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Impacts of Fast Food on children

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Urooj Elyas

on 19 January 2014

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Heart Disease
People who eat fast-food four or more times a week, up their risk of dying from heart disease by 80 percent. Fast foods create a much higher risk of heart disease because of the high level of saturated or trans fats found in much of the food. Those fats can clog the arteries and, over time, contribute to high cholesterol levels.
Obesity means having too much body fat. It is not the same as being overweight, which means weighing too much. Fast food is high in calories and sugar that contribute to increased-weight gain. Even small amount of fast food can increase your calorie intake considerably. Fast foods also replace healthy eating habits, People who consume fast foods are less likely to eat fruits, vegetables, milk etc. This change in eating habits can easily lead to obesity.
Food industries provide jobs
A positive thing of the fast food industry is that it provides jobs to millions. Allowing unskilled workers to work behind the counter at minimum wage is what most fast food restaurants offer. It's great that more people have jobs. Roughly 3.5 million people are employed in the fast food industry! The cost of public assistance to families of workers in the fast-food industry is
nearly $7 billion per year. Due to low earnings,
fast-food workers' families also receive an annual
average of $1.04 billion in food stamp benefits
and $1.91 billion in Earned Income Tax Credit
Because the government is providing health insurance for all people that can not afford it they have to tax the people in order to provide Medicaid. Although this program is helping many people, it may be causing more problems. Because of the tax increase, things are more expensive, yet people still don't have a lot of money. It just seems as if the government takes money from the people (taxes) This may be another factor to why people are going into debt and can't afford health insurance on their own. It's all one big cycle. One thing affects another. So if everyone budgeted their
money more wisely, the good things would start to affect the bad things.
To know what is junk food.
To know the advantages and disadvantages of junk food.
Junk Food
Fast-food is a term given to food that is served quickly. In other words, any meal with low preparation time can be considered as a fast food. Fast-food was first popularized in 1950s in the United States of America. In simple, Junk food is a food which consists of lot of calories and less nutritional values.
Advantages of junk food
Type 2 Diabetes
Fast food has become a way of life for many busy persons seeking a fast and inexpensive alternative to cooking at home. Although they may develop type 2 diabetes, this type of diabetes is often caused by poor lifestyle choices, such as being overweight and not being physically active. There is a side effect to consuming frequent amounts of fast food ‘obesity’ which can lead to the development of diabetes.
Peptic Ulcer
A peptic ulcer, also known as PUD or peptic ulcer disease, is the most common ulcer of an area of the gastrointestinal tract that is usually acidic and thus extremely painful. For almost 100 years, doctors believed that stress, spicy foods, and alcohol caused most ulcers. Fast Foods which may causes Ulcer are Pizzas, Chips, Salted snakes etc.
Lack of Family Gathering
fast food does not provide family members opportunity to set and eat at one place. Every one can buy and eat walking in the way, driving a vehicle and during his work in office. The satisfaction which a combine meal provide is lacking in Fast Food.
Irregular Timing of Eating
A healthy person need to eat at a proper time which fast food doesn’t have. Fast food can be consumed at any time or some time twice or thrice a day, while home cooked food is served at proper time which provides opportunity to take rest after eating.
Loss of Appetite
Normal food contains appetizer which are not properly present in fast food. Continues use of fast food may cause loss appetite, abnormal digestion and sometime food poisoning. Fast food does not satisfy all needs of stomach.
Lack of Essential Nutrients
A well-balanced food contains all essential elements which are necessary for human development. Whereas fast food does not have all these elements, this type of food contains some elements in high quantity while others are absent. So, fast food does not fulfill all needs of body and sometime causes disorder.
Foods rich in fat are reason for many diseases related to heart, blood vessels, liver and many more. It also increases the level of stress. It has been observed that a rich fat meal can increase your stress level and make you at a greater level of stress in comparison to those who have a low fat meal. Certain foods and drinks act as powerful stimulants to the body and hence are a direct cause of stress. Like caffeine containing foods (coffee, tea, colas and chocolates), White flour, Salt, Saturated fats, Processed foods, such as junk foods and fast foods, contain synthetic additives – preservatives, emulsifiers, thickeners, stabilizers and flavor-enhancers. These foods are called “pseudostressors” or “sympathomimetics” .
How to stop Eating Junk Food?
Plan & Pack Ahead
Make a plan before you leave the house in the morning -- this will prevent you from stopping at the vending machines or strolling through the pizza line when you get hungry at school. Pack a healthy lunch and several snacks to satisfy your appetite. Healthy snack ideas include yogurt, string cheese, raisins, fresh fruit and veggies with hummus. Follow the pack-ahead plan on the weekends as well. Eat before you leave the house and then toss a few healthy snacks into your bag to enjoy while you’re out.
Set Goals
Setting short-term and long-term goals for yourself is a great source of motivation. A long-term goal might include losing a set amount of weight, running a half marathon or eliminating soda from your diet. Long-term goals often take many months to achieve, so it helps to set short-term goals in the meantime. For one week, try cutting your soda intake in half, avoiding dessert or eating at least five servings of fruits and veggies per day. When you achieve your short-term goal, start making it a regular part of your lifestyle -- and then set a new short-term goal to work toward.
Keep it Out of Reach
The junk food temptation will be strong at first, so you’ll want to keep it out of sight and far from reach until you overcome any cravings. Ideally, you’ll be able to talk your family into following a healthy lifestyle along with you. But if they refuse to give up the greasy chips and chocolate, ask for a compromise -- keep the unhealthy foods stored in a specific place, rather than in the front of the pantry for everyone to see.

Find Alternatives
Cravings will undoubtedly occur, so you’ll want to have an arsenal of healthy alternatives to conquer them. When you’re drooling over creamy ice cream, drizzle some honey or mix some peanut butter into chilled yogurt. If you’re craving sweets, snack on a handful of dried fruits. If you miss the salty crunch of potato chips, munch on a few pickles or banana peppers. Just find what works for you -- you might be surprised to find that you enjoy the healthy alternative just as much as the guilty pleasure.

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