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McDonalds, KFC, Burger KING... Fast food, slow killer. Transgenic fats. Expanding waistline and heart deceases. Luring kids in for cheap toys.
DO WE NEED THIS?
If you're against fastfoods, if you're against transgenic meals, if you are for the HEALTHY way of life, if you care about your looks - ENLIST and spread the knowledge about this threat hidden in your snacks!!
WHAT YOU WILL FIND HERE
Scientific data about fast foods - facts, numbers, qualified opinions.
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Eating Ourselves to Death (one french fry at a time) January 2003
by Jason Thornberry
Fast food and health – not exactly a very musical phrase, is it? By that, I mean that you don't typically see these two things sharing the same sentence. Why is that exactly? You already know the answer.
Can you pinch an inch? I used to be able to manage it. Then I swore off all of that gross mess. More than half the reason such a disproportionate percentage of Americans are obese now (more than 20% in some areas) is because we keep Mickie Dee's, Taco Bell, or In-N-Out in mind when our stomach growls.
"Billions and Billions Served". Does that ring any bells? How much money have we thrown those guys to help enslave us in our own corpulence?
Hey – I love-love-love McDonald's French fries! Now I only eat them about every two months. I feel guilty usually too, so I have an Ab-Roller sit-up thingee in my apartment, and listen to music while doing about 6,000 reps.
Quite a bit of fast food has been consumed by yours truly, so I'm not trying to feign superiority. But I've given it up. So can you – easily.
For one, stop being lazy. It's really quite simple: cook. It's fun, and your gut will thank you in the long run as it diminishes, and eventually disappears. Abstinence from quick, cheap, and fatty foods isn't the entire answer. Obviously you'll need to exercise as well.
Fast food has become part of our heritage as Americans. We desire instant gratification for almost everything – certainly when it comes to what we consume. It's pretty understandable getting off work late at night, and not feeling like going home and cooking for forty minutes just to have something to eat. Burger King beckons, so we go.
I've done it! I used to work late, and the only thing open was an all-night taco stand just up the street. I'd pull in the drive-thru, and about four minutes later I had my dinner sorted out for the evening.
Eventually I started to look down whilst showering, and noticed that my stomach was growing, and I was becoming a skinny fat man: thin arms and legs, and a big ol' gut. I had to do something about it fast. So I just yanked the steering wheel the other way when I started to drift toward Carl's Junior or Baker's, or Wendy's, or any other place that'd put a greasy pile of deep fried excrement on the seat next to me for six bucks. It's expensive too. I wasted a lot of money on that stuff.
Cooking even the most extravagant thing at home (for one person) costs about four dollars, and I'll have at least a day's worth of leftovers.
Aside from helping you to be a fat bastard, fast food is also superbly high in cholesterol, and can cause high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart attacks.
I had a landlord once who almost lived off of burgers dripping with mayonnaise, fried Chicken armored in batter, gooey chili-cheese-fries, milkshakes, and tacos. This guy was prone to just about every cold or flu that came along too. He was a walking tower of mucous, and I took two chewable vitamin C tablets just in walking past his bedroom to leave the house!
I'm sure you're aware of the New York gentleman suing four different fast food companies at the moment. His liar (I mean 'lawyer') stated these corporations were "irresponsible and deceptive in the posting of their nutritional information", which allowed the client to become bloated. Walter Olson, of the Manhattan Institute was disgusted at the lawsuit. "Most people are aware that eating double cheeseburgers is not the same as eating celery," he said. "We all have appetites, but people have no trouble walking down the street and buying a different kind of food. They're not somehow forced to keep going back and Supersizing."
In December of 2001, then Surgeon General David Satcher declared obesity America's soon-to-be number one killer, and urged for there to be a healthier range of food available to consumers. We should all practice better self-control. Learn to prepare simple things at home. It can be fun sometimes, and doesn't take quite as long as you might think, once you get the hang of it. If you need further substantiation just stand naked in front of a mirror some time. That should do it.
(Jason Thornberry is a volunteer staff writer for 2 Walls Webzine)
Fast food chains have come under fire from consumer groups, such as the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a longtime fast food critic over issues such as caloric content, trans fats and portion sizes.
Some of the concerns have led to the rise of the Slow Food, or Local Food movements. These movements seek to preserve local cuisines and ingredients, and directly oppose laws and habits that favor fast food choices. Proponents of the slow food movement try to educate consumers about what its members considers the richer, more varied and more nourishing tastes of fresh, local ingredients that have been recently harvested.
Trans fats which are commonly found in fast food have been shown in many tests to have a negative health effect on the body. A 2006 study fed monkeys a diet consisting of a similar level of trans fats as what a person who ate fast food regularly would consume. Both diets contained the same overall number of calories. It was found that the monkeys who consumed higher level of trans fat developed more abdominal fat than those fed a diet rich in unsaturated fats. They also developed signs of insulin resistance, which is an early indicator of diabetes. After six years on the diet, the trans fat fed monkeys had gained 7.2% of their body weight, compared to just 1.8% in the unsaturated fat group.
The director of the obesity program for the Children's Hospital Boston, David Ludwig, claims that "fast food consumption has been shown to increase calorie intake, promote weight gain, and elevate risk for diabetes".The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranked obesity as the number one health threat for Americans in 2004. It is the second leading cause of preventable death in the United Sates and results in 400,000 deaths each year. About 60 million American adults are classified as being obese with another 127 million being overweight.Health issues associated with obesity causes economic despair regarding health care. According to a 2003 study conducted by RTI International in North Carolina, the cost of health care in America is said to increase by $93 billion a year, mainly from Type 2 diabetes and heart disease, both associated with obesity.
Excessive calories are another issue with fast food. A regular but not overly filling meal at McDonald's of a Big Mac, large fries, and a large Coca-Cola drink amounts to 1430 calories. A diet of approximately 2000 calories is considered a healthy amount of calories for an entire day (which is different depending on several factors such as weight, height, physical activity and gender).
Its the diet that says you can lose weight just by drinking half a gallon of water a day, maybe believe in this however it isn't true imo.
Water has no nutritional or caloric value other than the fact that it is water and your body needs it. It has no vitamins or something which can give you energy, you don't eat anything and only eat water you will most likely get sick due to a lack of nutrients to sustain your body. You will lose weight, but that is only because you aren't eating anything and once you start eating normally again you will just gain it back.
Originally Posted by Dromus
Fast Food's Hidden Dangers:
Every day, about one-quarter of American adults eat at fast-food restaurants. Cheap, tasty, and convenient, fast food is loaded with saturated fat and calories, and it's low in fiber and nutrients. Thanks in large part to fast food, half of America's adults and one-quarter of its children are obese, double the rate of a generation ago. Even some popular chicken nuggets, which many consumers consider a healthier alternative, are flavored with beef extract and contain twice as much fat, ounce for ounce, as a ham burger.
Besides the long-term health risks of a high-fat, high-calorie diet, fast-food chains have indirectly changed the way cattle are fed, slaughtered, and processed, making meatpacking the most dangerous job in America and increasing the risk of large-scale food poisoning. In his new book, Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal, Eric Schlosser describes fast food's hidden dangers.
A Lifetime of Fast Food
Although most of the health problems related to fast food aren't felt until middle age -- obesity and diabetes are at an all-time high --- the damage starts before children enter kindergarten. Hoping to shape eating habits, fast-food chains market heavily to children. About 96% of American school-aged children recognize Ronald McDonald, second only to Santa Claus. Almost every American child eats at a McDonald's® at least once a month.
Fast food runs on cheap labor, usually supplied by teenagers. Child labor laws that restrict work schedules are often ignored at fast-food chains. Although part-time employment can teach teenagers responsibility, teenage boys who work long hours are more likely to abuse drugs and get into trouhle. They also risk getting hurt: Each year about 20,000 teenagers suffer work-related injuries, about twice the adult rate.
Meatpacking Factories: Injuries and Food Poisoning
To keep meat prices low, most slaughterhouses have moved out of big cities and into small towns. Instead of hiring skilled, unionized workers, meatpacking plants frequently recruit recent immigrants who are willing to work hard for low pay on assembly lines that turn living cattle into frozen hamburger at record speed. To keep up the pace, plant workers often abuse methamphetamine. Meatpacking has become the most hazardous occupation in the US, with three times the injury rate of factory work. Each year, at least one-third of all meatpackers are injured on the job.
Concentrating cattle into large feedlots and herding them through processing assembly lines operated by poorly trained employees increase the risk of large-scale food poisoning. Manure gets mixed with meat, contaminating it with salmonella and Escherichia coli 0157:H7. Schlosser reports a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) study that found 78.6% of ground beef contained microbes spread primarily by fecal material. Because of current processing methods, each contaminated carcass is distributed to a large number of people. The typical frozen hamburger that is used in fast-food restaurants contains meat from dozens or hundreds of cattle, multiplying the risk of food poisoning.
E. coli 0157:H7 is one of the worst forms of food poisoning. Usually spread through undercooked hamburgers, it's difficult to treat. Although antibiotics kill the bacteria, they release a toxin that produces dreadful complications. About 4% of people infected with E. coli 0157:H7 develop hemolytic uremic syndrome, and about 5% of children who develop the syndrome die. E. coli 0157:H7 has become the leading cause of renal failure among American kids.
Meat also can become poisoned as it's processed into hot dogs or bologna. The US Food and Drug Administration and the USDA recently warned that children under six and pregnant women should avoid hot dogs and sandwich meats unless they're thoroughly cooked, due to the risk of Listeria monocytogenes infection. Once mixed into food, L. monocytogenes continues to multiply, despite refrigeration. Usually, it causes mild flu-like symptoms, but it can turn deadly in young children. Pregnant women are 20 times more susceptible to infection, which may lead to miscarriage or stillbirth. Each year, L. monocytogenes causes 2,500 serious illnesses and 500 deaths. As food processing is concentrated among fewer and fewer facilities, large-scale contamination becomes more likely. Last year, for example, agricultural giant Cargill recalled almost 17 million pounds of processed poultry products due to the risk of L. monocytogenes.
Not only does junk food make people fatter. It also greatly increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. In people with type 2 diabetes, muscle and fat cells are less able to take up a sugar called glucose from the blood. Glucose builds up to very high levels. The result is damage to eyes, kidney disease, neuropathy (loss of feeling) and heart disease . The majority of people who develop type 2 diabetes are obese or overweight.
The first long-term study of the link between fast food, obesity, and diabetes was reported January 1 st in The Lancet. People who ate fast food twice a week or more were compared to people who ate fast food less than once a week. Researchers found that the people who ate more fast food gained about 10 more pounds and had twice as much increase in insulin resistance over a 15-year period. That means they were less able to process blood sugars.
Even when the researchers considered other factors such as television viewing, exercise, drinking and smoking, they found that the results stemmed from the participants' fast food diet.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is waging a campaign against childhood obesity to reduce the number of children who will develop type 2 diabetes. In the U.S., the number of obese children went up 25% from the 1970s to the 1990s. As the American fast food industry has spread to other countries, 10 percent of children worldwide have become overweight or obese.
Fortunately, small changes in eating habits can make a big difference. In the United Kingdom, just limiting access to carbonated drinks resulted in slimmer school children. In Singapore, a school environment that offered nutrition education, healthy food and drinks, and special attention for students who were already overweight or obese resulted in a significant decline in the number of obese children. - Source: Teen Boarding School.