According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the United States more than one-third of adults and one-sixth of children are obese. Over the next twenty years, these numbers will more than double. By the year 2020, obesity will be considered a normal thing, and a healthy weight will be the exception. Who is to blame for the increasing obese population? Some say fast food restaurants that are on every block in the city. Others say it is the obese people themselves because they do not know how to control themselves. Many major health conditions come with obesity and it is costing the government millions in healthcare to pay for others lack of self control.
Fast food contains high amounts of salt, sugar, fat, and preservatives. Americans in today’s society want food and they want it now. Manufacturers have figured this out and fill the food with many artificial and unhealthy chemicals. If a person saw what the food looked like in the pre processed state, one would most likely not buy it or eat it.
The additives and preservatives replace all the nutritional aspects in the food. Some of the food may taste great but lacks nutrition to maintain a healthy body and fast foods also may increase improper digestion. The ingredients found in processed foods are unfamiliar to the body. Our bodies store almost everything the digestive organs cannot process and turns this into fat tissue. Scientists believe this process may contribute to the development of obesity .
Calories found in sugary drinks and fried foods are often referred to as “empty calories.” This type of calorie is broken down at an excessive rate and causes blood sugar levels to spike. The body then sends out hunger signals causing one to eat more at the next meal. Researchers have concluded that this could also be a cause of obesity.
The quality of the food being taken in can also play a role in weight gain. The quality of the food is far more important than the amount one consumes. A report was published in June 23, 2011 in the New England Journal of Medicine stating “People gained weight when eating fast food, potato chips, and sweetened beverages, unprocessed and processed red meats. People lost weight when they ate vegetables, whole grains, fruits, nut and yogurt.”
The difference between fast food meals and home cooked meals is the amount of calories and fat found in each. The recommended amount of daily intake can be found in one fast food meal for one sitting. Although, many people realize the amount of calories and fat that are found at fast food restaurants and yet Americans still choose to eat at them.
Fast Food restaurants are fast and cheap. A restaurant can be found on almost every street corner and is an easy grab and go place when one is in a rush. McDonald’s for instance has a dollar menu. A person can spend less than five dollars and have a meal to eat. What one may not realize is the high amount of fats they are eating. This type of...