Normally, after games and practices that ran late into the night, we would be hungry after burning through a large amount of calories and the only places open on these long nights were fast food establishments. According to The New York Times article, “The Calories Are Listed, but Teenagers Don’t Care”, about a third of the teenagers ate fast food six days a week, according to the study. During my time at Lake Placid and even now, I find myself falling into these bad habits. The problem with fast food is the amount of calories in every meal. According to the study in the same New York Times article, “The study found that most teenagers underestimat...
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...ecome obese. Researchers at the University of Washington found that a 2,000 calorie diet of fast food costs 10 times less than a 2,000 calorie healthy diet. This low cost of fast food makes the decision for people who are obviously going to choose it over more expensive healthier food, which is a big reason that lower income individuals are more likely to be obese. And to make things worse, the researchers also found that healthier foods are more likely to increase in cost over time. During a two year study, the cost of healthy food went up by 19.5% while the cost of unhealthy food dropped by 1.8%. The final factor that makes fast food causes obesity is its convenience and how close fast food restaurants are to your home, job or school.
For example, children that have a fast food restaurant within 0.10 miles of their school have a 5.2% greater chance of being obese.
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