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People shouldn`t eat junk food
It is evident that hotels and restaurants in the United States arenot new idea. Restaurants have been in existence for centuries andwere even present in ancient Rome and Greece in form of taverns. Itis noteworthy to mention that the taverns in ancient Greece and Romewere serving food and drinks to their guests out of necessity but notas a form of pleasure and leisure. Whereas these taverns existed, itis imperative to note that people hardly ate in them but preferred toprepare their own meals at home. It was in the 17thcentury that some of the taverns became popular with coffee. A vastmajority of people would take coffee from the taverns but take theirmeals from their homes. Eating in restaurants started in the mid-18thcentury. A fast forward into 1921, fast foods were introduced in theUnited States when a Chinese fast food restaurant was opened. Thefast food restaurant by the name white castle was opened in WichitaKansas.
This was the beginning of the now famous fast food restaurantsacross the United States. Burgers and fries were the main fast foodsthat were sold at the white castle. After the opening of the whitecastle, numerous fast food joints were opened in the 1930s. Whitecastle was also responsible for the popularization of hamburgersacross the United States. It was until 1984 when McDonalds opened andimmediately became extremely famous that fast food chains becameextremely popular. There were fast food joints almost everywhere andevery street of the United States. After 1984, people wereincreasingly becoming mobile and busy, thereby lacking enough time toprepare their own meals. Fast foods were increasingly becomingpopular. They were cheap, tasty and fun to eat. A vast majority offamilies turned to fast foods since they could even eat them in thecar.
The increased popularity and consumption of the fast foods byAmericans attracted a bad reputation for the meals. There werenumerous health issues associated with fast foods. Due to the changedlifestyles amongst the American people, it has been hard for them toresist fast foods despite being aware of the health effects. A vastmajority of American people cannot resist a delicious burger or pieceof chicken in their favorite restaurant. Fast foods are believed tohave high levels of fats and calories (MSSNY p 39). It is obliviousof the dangers associated with high calories and high fat contentfoods. Fast foods have been known to be highly concentrated with fatsand calories. As a result, there are increased cases of overweightand obesity in the United States. Cases of obesity and overweight areextremely common amongst children and the youth. This has largelybeen attributed to their increased usage of fast foods (Bayol etal p7).
The dangers and health issues associated with overweight and obesitycannot be underestimated. Obesity has been linked with detrimentalhealth problems such as diabetes, heart diseases and stroke. Theseare health problems that have caused numerous not only in the UnitedStates, but across the world. This is a clear indication that theAmerican people should abandon fast foods in order to avoid thesediseases. Obesity and overweight are extremely common amongst theschool going children (Fitzpatrick p 1). It has come to the attentionof the American public that the feeding program being practicedacross all American schools is a main source of junk food and thefast foods. This has increased the rate of obese and overweightchildren.
The American Heart Association has warned that there are numerouscases of cardiovascular diseases due to the consumption of fastfoods. Type 2 diabetes has also been identified as a main cause ofdeath amongst the American people. It is vital to point out thatcardiovascular diseases manifest themselves at an older age but theirgenesis is the fast foods that children consume at young age. TheAmerican Heart Association has recommended that fast foods should bebanned for children in order to avoid detrimental health conditionsat later ages.
These fatty, fried fast foods contain high levels of cholesterol.High cholesterol is associated with obesity and overweight which inturn leads to high blood pressure and insulin resistance. These areprecursors for type 2 diabetes (MSSNY p 39). These conditions arealso responsible for various cardiovascular diseases. The AmericanHeart Association suggest that all children, adolescents and familiesshould shun foods that are high in fats and cholesterol and adoptfoods that are low in fats and cholesterol such as fruits, grains andvegetables. It is also vital to note that whereas fast foods can beblamed for a majority of the heart diseases, stroke and diabetes,American have adopted a sedentary lifestyle (MSSNY p 39). Therefore,it is vital for the American people to couple the avoidance of fastfoods with exercise.
Fast foods, which have come to be known as junk, have no nutritionalvalue. They are called junk food since they contain calories, sugar,white flour, salt and additives (Ashakiran1 and Deepthi p 4). Thefast foods lack essential minerals, proteins, vitamins and fiber andtherefore they have no nutritional value. Consumers of these fastfoods should consider the quality of these foods before purchasingthem. It is evident that these fast foods are attractive and have anappealing appearances that is aimed at attracting consumers. Vendorsof fast foods add additives and food colors to enhance taste andappearance (Ashakiran1 and Deepthi p 6). The low price of these foodsis a clear indication that they have no value or quality.
Fast foods have various health effects besides the heart diseases,stroke and diabetes. Due to the high levels of sugar in the foods,dental cavities are common with consumers of fast foods. A majorityof the fast foods are extremely sweet and are addictive. As a result,the sugar in the fast foods may lead to dental cavities. Anotherimmediate health problem associated with fast foods is the lack ofenergy in the body. Since the fast foods do not contain anynutrients, vitamins or even essential minerals, the effect ofconsuming them regularly is lack of enough energy. It is alsoimperative to point out that fast foods can have detrimental effectson the functionality of the kidneys. It is evident that fast foodscontains high levels of salt which might affect the kidneys.
In conclusion, it is clear that the lifestyle of the American peopleand other people across the world has changed drastically. Peoplehave become extremely busy and have little time to prepare and sharea meal with their families. As a result, people have resorted to fastfoods, which unfortunately have numerous negative effects on theirhealth. There lacks enough awareness of the effects of fast foodsamongst the people. Therefore, it is vital for the government tolaunch campaigns that sensitize people on the effects of fast foods.Whereas the delicious fast foods may be hard to resist, it is cleartheir negative effects outweigh their benefits. Therefore, Americansand indeed people across the world must stop eating fast foods andresort back foods that nutritious and are low in fats, sugars andcalories.
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