Have you ever had second thoughts about traveling through that drive through lane? Have you wondered why is it that you cannot seem to lose some extra pounds although you are active and work out? How about the kids asking what’s for dinner, and then they answer their own questions with, “oh yeah- it’s Wednesday night, we go through the drive through”.
In this article we are going to talk about some facts and what happens to our bodies when we eat too much fast food. I don’t care to get into arguments with people over time management but the facts speak for themselves and in this case they speak loudly!
- 1970, there were about 30,000 fast-food restaurants in the United States; that number increased to 222,000 by 2001. This growing trend is concerning as many health consequences come along with a diet full of fast food.
- 50,000 fast food chains across the United States, with McDonalds being the largest restaurant chain at 31,000. In the world, there are more than 500,000 fast food places
- McDonalds alone serves 52 million every day (that’s 1 in 6 Americans every day) 18 billion people every year.
- Kids between the ages of 6 and 14 eat fast food 157,000,000 times every month.
- Ninety-six percent of kids in school could recognize an image of Ronald McDonald, the face of The only recognizable figure that ranked higher was Santa Claus. To top it off,
- Americans spend nearly $100 billion on fast food every year.
- If you have a Big Mac, large fries, and a coke, and go for a moderate walk (3mph), you’ll be walking for 6 hours to burn up those calories!
- Not that hungry? If you go for the Big Mac and medium fries and drink, you’re still out there pounding the pavement for 5 hours. Small size it? 4 hours!!
- The US Department of Health and Human Services discovered that the combination of a poor diet and a lack of physical activity causes 310,000 to 580,000 deaths every year. These numbers are significantly higher than deaths caused either by guns or drug use.
- The types of foods that lead to death are ones with too much saturated fat, sugar and sodium, which all characterize fast foods. Further, fast food meals often do not provide enough healthy food choices, such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables, which is another contributing factor to health problems.
When was the last time you added up the sugar grams you are eating? Calories are one thing, but sugar… that’s too hard.. I’ve never done that! Research shows as Americans, we are sugar addicts and it also shows that sugar is one of the main contributing factors to obesity and diabetes.
Did you know that in every one gram of sugar, that is really equal to four teaspoons?!? So when the food label of your favorite snack lists 18 grams of sugar it is really 18×4 which is really eating 72 teaspoons!!!!
How do we stop then? How do we ‘quit’ our habit? Awareness is always the first step. Limiting it is second. Buying smart is third. It really is that simple. Now I know some of you say yeah right, easier said than done. Well, I can assure you, I know!! I know it’s hard but it is worth it!! It is worth shedding the last 12 pounds; it is worth fitting into a new size. More importantly it is worth changing your family legacy!! If you don’t want to do it for yourself, do if for your children! Do it for their children and do it for the sake of humanity. We need to come together as educated adults and fight for our health because if we don’t, there won’t be future generations. They will be dying sooner and faster than us!
For me, the facts are enough to take notice, try some things differently and see results. How about you? Are you ready to stop the drive-through dash??
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