It’s not a stretch to say that if you asked most people, they would know exactly why fast food is unhealthy. Yet, the fast food industry is growing in the United States and people are eating more of it than ever. Why do people continue to eat fast food when they know it’s not good for them and what it is doing to their bodies?
Who is Eating Fast Food?
Studies have found that, for the most part, the people who tend to partake most in fast food are male, single and younger. The people who eat the least amount of fast food are those who are married, older and female.
People who eat more fast food also tend to think of fast food as more convenient or they simply don’t like to cook and think there is no other affordable option. And what may be the most interesting is that even people who think fast food is unhealthy still eat it as much as those who don’t think it’s unhealthy.
The Impact of Fast Food
Fast food is linked to a myriad of health problems, the most prevalent being that it leads to weight gain, which then leads to insulin resistance. In other words, fast food can put you on the fast track to type 2 diabetes.
You may have already known this, but you may not know that fast food can also be addictive.
That’s right, fast food can be addictive. This is because the more of it you eat, the more you will want to eat it. The high fat and carbohydrate content in these foods are designed to make you keep coming back for more.
Fast food is also having a large impact on kids. Over the past 30 years, childhood obesity has doubled in children and tripled in adolescents. If you look at the fast food ads on television you can see how most of them are directed at children, who have an amazing ability to recall the ads they see on TV with incredible clarity. Advertisers know this and plan accordingly.
You may be thinking that there are some good options at fast food restaurants that are healthier than the rest. But the fast food definition of healthy is not the same as most other peoples’ definition. In fact, most of the salads at fast food restaurants are as unhealthy as their burgers.
You can know that fast food is bad for you, but it still won’t deter you. That may be because you never actually sit down to think about what you are putting in your mouth. The key to eating better is to actually think about what it is you are eating and recognizing it for what it is. That usually will lead you to better habits.
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