According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, restaurants across the United States have seen their average portion size triple in the past 20 years alone. The biggest problem with this is that it’s changing what people think is a ‘normal’ portion size. A solution to this could be to focus on eating at home together as a family.
A Tasty Killer
A study conducted by Mark Perira, Ph.D., and David Ludwig, M.D., Ph.D., showed that fast food increases the risk of type 2 diabetes and that people who consume fast food more than twice a week gain 10 more pounds than those that don’t. It’s gotten so bad that researchers now associate obesity with more disorders than even smoking or problem drinking.
According to the CDC, men have added 168 calories to their daily intake and women have added 335 per day- just from 1971-2000. Not only that, but in a study from ScienceNews.com researchers concluded that one month on a fast-food diet was capable of altering the way fat cells respond to insulin. Why is that important? Alteration of insulin is directly connected with type 2 diabetes.
Before going to your favorite fast food place please take these facts into consideration.
Source: The Challenge Magazine- Fast Food and Fast Facts