With more than 50 thousand fast food chains in the United States, our style of eating has also conformed to this way of life.
As a fitness professional, I believe this is something that needs to be addressed. People who eat at fast-food restaurants tend to take in an extra 187 to 190 calories per day. Without proper exercise to balance the increased caloric intake, obesity may very well be a long term result of this style of eating. May I submit for your consideration the idea that fast-food should find its way out of your life. A study from Healthline reveals some destructive effects of fast-food consumption.
Let’s first take a look at the internal systems of the body. INCREASED RISK OF HEART DISEASE AND STROKE is an alarming effect of eating fast-food. This is caused by an increase in both cholesterol and blood pressure. Fried foods that are served at these fast-food restaurants are super high in trans fats which are known to increase cholesterol levels. These foods are also usually very high in sodium which is known to elevate blood pressure. BLOOD SUGAR SPIKES and INSULIN RESISTANCE are also risks when consuming fast-food. These foods are filled with empty carbohydrates which may lead to recurring spikes in insulin. This can eventually lead to insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.
Now let’s take a look at some effects on the physical body. BLOATING and PUFFINESS is a possible effect of consuming fast-food. Because of the high sodium content, these foods will cause the body to retain water, leaving the body with a puffy, bloated feeling. WEIGHT GAIN is another, obvious effect of fast-food consumption. As mentioned above, the increased caloric intake from fast-food may slowly creep up on an individual and turn obesity into reality. Weight gain can further lead to SHORTNESS OF BREATH as a result of not being strong enough to carry around the excess weight put on. HEADACHES, ACNE, and DENTAL PROBLEMS are some more effects of fast-food consumption on the human body. A final serious risk is DEPRESSION. Eating processed, fast-food has been linked to an increased risk of depression.
In conclusion, we need to be more aware of the effects of the foods that we put into our bodies. Fast food may be quick and convenient, but we must count the cost before filling our bodies with it. Countless studied effects of fast-food consumption clearly show us that these “restaurants” may not be the smartest option for our food-intake. So, next time you pull up to the drive-thru, ask yourself this question before ordering;
Is a quicker, cheaper meal at the expense of my health really worth it?