Fries, burgers, and the smell of grease — all some pretty classic staples of fast food.
Seeing fast food restaurants these days isn’t just a regularity. It’s a constant. A staple of society. Honestly, I’d be more surprised if I couldn’t find a burger joint at, well, just about anywhere. Whether it’s coming from a huge international chain like McDonald’s or some locally owned family restaurant, there probably isn’t a single person from a first-world country who’s never heard “Would you like fries with that?”
So, as most people already know, the fast food industry is huge, but presents many problems to its consumers — and especially in wealthy countries. In a study conducted from 1999-2008 in 25 wealthy countries, the average BMI rose about 0.033 points annually for every fast food transaction per person. Also, here’s something to consider: 1 order of McDonald’s large fries contain 510 calories. On a healthy 2000 calorie diet, that’s already a fourth of your calories for the day. And considering that 35% of American adults are obese and even more are just flat-out unhealthy, those calories from fries alone are going to end up being more than a fourth of what you should be getting. And remember, this is only one menu item. No meal or drink included. And wait — wasn’t this just for lunch? Ouch.
Getting down to the problem, if people consciously know that fast food is bad for them, and they know that long-term consuming of it will only lead to bad things — like obesity or worse, then why would people even bother eating it? Well it’s cheap, easy to get, and according to most people, tastes pretty good.
How about the affects of fast food? Is it really all that bad? Well, like I said before, it will make you fat, but how about something more serious? Consider this:
“The latest research, published online July 2 by the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation, found that people who consume fast food even once a week increase their risk of dying from coronary heart disease by 20 percent in comparison to people who avoid fast food. For people eating fast food two-three times each week, the risk increases by 50 percent, and the risk climbs to nearly 80 percent for people who consume fast food items four or more times each week.
Eating fast food two or more times a week was also found to increase the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by 27 percent.”
On top of that, considering that being obese not only gives you heart problems, but messes with your insulin levels and can give you diabetes, I’d say it’s best to stay away from fast food. Sure, I’ll admit I’ll go to McDonald’s every week or two, or sometimes more frequently — nobody’s perfect. Just don’t consider fast food as your lifeline for food during lunch break, and you should be fine.