The Pros And Cons Of Junk Food

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Junk food needs no introduction. In today’s day and age, we all know what it is and most of us enjoy junk food. Junk food is the most popular type of food because its instantly gratifying to one’s taste buds and its relatively cheap. We begin feasting on junk food at an early age in America and most of us don’t realize the harm we are doing to our bodies until it’s too late. Americans should try their best to eliminate fast food from their diets because it can cause an array of expensive health issues, such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
Eating junk food causes obesity. What is obesity? Obesity is when your body mass index, how much you weigh compared to how tall you are, is greater than or equal to 30. What are calories? Calories
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Insulin is a hormone that is creates in the pancreas when we consume food. The job of insulin is to transform sugar in your blood into energy. Insulin also helps store sugar in muscles, fat cells, and your liver until your body needs it. The problem with Type 1 diabetic patients is that their pancreas doesn’t produce any insulin. The problem with Type 2 diabetic patients is that their pancreas does produce insulin, but their cells doesn’t respond to it as an energy source. So, the sugar floats around in the patients’ bloodstream, which is called “insulin resistance.” When high amounts of sugar are left in a person’s blood and given that sugar causes obesity, it leads to high blood pressure which is not good for cardiovascular health. When a person consumes higher than the recommended amount of sugar your body builds a tolerance to insulin, just like every other drug. “Fast-food consumption has strong positive associations with weight gain and insulin resistance, suggesting that fast food increases the risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes” (Peiria et al 36). High levels of sugar are even dangerous before a person is born. “Individuals exposed to high-fat, high-sugar diets before birth have an increased risk of obesity in later life” (Bayol et al 843). A person can develop a “sugar addiction” before they’re even

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