The Fast Food Frenzy

23 Feb

For many teens, fast food is an integral part of their life.  Whether it’s going across the street to Burger King during lunch release with some friends or stopping by McDonald’s on their way home from practice to grab a quick bite, fast food infiltrates all of our lives at one point or another.  This doesn’t change the fact that fast food is some of the most unhealthy, caloricaly compact, and nutritionally deficient food that we can possible consume.  Fast food industries purposefully target teens because of their busy lifestyles and desire for instant gratification making them a high-risk population for the negative effects of fast food.

One particular article I found talked about how fast food industries offer “values” which encourage consumers to buy more in order to get the most for their  money.  The danger of this nearly always overlooked even by the health conscious.  These “values” often contain the recommended amount of calories for an entire day, but contain hardly any nutrients and way too much sodium and fat.  Trying to get the best “value” for your money at a fast food restaurant is dangerous, but especially to young people who can create lasting habits and health problems.

The fact that fast food is unhealthy for us is not news.  This does not change the fact that for many, especially teens, fast food is unavoidably a part of their life.  For that reason I have included this article where you can learn about healthier, low calorie fast food options. Some other things that I recommend to help fight against the fast food frenzy include:

– Pack a snack for after school or practice so that you are not tempted to grab something on your way home

– Limit the number of times you frequent fast food (try cutting it in half or picking a set amount of visits per month)

– Use the nutrition facts posted online or at the restaurant to help you choose healthier options when you do get fast food

– Get a water to drink instead of a soda or other beverage

– Avoid “value” menus and choose items from the dollar menu when possible (they are usually smaller in size)

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4 Responses to “The Fast Food Frenzy”

  1. dneeley March 4, 2011 at 4:01 am #

    I really like the suggestions that you offer. Many people don’t realize how simple things, like packing a snack and bringing a water bottle, can have major health implications over time. I know that teens spend more of their disposable income on food than on any other item and I’m pretty sure that they’re not buying apples!

  2. jennielnew March 14, 2011 at 6:24 pm #

    Yeah, it’s pretty crazy how much power the fast food industry has, but I have to admit, if I wasn’t a public health major and didn’t know about all the adverse health effects of fast food, AND had a limited budget, I would probably go for the value menus. BUT that’s why it’s really awesome that measures are being taken to help make people aware that they do have negative health effects and there are other behavioral substitutes that we can help to promote.

  3. huisha March 24, 2011 at 11:14 pm #

    Those are some great options for fast food. It is amazing how the fast food industry works and how they work to get inside our brains just to get more business.

  4. jesschurch April 6, 2011 at 9:23 pm #

    suggestions are awesome! thanks

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