Fast Food | Disadvantages or Problems occur due to excessive use of Fast Food

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In this era of technology and modernism, each individual wants things rapidly. All of us want speed in our life. We want everything readymade. The life of individuals is much busy to find time for preparing food. Due to this need, all of us prefer fast food instead of homemade food. Fast food is used by all of us daily. Our life is too much fast that we don’t have time for cooking. A variety of fast food items that we mostly use are a burger, pizza, chicken fries, etc. Fast food is now an essential part of our lives. Day by day, the use of fast food is getting increased.


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Fast food has a much diverse effect on our lives. It is affecting our health and fitness badly. Let’s take a look what is a fast food.

Fast Food or Junk Food

"Fast food is a mass-produced food that is prepared and served very quickly. The food is typically less nutritionally valuable compared to other foods and dishes. While any meal with low preparation time can be considered fast food, typically the term refers to food sold in a restaurant or store with frozen, preheated or precooked ingredients, and served to the customer in a packaged form for take-out/take-away."

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Fast food as the name defines the food that is prepared and served very quickly. Fast food can also be defined as any food that little or no nutrient value to the diet instead provides excess calories and fat. These food items may save your time but cannot provide you proper nutrients. Besides using these types of food items once less time, we are eating these food items frequently. This frequent use of fast food is damaging the health of people.


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Filling your diet with junk food cases an array of problems in your body. Fast food is often high in calories, fats and sugars. Many health issues due to excessive use of fast food are observed in the human body. Some of them are discussed below.

***Problems occur due to excessive use of Fast Food***

Read carefully about how the human body is damaged due to fast food.

1-Fast food cause Obesity

"Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have a negative effect on health."

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Obesity is a type of disease. All of us are familiar with that. Obesity means having too much body fat. Fast food is known to be the most fattening because of the high-calorie content. The cooking process of most fast food items involves a lot of greases used. This is purely unhealthy fat. Eating such unhealthy food can lead to obesity and weight gain.


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A small amount of fast food contains a considerably large amount of calories that are difficult to burn. Fast food also replaces healthy eating habits. People who are use too of fast food are less likely to eat healthy food like vegetables, fruits and milk. This excessive use of unhealthy food can damage the digestive system.


2-Fast food cause Tooth decay


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As I already said, fast food is full of sugars. A diet rich in sugary sweets increases your chances of developing cavities. Tooth decay occurs when enamel, the protective coating on your teeth, starts to break down. It badly damages enamel and makes your teeth weak. Fast foods like soda, candy, and cakes coat your tongue, teeth and gums with sugar. Sugary snacks are tastier but are full of unhealthy sugar levels. Brushing tooth after every meal can prevent tooth decay. Increase in sugar levels can also lead to many problems. Children are used too for eating chocolates and candies, which proves to be harmful to their teeth and gums.


3-Fast food cause Heart disease


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Heart disease is only related to cholesterol of human body. Increase in body weight can also cause heart problems. People who eat fast food four or more times a week are at a risk of having a heart attack. Fast food is full of saturated fats that increase the risk of heart diseases. These fats clog the blood vessels and narrow the pathway of blood. Hence, it leads to high cholesterol level.


4-Reduce appetite by increasing fat in our body


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Fast food is the fastest way to feed our hunger. It is not healthy at all. One can easily differentiate between healthy and unhealthy food. Fast food is full of saturated and unsaturated fats. Moreover, it’s a major source of calories and most of these calories are from fat.

Unsaturated fat is not much bad because one can easily burn it through exercise. While saturated fat is not good as it’s stuck in our body and cannot be burned.

French fries, fried chicken and other deep-fried items are full of saturated fats. Every fast food item is full of sodium that is not good for our body. It reduces the natural appetite of a person. Continues use of fast food may cause loss appetite, abnormal digestion and sometimes food poisoning.


5-Lack of proper nutrients


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A body needs all necessary nutrients for proper functioning and development. A well-balanced food contains all essential nutrients required by human body. Whereas, fast food is not capable of providing these nutrients to the human body as it is full of only fats and sugars.

Fast food may fill your hunger but are not good for providing nutrients. Different food items are enriched with minerals and vitamins but fast food items after getting deep fried lose all the nutrients.


6-Fast food cause gastrointestinal problems

"The gastrointestinal tract is an organ system within humans and other animals which takes in food, digests it to extract and absorb energy and nutrients, and expels the remaining waste as feces."

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Eating too much junk food can cause gastrointestinal problems. Processed junk food provides very little dietary fibre. The human body needs fibre to keep bowels moving. If enough amount of fibre is not added to diet it can cause constipation. This situation can irritate you intensively. Replacing fast food, in that case, is beneficial for prevention.


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The fast food although is a convenient and tasty option. But, many disorders and diseases are related to it. People should choose healthy food rather than junk food. It is not necessary to boycott all fast food rather we can limit the use of junk food. Excessive use of fast food is very alarming so, eat fast food once a fortnight or twice a month. Fast food must be replaced by fruits and vegetables that are good both for health and wealth. All these problems I discussed above can be prevented only when you avoid fast food and adopt healthy habits. I hope these tips help you find a healthy option for your diet.

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© This blog is written and presented by ®Kiran Abid, a Pakistani blogger, and student of Computer Engineering. To read more blogs written by me, click here.

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