What you eat and drink each day affects your health and well-being, both physically and mentally. A healthy diet, along with regular exercise, will help you to maintain a healthy weight, while reducing the risk of developing chronic illnesses, such as heart disease. However, eating regular amounts of fast and junk food will affect your quality of life, and it will have negative effects on your body.
A study published in the Journal of Preventive Medicine and Hygiene has shown a link between fast food use and the risk of obesity in students. At the time of the study, 67.4% of women and 80.7% of men had one type of fast food, including sandwich, pizza and fried chicken. The results showed that the prevalence of obesity based on body mass index (BMI) and waist-hip ratio (WHR) was 21.3% and 33.2% respectively.
Fast food is high in saturated carbohydrates, which can lead to increased blood sugar and insulin resistance.
Malnutrition can make your memory difficult. High fat diets and high sugar diets can reduce learning speed, memory and attention. Excessive consumption of fatty and sugary foods alters the parts of the brain responsible for learning, memory and reward.
Increased sodium levels can lead to your body retaining more water, leading to constipation.
Excessive consumption of processed and fried foods can send mixed signals to the brain, making it difficult to process how hungry you are and how satisfied you are. Eating junk food will deprive your body of vital nutrients and kill your appetite by keeping your stomach full for longer. This reduces the way you eat healthy food.
High sodium malnutrition can lead to an increase in headaches and migraines.
An unhealthy diet may increase your risk of depression. Malnutrition alters brain chemicals, which can cause withdrawal symptoms, including depression and depression. Studies have found that people who eat processed foods and processed foods are more likely to be depressed than those who eat unhealthy foods.
Carbohydrates and sugars in a fast diet can lead to tooth decay. Fast food and cold drinks such as soda often increase acidity in the mouth, break down plaque and expose bacteria, causing tooth decay and cavities. Diet can also weaken your bones, increasing your risk of arthritis.
These high GI foods increase blood sugar faster and cause elevated insulin levels. “[These foods] can cause acne indirectly because changes in metabolism when they respond and prolong the high insulin levels can make the skin dry, firm, and have bumps on the pores of dry skin. Studies have shown that children and adolescents who eat fast food more than three times a week are at greater risk for severe eczema.
Fried foods are high in trans fats that raise LDL cholesterol levels. A study published in the Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention has shown a link between eating fast food and the risk of colon cancer. The results of the study found that eating fast foods such as falafel, potato chips and corn chips was linked to an increased risk of colon cancer. The study also states that eating one to two or more of five fried potatoes a week or eating two to three chicken sandwiches a week also increases the risk of colon cancer.
Written by: Aiman Shahzadi