity rate in America. Whether people are willing to admit it or not, the desire for convenience is one of the main factors that leads to obesity. In today’s fast-food industry, it’s extremely hard to find food that isn’t “highly processed, full of fat, calories and sodium” (Muntel). While people are recommended to eat an average of 1,500-1,800 calories and around 50-60 grams of fat per day, one can easily take in a whole day’s worth of calories and fat in one fast-food meal.
When children return from school, they directly go to fast food restaurants that are nearby their home. Children want something fast to eat, said Kristi King a senior clinical dietitian “It is part of our fast, go-go culture” (Szabo, 2015). Nowadays, a society growing up and people want everything fast because people have hard work and they tired. When they return from work, they directly think about fast food that how our culture changed. People who eat outside from fast food can gain more than 2,500 calories than who eat from their houses.
Fast food dining has penetrated the everyday lives of our neighbors, co-workers, television, schools, and cultures. Everywhere you turn, you see the golden arches of McDonald’s, the redheaded girl of Wendy’s, the famous Colonel Sanders of KFC, and the list goes on. Due to the fact of Fast Food places aim to make their businesses easily accessible with the convenience of location, fast food industries are invading our communities, our minds, and our stomachs. The side effects to eating these foods are endless. Fast food is the prime cause of America’s outrageous obesity rate.
These frequently consumed meals bring many negative effects upon us, including health issues, a poor environment and social problems. People all over the world are suffering from obesity and heart diseases, two of the main causes of deaths today. Every breath you take may contain polluted air coming from chemicals used to make packaging for fast foods. Yet even with all this negativity towards fast foods, it does have a good side by bringing in money for the economy of the United States. Hence, with fast food consumption come not only the bad but also the good.
The connection it has with the obesity is that the epidemic is caused by high consumption of fat, sugar, and salt (Hogan). Fast food is literally contributing to obesity by providing unhealthy food restricted to people at risk for obesity and even with those with obesity. In the article Fast Food, David Hogan found out the most fast food restaurants’ menus offer burgers, fries, soda, and desserts. Those types of food are unhealthy where burgers contain the high amounts of fat, fries contain a lot of salt, while sodas and desserts contain excess amounts of sugar. These types of food are considered as junk food that the body does not necessarily need to consume, but they are often eaten for the delicious taste from the high amounts of fat and sugar they contain (Wolin and Petrelli).
Fast food acts a contributor to obesity, but the real cause is the individual’s choice of what to eat as well as how the individual allows snacking and advertisement to influence them. Obesity harms the body in many ways. Obesity adds unnecessary weight to the body, through fat, and the unnecessary weight can add up to six extra pounds a year (Holguin 1). The disease also increases the amounts of cholesterol, salt, saturated fat, and trans fat in the body (Schoenstadt 4). The amounts of these extra substances vary between males and females because eating habits are different.
Furthermore, I explained how the environments of people can cause obesity. Being in a city full of fast food places is impossible to drive past everyday without getting urged to buy something to eat. Plus people can not give up on the opportunities fast food grants by their low prices and how people can get more money for their dollar. Fast food never looks disgusting, it is always looking so nice and delicious. Lastly, I stated how the parents and school influences children to eat fast food more.