“Hello, may I take your order?” “Sure, let me get a cup of artificially flavored sugar, a bag of crunchy grease, and a heart stopper.” Everywhere you turn you see a McDonalds, Burger King or Wendy’s. Eric Scholosser There are more fast food places in America than actual grocery stores! In recent times fast food has become a craze. Everyone is eating it, even little babies, but do you really know what you are eating? There is a ninety five percent chance that you don’t. Everyone is guilty of buying fast food and many don’t even know the side effects that go along with the purchase. The food we consider “fast” and “easy” are the same foods that are killing people every day. Although the consumption of “Fast food” is convenient and can save money, it can also cause severe health issues which include high blood pressure, weight gain and an increased chance of heart disease. This paper will evaluate the effects of fast food on its consumers.
Blood pressure is the force of blood against your artery walls as it circulates through your body. This can either be too high or too low. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), there are about one out of three U.S. adults—31.3%— with high blood pressure in America today. High Blood Pressure is caused from a variety of things from sodium and fat intake to smoking and alcohol consumption. Americans today receive too much sodium and fat intake from eating from fast food places on a regular basis. “High blood pressure can cause Atherosclerosis and Kidney and Heart failure just to name a few” (Aiden). Fast food can cause high blood pressure, but that is not the only effects it has on the human body.
With a fast food restaurant like McDonalds on every corner weight gain is almost inevitable. With the price of food being as cheap as ninety nine cents, people tend to buy double the amount that they actually need. Consuming the grease, sodium, and other unmentionable add-ins that makes up the food we all like to eat guarantees weight gain and maybe even a trip to the toilet. “The prevalence of overweight and obesity in U.S. children and adolescents has tripled in the last three decades and research indicates that 15% of Americans between the ages of 6 and 19 are now obese” (Carey). Obesity is becoming an epidemic that could have been prevented. The consumption of fast food by children ages 0-10 is on the rise. Many children are eating it for every meal. This is shaping the way their lives turn out. Every bad food choice the parent provides increases the chance for their offspring’s to become obese later on in life and increases their chances for getting heart disease.
The number one leading cause of death in America is Heart disease (CDC). People with high cholesterol and blood pressure are the number one candidates for heart disease. As you all know the cause of high cholesterol and high blood pressure is linked to the consumption of fatty foods with high sodium counts which is what makes up...