Obesity and Fast Food

Fast foods are frequently linked to the epidemic of obesity, but there has been very little scientific appraisal of a possible causal role (Prentice, A. M.,& Jebb, S. A.,2003). Subsequently, fast foods are high in saturated fats, sodium, trans fats, and cholesterol. Studies have shown that over the past four decades, consumption of food eaten away from home has also risen alarmingly. It is well known that eating out may lead to excess calorie intake and increases the risk of obesity because of large portion sizes and increased energy density of foods (Mandal, 2019). Negative effects on health included increased health problems, such as obesity and chronic disease associated with adoption of unhealthy lifestyles (Abbot & Cohen, 2008 p.3). Based on these facts alone, it could be easily concluded that frequently eating fast foods often may cause obesity. It is my belief that the consumption of fast food does not put one at risk for obesity; however, poor nutrition choices does. Fortunately, there are healthier menu items that can be purchased, in lieu of the fried foods and burgers. Fast food restaurants offer salads, and grilled items as well.

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