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Just how bad is fast food for you?

Updated on April 3, 2012

With fast food chains at nearly every corner most people are unaware of the dangers of fast food and the health effects they can have on the body.

Fat and Calorie Content: Fast food contains loads of fat and calories which can lead to obesity and heart problems. A double quarter pounder meal with a coke contains nearly 1800 calories. Considering the average person needs 2000 calories daily, this means that one meal has nearly filled the needed calories for the day. Consumption of any meal after this would put a person over the daily recommended value.

Unbalanced diet: When you consume fast food most of the food you are consuming is red meat. While red meat is not unhealthy, an unbalanced diet is. When you eat too much fast food you are depriving your body of important fruits and vegetables that it needs to survive. An unbalanced diet like this can increase your risks of health problems.

Solution Fast food does not have to be extremely bad. There are healthier options at places like McDonald's that contain less calories. There are also many places that are fast and easy that contain less harmful products.

  • Portion Control: Control the sizes you order when you go to fast food joints. Stay away from the large combo meals. If you go to fast food places on a regular basis try to cut back to once a week.
  • Chose Healthier: Try and chose healthier chose at fast food restaurants as a final resort. Attempt at looking into healthier places to eat. Places like Chipotle and Noodles and Company are great alternatives to eating at traditional fast food places.
  • Add more fruits and vegetables to your diet: Your body functions on fruits and vegetables and it is a key part of a healthy diet. Try and fit as much as you can into your diet. Also, you can think about getting a juicer. It is a great tasty way to get loads of fruits and vegetables in your diet.

Sugar Sugar and More Sugar Drinks at fast food chains nearly all contain loads and loads of sugar. Well, what's the problem with sugar? Everyone loves a little sugar now and then. Sugar, as with anything is fine in moderation but large drinks contain bucket loads of sugar and caffeine. These are some of the reasons we love fast food so much. Sugar and caffeine are highly addictive and once on them it is hard to get of


Solution When you dine at fast food restaurants be sure you avoid the large combo meals. Try to avoid the sugary drinks in general, and if you do order them try to order small. Remember that soft drinks are addictive and can be hard to stay away from

  • Portion Control Order in small portions and never order the large combos with the giant drinks. Keep limits on how much soda you are drinking and try to eliminate them from your diet.
  • Substitute Sugary Drinks for Ones low in Sugar Order alternative drinks that contain less sugar and no caffeine. If the restaurant has tea or lemonade aim at ordering those.
  • Discipline Stay disciplined and make the right choices to protect your body.

Risks of a high sugar diet High sugar diets especially in children can increase the risk of diabetes. Diabetes is very dangers and if gone unchecked can result in the loss of limbs. Diabetes is caused by the inability to turn sugar into "fuel" for the body.

How fast food can cause you to eat more and make you tired A diet high in fast food can cause high fluctuation in blood sugar and when your blood sugar becomes low it makes you tired and hungry. The more fast food you consume the more tired and dependent on high sugar and calorie rich food continues. It is a snowball effect but so are healthy choices. One healthy chose leads to another but have caution because unhealthy choices have the same effect.

Caffeine: Most people see caffeine as harmless but has certain health effects on your body. Caffeine is a drug and you can even be addicted to caffeine. A large consumption of caffeine can lead to a dependence as well as extreme fatigue feelings throughout the day


  • Cut back on caffeine: It can be hard to give up caffeine but it will help you stay healthier and even have more energy. If you have to have a soda, choose ones like sprite or root beer that don't have caffeine. You might experience withdraws at first but stay strong.
  • Get more sleep: One of the reasons many people drink caffeinated drinks is because of fatigue. If you are feeling tired the best thing you can do is get more sleep. Sleep is natures caffeine and it will keep you feeling good and healthy.


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      waseem vicky 

      5 years ago

      i advesed those people who eat too chocolate please don't too eat because it is not healtfull oue life

    • FreezeFrame34 profile image


      5 years ago from Charleston SC

      Great hub! We all need to cut back on our calories and our fast food!

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      Chewy Mommy 

      5 years ago

      Great Hub! Not only is fast food unhealthy in general, the portion sizes you are given based on how many calories is in the food being served is ridiculously high. I can't say I never eat fast food but in my family we do it rarely and we skip the soda. Once in a while we will get the kids Happy Meals from McDonald's and I will actually get one for myself because the portion sizes are more reasonable.

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      Kitty K. Free 

      5 years ago

      Great info. I don't eat fast food, mainly because of the reasons you've listed. I didn't grow up with sodas, or sugar juices in my home, so I've never had a soda issue, but when I was in high school and college I ate fast food almost every day. Now it's pretty rare that I eat it. Especially since I'm on this whole anti-GMO kick.

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      Cindy Pierre 

      5 years ago from Nevada

      Thanks brianschwarz I knew it was something like that.

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      Brian Schwarz 

      5 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks for sharing this hub. This is an important topic that many people unfortunately don't want to know anything about. (Oh, and Angel4967, that movie was "Super Size Me". There is a book called Fast Food Nation, though (and probably a documentary).

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      5 years ago

      Wow, eye opening. Those soda pop visuals really can shake you and make you think twice before going to the fridge. Great hub, great information. Thanks!

    • DeviousOne profile image


      5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      It's amazing when you add it all up including the sugar, sodium, fat etc. Good hub to keep people informed.

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      Cindy Pierre 

      5 years ago from Nevada

      Wasn't there a movie called "Fast Food Nation" I think, that had some guy eat fast food all day, everyday for 30 days? They took all his vitals before he started and monitored him throughout the experiment. It was such a moving documentary that I eat fast food very rarely. This is great info, I'm going to share it with some of my groups on Facebook.

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      5 years ago from Austin, TX

      It's ok to eat fast food... my trick is taking it as a binge every weekend. Eat everything you like as long as it's in moderation. But of course, it's easier said than done... but well I'm trying! ;)

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      5 years ago

      i like ur name


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      Mark Passarelli 

      6 years ago from Lakewood Colorado

      Hi kidscrafts,

      Thanks for the comment. Fast food is definitely bad for people, but as with anything it can be fine in moderation. It's fine to eat chocolate every now and again. It's indulging that gets people in trouble.

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      6 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Good article! I rarely go to take fast food...I must be desperate or really hungry. But you are right! We have to make people aware of the risk of eating too fat or taking too much sugar! My biggest excuse...I am originaly from Belgium ;-) But I am getting better with chocolate :-)

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      Mark Passarelli 

      6 years ago from Lakewood Colorado

      Yeah. Most people that are at risk of diabetes are overweight and unhealthy. Fast food is just a major factor in the demise of these people. You shouldn't have to worry about diabetes, but I would suggest cutting back on the fast food as much as possible. If you keep up eating fast food 3 times a day then you will have a higher risk of health problems.

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      6 years ago

      thanks for all the info i knew fast food was bad and i was a little scared because lately ok for the past few MONTHS my husband and i have eaten fast food twice to three times a day. :/ we have not gained any weight since eating the food, but i am concerned with diabetes. i had surgery last year and they did blood work and all that so they would of known if i had it right?


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