The Dangers of Fast Food

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Sam Hill, Reporter

Fast food restaurants seem to be all over the place in this day and age. Going to these places may seem cheap and they are a lot easier for people to get to. However, there are dangers to consider when going to a fast food restaurant.

Health dangers can be very real from fast food, thus making fast food restaurants dangerous and unhealthy. Diseases like diabetes and heart disease can be caused by eating at these places too much. The average American spends about $1,200 on fast food per year. This breaks down to $100 per month and about $12.50 per meal. So, eating at these places may seem cheaper, but in reality, it’s not.

There are many health concerns that come with eating at fast food restaurants. One major health concern that can come from eating at fast food is heart disease and a potential stroke. The cause of this is higher cholesterol, because when you are eating more fat, and you can increase blood pressure. Another big, and obvious, health concern coming from eating too much fast food is weight gain. With the weight gain can other health concerns can arise. These include heart disease and high cholesterol. 

Another dangerous health concern that can come from eating too much fast food is insulin resistance. Eating too much of these types of foods can lead to insulin spikes, which can ultimately make you resistant to insulin. This can also lead to Type II diabetes. Type II diabetes is a very dangerous disease that you can get on your own, without genetics. 85% of people with diabetes have Type II. One main way to get Type II diabetes is consuming too many calories and fat. Too many calories and fat are in fast food.

Fast food chains also add sugar into their meals. The American Heart Association suggests to only consume 100-150 calories of added sugar per day, which is between 6-9 teaspoons of sugars. A 12 oz. fast food soda contains about 8 teaspoons of sugar alone, which is about 130 calories of sugar. Too much sugar can lead to fat and Type II diabetes.

Fast food is dangerous for you. You can get heart disease, high cholesterol, and Type II diabetes. These meals are also very expensive, as people average to spend $1,200 a year on fast food restaurants. Also, fast food restaurants contain a ton of sugar in meals, usually the amount you should consume in one day.