Essay on Fast Food Industry

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The world has become so fast paced that everything is rushed. Almost every aspect of life has become industrialized. Food and the way it is prepared is no exception to this world that always appears to be in fast forward. The fast food industry has revolutionized how and what people eat. The public has begun to consume more fast food and the problem is that people do not know what they are eating. If the concept of a nutritious meal is thrown out the window for the convenience of fast food then the health risks will outnumber any pros in favor of that cheeseburger. A new time period requires new methods to keep up with the demand. The way food is produced today has basically been reinvented and is made more for convenience than ever…show more content…
The question is, why take in so many bad calories and the answer is because it is easier. There has been in an increase in fast food establishments in the last two decades and the percentage of obesity has gone up as well (Schlosser). Obesity or weight gain occurs when the body has taken more calories than it can release and many fast food meals just have too many calories for any one person to excerpt. (Schlosser). Almost 300,000 people die every year from being obese and even though fast food is not the only reason for obesity it does contribute to the epidemic (Schlosser). “The American population study Cardia suggests that frequent fast-food consumption is positively associated with weight gain and risk of insulin resistance” (Stender). The calories are also accompanied by high fat content, sugar and lots of salt. Way too much of a “good” thing can be very harmful. “An article published in the medical journal "Pediatrics" warns that high sugar consumption can lead to obesity and an increase in Type 2 diabetes in both adults and children” (Haris). The American Heart Association advices that the intake of fat should be very limited therefore high intakes of fast food can prove to be damaging to one’s health. Salt intake is also very important because the body needs certain amounts, but high amounts can lead to high blood pressure and other potentially harmful things (Top
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