Fast food is bad: it makes you fat. Don’t eat junk food. You’ve heard it all before, haven’t you? What’s wrong with eating in fast food restaurants a few times a week or month – where’s the harm in a Happy Meal?
Junk food is damaging your body – every time you eat it.
Damage to your arteries occurs almost immediately after just one junk food-type meal. As well as the obvious harm – obesity – too much junk food can lead to allergies like severe asthma, eczema and type 2 diabetes; even cancer.
That’s frightening. But does that mean you shouldn’t eat junk food, ever? Well, probably not. We all like a bit of junk food every now and then. The trick is to try and keep it to a minimum if you can’t cut it out completely.
Eating junk food twice a week doubles your risk of developing insulin-resistant diabetes (type 2).
Asthma and eczema link to junk food What about the link between asthma, eczema and fast food? Research shows that six to seven-year-olds who eat fast food three times a week increase their risk of
What about the link between asthma, eczema and fast food? Research shows that six to seven-year-olds who eat fast food three times a week increase their risk of developing severe asthma and eczema by ages 13-14.
Not good. Now for the really scary bit…
People who eat junk food are more at risk of cancer. Research has exposed the huge link between eating junk food as a child and getting cancer as an adult.
What can you do to reduce the risk?
Visiting fast food restaurants no more than once a week will cut the risk of diabetes by 50% and the regular consumption of fruit and vegetables is likely to protect against diseases such as asthma, eczema and cancer
Stop accepting junk food as the norm
Who isn’t guilty of thinking junk food is a normal part of life these days? Maybe we’ve all stopped
thinking about what we are putting into our bodies. We’re increasingly time-poor, strapped for cash and stressed out by modern life. Junk food offers a cheap, enjoyable and convenient solution… but at what cost?
Tips on eating well at school
*Drink water with your lunch
*Drink freshly squeezed fruit juice
*Include raw vegetables, such as
carrots, in your packed lunch
*Have two servings of vegetables with a hot school dinner
*Avoid bringing crisps and chocolate into school