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Fast Food and Obesity: The Dangerous Connection
Transcript of Fast Food and Obesity: The Dangerous Connection
The Dangerous Connection
Welcome to America; the birthplace of fast food!
Would you like fries with that?
Looks delicious, right?
A regular sized portion of French Fries contains 4-7 grams of trans fat; anything more than 2 grams is considered extremely dangerous to your health, including obesity and coronary heart disease.
After consuming a single burger, a person will have to walk more than nine miles to burn off the calories.
By Sydney Lawson
Since the rise of fast food, there has been an indisputable connection between the greasy concoctions and obesity.
In a recent study, Mark Pereira, Ph.D., and David Ludwig, M.D., Ph.D., showed that fast food increases the risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Participants who consumed fast food two or more times a week gained approximately 10 more pounds and had twice as great an increase in insulin resistance than participants who consumed fast food less than once per week.
But What Is Insulin?
Insulin is a hormone that regulates the glucose in your blood.
So what happens if there is not enough insulin?
Lack of Insulin
Fat builds up
Increased risk of diabetes
What about children?
Fast food advertisements focus mainly on children.
And the result?
Forty percent of children aged 2 to 11 ask their parents to go to McDonald's at least once a week, 15 percent ask to go daily. According to the FACTS study, 84 percent of parents said they gave in to these requests at least once a week.
A study says that nearly one-third of all American children, both boys and girls in the age group 4-19 eat fast food on a regular basis.
The study also says that kids also gain weight up to 6 lbs per year on regular consumption of fast food.
So what can be done?
1. Find ways to make produce cheaper than fast food
2. Limit the amount of television ads that fast food chains make each year
4. Choose healthier options
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