Persuasive Essay On Junk Food

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While deciding what to eat one night when I was left to fend for myself I came to the realization: if I wanted something healthy I am going to have to spend more money to get the same amount of food of a meal of unhealthy food. I decided on either getting a salad from subway (starting at around 6.50 depending on what type of meat you choose and an extra 1.50-2.50 for a drink) that usually fills me up for an hour and then I am rummaging around for something else. Or a fill up meal from KFC (starting at around 5.76 and comes with fried chicken, potatoes, biscuit, a cookie, and a drink). Being the “college student” I am, a couple dollars can mean if I am in the hole this month or not. So, naturally I tend to go with the cheaper option. Also, …show more content…

The difference of how we eat from a personal experience is surprisingly noticeable. When I work a lot of days in a row I tend to eat mac and cheese cups, fruit snacks, and really anything else that is easy to stuff into my face in my small amount of down time. By the end of the day I am sluggish, more than likely crabby, and I tend to feel sick. When I am able to actually get real food in during the day, I am always way better off and have a lot more energetic as the day goes one. Tomm says, “A diet filled with fried foods soaked in unhealthy saturated fats and trans fats and high-fat meats increases your risk for major diseases that impair your physical well being and threaten your life.” So if eating healthier food decreases our chances of getting these terrible diseases (type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, etc.), why do we still keep eating them. For some people they like the way it taste, but for others (like our lower-class population) it is the fact that they just cannot afford to do so.
The question that plays through my mind like a bad commercial jingle is, “Does healthier food really cost that much more than other foods?” Journalist Tara Parker-Pope says in her article, “Money is Tight, and

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