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Obesity and Diabetes with Fast Food

Updated on April 14, 2015

Obesity and Diabetes with Fast Food

Fast Food has been around for a long time. There were not many at first but over time many fast food chains have been popping up around everywhere. In 1992 there were 3 fast food restaraunts in Tumwater now there are 9, all concentrated in one place. Even though we have learned all of the negative effects of Fast Food chains many of these chains are still opening up and staying in business. We know that overeating at Fast Food chains your body gains weight and is resistant to insulin so obesity rates go up and Type 2 diabetes go up. (Pereira, Et al 36) Because Fast Food is so widely available, and it is easier to get than making your own food obesity and Type 2 diabetes and food borne illnesses are increasing.

When people buy their food do theyknow what really happens behind the scenes not behind the counter but the farms the cattle and chickens were raised at? Cows aren’t fed grain anymore because of the rising costs of feeding them, “About 75 percent of cattle in the United States were routinely fed livestock wastes – the rendered remains of dead sheep and dead cattle – until August of 1997” (Schlosser 353) The animal shelters even sold them dead cats and dogs to feed them. The FDA banned this because of increased cases of Mad Cow Disease. Even sawdust and old newspaper are being fed to cattle, even chicken manure was fed to cows (Schlosser 353) What these cows eat goes into their bodies and we eat what they have eaten this cannot be healthy for the animals or us. Not all cows have diseases, but the ones that do can easily contaminate the rest of the cows after butcher because it all goes through the same equipment, even diseases float around in slaughter houses. (Scholsser 354) When people are slaughtering cows they have to gut the cow and if there inexperienced gutters things can get a little messy if they cut the stomach of a cow. The insides of stomachs come out and it is all over their equipment and knife that they reuse for each cow that comes around passing contaminations to each cow it touches. These diseases are then easily transmitted to us from eating them.

While eating out every now and then isn’t going to make people get obese instantly: eating it more or less everyday may have serious side effects that can start affecting them. Yes many people may have been dealt shitty cards and are fat because of their genes. But let’s face it if people are obese and they work out every day and train hard they will slim down. But the increase of fast food restaurants and the stress of everyday work may lead to not making the right decisions for themselves. Fast food sizes over time have increased the drink sizes have increased extremely; small drinks are the previous year’s large. With larger portion sizes and a food that has a lot of energy to weight ratio people have a lot of calories to burn. (Stender, Dyerberg, Astrup 888) If people frequently ate at a fast food restaurant two times or more they are more likely to weigh more than 4.5kgs heavier than a person who eats fast food less than two times a week. (Stender, Dyerberg, Astrup 888) The food even contains high amounts of Trans-fat. This fat is made by making the shell life of items more resistant to spoiling. (Stender, Dyerberg, Astrup888) Trans-fat is more likely to cause weight gain and fat gain in the stomach area than any other fat. A study shows that monkeys that were fed a high in Trans-fat diet and other monkeys a diet that was low in Trans-fat. The monkeys that were fed the trans-fat were 7.2% heavier in the beginning compared to the other monkeys that only gained 1.8% more body weight. (Stender, Dyerberg, Astrup 888). Trans-fat naturally occurs in some foods but in very minimal amounts: while in industrial processed foods it is in way higher levels. If food wasn’t so heavily processed, fast food may be healthier.

Some people are born with Type 1 diabetes but Type 2 diabetes is based on diet and exercise.People’s risk of Type 2 diabetes increases if they’re are obese.With these high in sugar and salt food people always eat their body starts to become resistant to insulin giving them Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is difficult to live with always having to check your blood pressure and you’re a risk to others by becoming a hazard on the road and a liability to others.

With all these fast food restaurants are appearing in every nook and cranny of towns it’s not hard to believe that many people are dying of obesity, diabetes, and food-borne illnesses. These businesses don’t care about health and what happens in the long run from eating their food; they only care about making as much money as possible while spending the least amount of money in the process. By looking at the health statistics of fast food people should not be eating fast food on a regular basis until the food that is served to them is safe to eat on a regular basis.


Stender, S, Dyerber, J, Astrup, A“Fastfood: unfriendly and unhealthy.” International Journal of Obesity June 2007. Web. 18 January 2012

Pereira Mark A. Kartashov, Alex I. Ebbeling, Cara B. Van Horn, Martha L. Jacobs Jr., David R. Ludwig, David S. “Fast-food habits, weight gain, and insulin resistance (the CARDIA study): 15-year Prospective analysis” Lancet 1 January 2005. Web. 18 January 2012

Schlosser, Eric “Fast Food Nation” New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2001. Large Print


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