There have been hundreds of debates over fast food in the past decade and how they affect people. Majority of people know that eating this food is not good for your body at all, and yet they continue to go back and have it numerous times per week. A survey done by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey showed that kids between the ages of 12 and 19 ate around 12.4% of their daily calories from fast food. The study also found that close to 34% of these kids ate fast food in a given day. This makes me raise the question, how does fast food really affect the body? This is the hypothesis by which I completed my research. Some of the results I found I was not expecting at all.
The first study I found tested the link between fast food and depression, and if they were actually directly linked with each other. This study observed a whopping 8,964 people and looked at this contnection. All of the participants were told to write down every time they ate fast food and other baked goods over the course of six years. The researchers monitored who was showing signs of depression, and the results were quite mind blowing. In the end, the results showed that people who ate fast food are 36% more likely to form some sort of depression than those who did not eat these harmful foods.
The next study I observed was used to show the link between eating fast food and having asthma, rhinoconjunctivitis and eczema. The study was done at The University of Auckland, and was done by giving participants a large number of questionnaires, which asked if they ever had thy symptoms associated with these diseases. There were also questions which asked about the peoples food intake over the past 12 months. These questionnaires were completed by 13-14 year old children and parents of 6-7 year old children. There were numerous patterns that were found from this study. One of them is in both the children and parents, there was an increased risk of severe asthma if the participants were to eat fast food 3 or more times per week. Along with asthma, there was also an increased risk in severe forms of the other two illnesses. This to me is a reason to give up fast food, as it clearly has no health benefits.