Essay about The Effects Of Fast Food On Children

805 Words Jul 23rd, 2016 4 Pages
The Effects of Fast Food Fast food is an easy and affordable option for individuals who are too busy to cook a meal or people who are on the go. It is also a tasty option, but what effects does it have on the human body? Fast food meals are high in calories and fat and, if overconsumed, can lead to serious health issues such as obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. Consumption of fast food should be limited due to the serious health risks it poses. Obesity is the most obvious consequence of overconsumption of fast food. Although obesity can be genetic, it is usually caused by consuming more calories than being used. A person is considered obese when their body mass index is 30 or higher. In recent years, obesity rates in children and adults have increased concurrently with the rate of meals being eaten from fast food restaurants. Currently, it is very easy to obtain fast food because there are fast food restaurants almost everywhere, so it is not surprising that obesity rates are continuing to rise. According to a survey conducted by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, “1 in 3 adults are considered to be obese” and among children between the ages of 2 and 19, “18.6 percent of boys 15 percent of girls are…obese.” Meals from fast food restaurants are usually high in calories and contain little to no nutrition that the body needs. The high caloric content of fast food leads to weight gain which could eventually lead to obesity. Limiting fast…

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