An estimated 36.6 percent of U.S. adults consume fast food every day, and fast food has been associated with poor diet and an increased risk of obesity. A 2004 Lancet study found that regularly eating fast food doubles your chance of developing insulin resistance, increasing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. While an occasional night of fast food won’t hurt, a habit of eating out could be doing a number on your health.
A study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that at the 34 fast-food chains they analyzed, the average combo meal contains 1,193 calories and the quantities of sodium, saturated fat, and sugar are through the roof.
One fast-food meal is estimated to have around could have 1,292 milligrams of sodium, which means one meal could be half your day’s worth. Sodium can elevate blood pressure and put stress on your heart and cardiovascular system. The combination of fat, sugar, and lots of sodium (salt) can make fast food tastier for some people. But diets high in sodium can lead to water retention, which is why you may feel puffy, bloated, or swollen after eating fast food.
Today, more than 2 in 3 adults in the United States are considered overweight or obese. The growth of fast food in America seems to coincide with the growth of obesity in the United States. All the calories from fast food can add up and can really damage your health so opt for healthier options and substitutions. And keep your eye on portion size.
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