I think it’s safe to say that many Americans understand that fast food isn’t the healthiest choice, but let’s face it; fast food is affordable and convenient for those always on the go.  Being high in fat, sodium, and sugar, fast food can have a negative effect on you physically and emotionally with long-term consumption.  Fast food affects your energy levels, your risks of obtaining certain diseases, and your weight.

The main issue with fast food is that it does not provide the nutrients the body needs to be healthy, such as fruits, vegetables, and fiber.  This may result in symptoms of fatigue and the lack of energy needed to accomplish everyday things.  With the high levels of sugar in fast food your pancreas must secrete higher amounts of insulin to prevent a hazardous spike in your blood sugar levels.  Also, due to the lack of protein and good carbohydrates, your blood sugar levels drop suddenly after consuming fast food leaving you feeling irritable, fatigued, and craving more.

When consuming large amounts of fast food your risks of obtaining diabetes, heart disease, and having a stroke are significantly increase.  Studies have shown that with the regular consumption of fast food you have an increase in insulin resistance; this occurs when the blood glucose levels are not properly regulated by insulin.  Also, the risk of heart disease is heightened because the excessive sodium and fat levels raise blood cholesterol levels, which leads to plaque buildup and eventually heart disease.  Finally, the high amounts of sodium increase your blood pressure.  High blood pressure is main cause of strokes.

The fact of the matter is that the average fast food meal contains too many calories.  By consuming excess calories your risk of obesity and weight gain are heightened.  Fast food also contains high amounts of fat, which can accumulate in your body making you gain weight.  Overall the large amounts of fat and excess calories only affect you weight in a negative way.

Fast food may be inexpensive and convenient, however the harmful effects make it one of the worst things you can do for yourself nutritionally.  This is why it is so important to make healthy choices when dealing with food.  In order to live a healthy lifestyle balance is vital and essential to success, both physically and emotionally.  

 

 

How many times a week do you have fast food?  Do you think it is the main reason for obesity in America? I would love to hear what you have to say about fast food, so please comment below.

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Comment by Jae S. on May 22, 2013 at 7:35pm

I have fast food once in a month almost. I believe obesity in America is caused by both fast food and lack of exercise. Since people can access and obtain fast food more easily compared to healthier foods, people are willing to choose fast food over healthy food.

Comment by Ben Jeon on May 22, 2013 at 9:14pm

I hate fast food, because it always makes me feel so crummy. However, there are some occasions where my only choice of food is fast food. Very interesting blog, Nice job!

Comment by Lindsay I on May 23, 2013 at 9:53pm

I am totally guilty of this. But it tastes good and I'm in shape so I don't really care that it's not good for me. I have fast food and I don't have health problems because I eat it in moderation, along with other healthy foods and exercise. People can have treats every once in a while but they need to learn how to limit themselves and gain self control, but a lot of Americans don't and I think that's why there is obesity today.

Comment by Jeemin Sim on May 29, 2013 at 9:54am

I eat fast food maybe once or twice a week. Although fast food restaurants exist in many other parts of the world too, we can' t completely ignore the factor of numerous fast food restaurants in America. Since the vegetables are expensive, the poor turn to fast food as a source for cheap food, too.

Comment by Nicole Degla on May 30, 2013 at 10:32am
Even though fast food can be delicious and convenient people really need to be aware of the harmful effects it can have on there health and their body. I think if it is eaten in moderation it won't be as bad. Very informative blog post Kayla.
Comment by Marie-Laure Mbi on May 30, 2013 at 10:57am

I have committed to stay away from fast food restaurants , and basically eating outside unless there's a special occasion and I'm sort of forced to. The reason I avoid eating out at resatraunts as well is because they serve you way larger portions than people are supposed to be having, and buffets...are just really frightening. I think that you make very good points and it's really great that you're raising awareness of this issue! Finding out about the health risks that fast food brings scares me enough to stop eating it at all. 

Comment by Phoebe Fu on September 9, 2013 at 4:35pm

I only eat fast food when necessary. I do think that fast food is to blame for obesity along with laziness. Lots of people are just too lazy of are too busy to exercise to maintain good health and loose the calories form fast food. People eat fast food because it's supposedly tasty, quick for on the go and is very cheep. 

Comment by Kartik Kumar Kansal on October 11, 2013 at 11:39pm

I rarely ever eat fast food--maybe once or twice a month. I don't think it's really a cause of obesity on America. If someone eats fast food a lot and is obese, that is their fault, not the fast food's fault. The same way I believe that we can't blame violence on guns, I also believe that we cannot blame obesity on fast food. Ultimately, it is a person's choice to be obese by eating a lot of fast food. Consuming large amounts of fast food comes from laziness and a lack of care over one's health. Even without fast food, many people would still find ways to be obese--trust me, this is America we're talking about here!

Comment by Justin Song on October 12, 2013 at 12:00am

I try to avoid fast food as much as I can because I know the negative effects it can have on me. When I used to go out to eat fast food almost weekly, I could see how it affected my health by my weight gain and just feeling sick, at times. However, some fast food restaurants are not all that bad. Chipotle ,in my opinion, offers a wide variety of vegetables and carbohydrates. Nowadays, I'll only have fast food if I don't have time to go home and just need a quick bite.

Comment by Samiksha Gupta on October 12, 2013 at 12:04am
Okay I'll admit it. I LOVE fast food. Burgers, French fried, pizza, ice cream, and everything in between. That being said, I also exercise a lot and don't do anything else harmful to my body. I feel that fast food is okay in moderation, and I should probably cut back on it a lot, but I don't think it's fair to solely blame fast food for the growing obesity in America. People are getting lazier and lazier these days. Go ahead and have those tacos, but make sure you go outside and run instead of just sitting at home on the couch, and letting all that energy turn into fat.

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