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Eating fast foods has been linked to a number of different health conditions. Some of these conditions may lead to permanent disability or even death. It is important for people to be aware of the risks of illness and disease related to the consistent consumption of fast foods. The health conditions linked to fast food consumption include the following:
Stroke: A diet of fast foods many times leads to high blood pressure which, in turn, is a leading risk factor for stroke.
Obesity: The NIH also states that consuming fast food can lead to obesity. One study discovered that a person who eats fast food at least twice a week will gain at least ten extra pounds.
Type 2 Diabetes: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) states that fast food consumption is strongly associated with insulin resistance, something that greatly increases a person's risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Cardiovascular Disease: Eating an unhealthy diet filled with fast foods is a leading contributor to cardiovascular disease. The condition is caused by the buildup of plaque in a person's arteries and might lead to heart failure.
Cancer: According to Corporate Accountability International, one-third of cancers are related to poor diet, such as the kind of diet to be found through consuming fast foods. This is many times paired with the fact that obesity is closely linked with cancers of the kidney, colon, as well as esophagus.
Health risks related to the consumption of fast foods do not affect only adults. Children who regularly eat fast foods often suffer even more than adults do because their conditions worsen as they grow older. Like adults, children experience an increased risk for obesity and type 2 diabetes associated with the consumption of fast foods according to the NIH. Some studies have revealed that children who eat fast foods on a regular basis also experience an increased risk for developing hypertension, asthma, and high cholesterol.
The factors mentioned, in combination with a lack of complete nutrition in fast foods, may lead to improper growth and development in children and adolescents. Diet is one of the major factors that contribute to proper growth and development and is particularly important for toddlers and young children who are developing and growing at a fast rate. A lack of appropriate nutrition might stunt a child's physical growth, brain development, or motor skills development.
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