Thursday, August 13, 2009

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Junk food and Obesity

In the United States, over 60 percent of adults are overweight, and one-quarter are classified as obese. These figures represent an increase by over 50 percent in the last ten years alone. Approximately 48 percent of Canadian adults carry excess poundage and 15 percent are obese, according to the 2000/2001 Canadian Community Health Survey.

Who's to blame? Junk food and Mcdonald as a leading company? I think the answer is WE ARE. Because we choose what we eat and we are getting more lazy and does not focus on our own health.

While I agreed in principle that unhealthy foods contributing to our obesity, we need to look at the root of the problem and not blame on the other people for our overweight. Point your finger at the food manufacturers will not help you to find the real reasons.

What’s wrong with Junk Food?

Processed food and Fast foods are tends to be high in calories from sugar, saturated fat and salt but very low in nutritional value.

By eating too much junk food you are starving your body of essential vitamins and minerals and giving it too much sugar, salt, additives and saturated animal fats.

Saturated fat contributes to build up and deposits in your arteries and may lead to a heart attack or stroke. The high levels of salt can raise your blood pressure, the sugar can contribute to the development of diabetes.

Meals consisting of junk food don’t fill you up for long. Because they are lacking in fiber, and are made of processed foods, they tend to rate high on the glycaemic index, which means they provide a quick rise in blood sugar, but this also falls quickly, and giving rise to hunger.

Super size meal packets can contain more calories than the average person should consume in an entire day. Our bodies store all the excess calories as fat, and you gain weight.

Unfortunately, this food is usually convenient, tasty, and extremely addictive.

If we want to lose weight, just don’t buy the junk food or reserve them as a special treat ( for your families and yourself ).
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2 Responses to "Junk food and Obesity"
August 20, 2009 at 5:40 PM
You are right on! This is a problem. A big problem. (No pun intended)

Another reason is all the soda that kids now drink. It seems to be more and more prevalent.

Thanks for a thought-provoking post.

Bring back Pluto
August 21, 2009 at 8:20 AM
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