Fast Food and Obesity

What about fast food and obesity?

What is Obesity? Obesity is defined as being overweight by 30 percent of the ideal body weight. Obese people have a high percentage of body fat. To me the very word obesity has always sounded repugnant.

Is there a link between fast food and obesity? Is there a link between type 2 diabetes and obesity? Consider this: fast food consumption is up 500% since 1970. Obesity in America is epidemic. One of the most heartbreaking facts is: obesity in children and type 2 diabetes in children are epidemic.

One reason a fast food addict gains weight is the vast quantities of msg added to fast foods to enhance their flavors. Low fat choices certainly won’t let you escape the hidden msg in fast foods. Msg is added to make up for the flavors lost when fats are removed

Obesity Statistics:

According to the CDC obesity in America is steadily increasing.
They say that 30% of all adults in America are obese.
An additional 16% of young people are obese.

Since obese people are 4 times more likely to succumb to disease, obesity is a major health risk. Again the CDC says “Being overweight or obese increases the risk of many diseases and health conditions,” including the following:

Dyslipidemia (for example, Type 2 Diabetes or high levels of triglycerides)
High Total Cholesterol,
• Coronary heart disease
• Stroke
• Gallbladder disease
• Osteoarthritis
• Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
• Some cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon)

What constitutes the difference between being over weight and obese?

An adult with a body mass index of between 25 and 29.9 is considered over weight.

An adult with a body mass index of 30 or higher is considered obese.

Here is the formula to compute an adults BMI
Weight x’s 703 ÷ Height ÷ Height = _______ Your BMI

Did you figure your body mass and you are only over weight and not obese

Congratulations, you are part of the 80% of over weight Americans. Now is the time to take control of your weight before you get obese or have a serious health problem.

Besides the health consequences there are many other
negatives about being obese.

They are:

Insurance - Your weight makes you a greater risk so it may be more expensive.
Healthcare - Doctors may not take other problems seriously & blame your weight.
Smaller wages - Studies have shown that obesity affects you pay at work.
Friends - As harsh as it sounds people just don’t want to be seen with you.
Your love life - In America we seem to worship the slim models look.
Self Esteem - As we compare ourselves to the skinny people it hurts.
Sports & Exercise - May be out of the question because it hurts.

New studies of obesity in America have found that as many as 1/3 of our school children are not physically fit. Television, video games, computers plus an abundance of sodas, snacks and poor nutrition choices in school lunch programs may have to shoulder some of the blame.

The January 2004 issue of Pediatrics had results of an extensive survey by M.D. David Ludwig and others. They found: Fast food has become a prominent feature of the diet of children in the United States and, increasingly, throughout the world.

This study included 6212 children and adolescents 4 to 19 years old in the United States.

The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that fast-food consumption adversely affects dietary factors linked to obesity risk.

Children who ate fast food, compared with those who did not, consumed more total energy, more total fat, more carbs and less vegetables, non-starchy foods and fruit.

30% of the children ate an average of 187 calories a day extra.


• Make it a family thing to go for a walk with the kids after school.

• Turn off the t.v. and get the kids playing outside for an hour a day.

• Make it a point to drastically cut back on taking your children out for fast foods.

• Change your family to a healthier eating style.

• Attend your child’s school and find out what choices are offered for lunch.

Let’s break the link between fast food and obesity.

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