June 26, 2011

Fast Food: Burgers, Fries, Pizzas Make Overweight Kids

Today, our society is filled with overweight kids because of the different fast food restaurants that cater both to parents and children.  Food specifically is their nature of business.  As years go by, more and more are launched in the market and children from all sorts of life try to take advantage of what they can offer them.

Fast food restaurants may promote instant food to eat, but how safe are they to promote the healthy lifestyles of your children?  Sad to accept that burgers, pizzas, fries, hotdogs, sodas and other children’s favorites are not healthy foods, although kids may consider them most delicious.

Findings about Overweight

What these restaurants claim is that their products are not the major source of overweight kids.  Whether there is truth to this or none, still the concerned parents are the ones in charge of their children’s health. Consider the  following:
  • A new research shows that children who eat instant-cooked food tend to eat larger amounts of food the whole day.  They become overweight kids because they eat more than what their body needs. 
  • Statistics shows that on a given day, approximately 1/4 of the children in a particular country would eat in these restaurants.  This involves the young boys and girls in every race and cultural group.  It includes all the regions in the nation.
  • In just one whole year, young boys and girls are able to increase their weight to about eight more pounds.  This is because of the high cholesterol contents eaten in fast food restaurants.
  • The sugar, salt, fat contents do attract the children like a magnet.  The tastes are appealing to the kids as well as the appearance and the smell.  They satisfy children's cravings.
  • The great taste is the triggering factor to every child including their adult parents. The small amount they consume will enhance more cravings for indulgence.   It promotes more eating in the afternoon until evening. 

Deprived of Fruit and Vegetables

Since the choice of food does not include enough fibers, the children will not feel full immediately.  Consequently, they tend to eat larger amounts for the rest of the day. Foodstuffs consumed will compromise the children’s diet in general.  Better options like fruit and vegetables are ignored and they play only a small role in children’s overall food nutrition. Depriving your children with the right food will develop obesity and weight-gaining problems.

Pizzas, burgers, fries and other similar food have the highest chances of making overweight kids if eaten beyond control.  Remember, the lifetime health of the kids start at the very young age, so be aware how you, parents, feed them every day.

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At June 27, 2011 at 10:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

As if the calorie count on a supersize serving of McDonald's French fries weren't scary enough, one of the big health stories last week was a report suggesting that eating any fried or baked starch could increase your risk of getting cancer. According to Swedish researchers, frying potatoes or other starchy foods triggers the formation of an organic molecule called acrylamide, which has been shown to cause cancer in lab rats.

Frankly, it's hard to know what to do with a report like this. The evidence is so preliminary. There's no scientific paper to read, no clinical-trial results to analyze, just a press release and some figures on an Internet site. Even the scientists from the University of Stockholm and the National Food Association of Sweden, who scheduled a press conference to announce their findings, are not calling for any special action--just further study. They acknowledge that most of the problems associated with acrylamides stem from breathing them, not eating them.

And if the Swedish results hold up, there still may not be any cause for alarm. "Just because you can detect something doesn't mean it's significant," says Mary Ellen Camire, professor of food science and nutrition at the University of Maine in Orono. Our tools for detecting the presence of minute quantities of contaminants, she points out, are far more refined than our understanding of how the body deals with them.

Not that frying is such a great thing, healthwise. Food scientists have long known that our cooking processes create a wide variety of carcinogens. Grilling or broiling a nice marbled steak, for example, dramatically increases the concentration of heterocyclic amines--compounds that under laboratory conditions cause the kind of genetic damage that leads to cancer. No one has proved, however, that eating grilled steaks increases your chances of getting cancer. (Nor is anyone likely to try; the endeavor would be too difficult.) You would expect that after millions of years of eating meat, our bodies might have evolved a few mechanisms for getting rid of the carcinogens in burned flesh. But if you're worried about carcinogens, you can reduce your consumption by marinating meat before grilling it.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not defending deep frying. The last thing we need is to burden our hearts--not to mention our waistlines--with more of the artery-clogging fat found in any fried food. But there are already plenty of things you can do to reduce your risk of cancer, starting with a vow to quit (or not start) smoking. "You get more acrylamide from smoking than you do from food," says Lois Gold, director of the Carcinogenic Potency Project at the University of California, Berkeley. You should also eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, go easy on red meat and exercise regularly. Taking these steps can't guarantee that you will never develop cancer, but they may tip the odds in your favor.

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At June 29, 2011 at 12:12 AM , Blogger Glenn Silvestre said...

Hi Christine,
Thanks for writing here. In today's food industry, most of what we eat could endanger our health, especially children. This is not only limited to fast food but others also. They may promote sickness instead of health. However, if we can't help but eat them, we need to do some health-related activities like exercise, rest, stress management and others to prevent being obese, sick or have terminal disease.

At June 30, 2011 at 4:36 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really? I like hamburgers so much, I can't live without burgers. I appreciate, however, the information. I'll just do it in moderation. Nice post.

At July 1, 2011 at 12:20 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obesity has really become an epidemic among children nowadays because of FATfoods in FASTfood

At July 1, 2011 at 5:33 AM , Blogger Glenn Silvestre said...

You're right, you can control being obese by controlling your appetite especially for fattening food served mostly in fast food. Just do it moderately. Thanks for the comment.

At July 1, 2011 at 5:37 AM , Blogger Glenn Silvestre said...

You like burgers? so do I. But I limit it to only 3 burgers a month. It's good enough to eat less since I give importance to my weight & health.

At July 11, 2011 at 9:26 PM , Blogger Ning said...

Well, I heard that there is really no junk food. It is the amount that we take in that makes us sick.


At July 14, 2011 at 8:12 AM , Blogger Glenn Silvestre said...

Taking in too much food of any kind is not really good for both adults and kids. Moderation always keep things in balance.


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