Many people are looking for an answer to the question, “Does fast food cause obesity?” and this is probably the one question that most nutritionists have to constantly answer. Most fast food surely does lead to weight gain and also obesity. The ingredients, the portion sizes, the cost and the convenience associated with it, makes fast food one of the biggest culprits of obesity, especially in children. Let’s have a brief look at some of these reasons that make fast food a major cause of excessive weight gain in today’s society.
Use of Unhealthy Ingredients
Most people who eat fast food end up consuming more calories than people who stay away from it. A meal with cheese, large fries and a large soda usually contains more than 1300 calories, mostly coming from unhealthy fats. These calories are bad considering the fact that most people should probably not be consuming more than 2000 calories a day.
Most restaurants use high amounts of saturated fats, trans-fat, sodium, carbohydrates and added sugars to make the food more appealing to the consumer. You may already know that none of these ingredients are healthy for you and may lead to obesity in children.
Fast Food Eaters Lose Out on Healthy Eating
If you constantly rely on fast food, you may be missing essential vitamins and minerals such as carotene, vitamins A, B, C and E, calcium, zinc and magnesium. Most fast food does not provide you with these healthy nutrients.
What’s more, children eating fast food are less likely to consume healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables not only provide you with the necessary nutrients for the proper functioning of your body, but they also make you feel full on less food. Effective weight management requires that you consume foods that do not contain unhealthy fats, that make you feel full much quicker, and that also provide you with the necessary nutrients.
Cost and Convenience
Fast food is attractive to many consumers because while portions have increased in size, the cost is still quite low. Convenience only adds to the allure. The National Restaurant Association reports that there are over 280,000 fast food restaurants spread across the country. Most have drive-through lanes making it even easier to pick up a fast-food meal to bring home to the family.
All of these factors contribute to the success of the fast food industry, despite the fact that an increasing number of children are becoming obese and developing heart disease at a very young age thanks to these unhealthy foods.
Interesting Fast Food Facts
There are some very interesting fast food facts that may just shock you. Did you know that one-half of the average American’s yearly food budget is spent on fast food? Or that the fast food industry spends around $1.6 billion each year on marketing campaigns that are aimed exclusively at your children? .
Does fast food cause obesity? The answer is yes. If you want to control obesity in your children, stay away from fast food as much as possible. Instead, consume fresh fruits and vegetables, avoid foods containing saturated and trans fat, serve smaller portions and cook your own food at home.
Here is some food for thought: The number of people suffering from obesity around the world is the same as people suffering from starvation
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