- 06 September 2019
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Dangers Of Fast Food On Hyderabad’s Streets
In the modern fast-paced life, people are increasingly turning towards what is called “Fast-Food”. This means that eating a healthy home-cooked meal is limited, which opens doors to the possibility of health deterioration.
Every sixth person in Hyderabad who eats street food is becoming sick. In recent decades, vada pav, samosas, donuts, pizza, burgers, rolls, wrappers, french fries, and many more have penetrated every corner of Hyderabad. Big Macs, double whoppers, kebabs, hot dogs, spring rolls, deluxe potatoes, Mark Fish, Great Coca Cola, Mc Flurries, Pizza, Chinese Food, Barbecue also are fast food. As soon as one steps out of home, they are present everywhere, right from shopping centers, restaurants, street corners to canteens in offices and colleges.
Fast food, also known as “junk food”, did you ever wonder why they are called junk? The word “junk” refers to something useless and damaging. Since fast foods have deteriorating effects health they are called junk. The effects are the same whether consumed once, twice a week, or every day.
Junk foods may treat the taste buds, but the harmful effects of these foods are well known. Daily intake can cause irreparable damage to the body. Some research shows that junk food makes one vulnerable to heart disease and ultimately weakens the brain function.
Look at this article provided by Dr. Rohan P. Reddy from Sunshine Hyderabad Hospital how fast food plays an essential role in worsening health. Even if you don’t eat This article is for everyone if one does not eat junk food regularly, because the effect is far more dangerous than you think …
What is Fast Food? Why is it So Favoured?
Fast food is any food that can be cooked and served quickly. It can come from many places: take-out, drive-thru, sit-down restaurants, and fast food delivery chains. It is popular because it’s cheap and tasty. Fast food is made with cheaper and processed ingredients like high-fat meat, processed grains, added sugars, and fats. These cheaper ingredients are used instead of nutrients such as lean meat, grains, fresh fruits, and vegetables. Fast food uses a lot of preservatives which contain sodium that makes the food tasty. They are rich in calories, salt, and fat.
Any food that has negligible nutritional value can be considered as fast food. The more we consume, the lower the intake of essential nutrients and vitamins in the body.
Is Fast Food Bad?
There is no such thing as lousy food, but there are some foods that one should not consume regularly. Some of the health problems due to fast foods are listed below:
Long Term Dangers of Eating Fast Food:
Eating unwanted, low-quality food is associated with a higher risk of obesity, depression, digestive problems, heart disease and stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and premature death due to high consumption of trans fats.
The harmful effects of fast food on our health can take two forms — short or long term.
Short Term Effects:
They can be lazy, not feeling well, anxiety, etc.
Children who are overweight can experience hypertension, high cholesterol, and insulin resistance during childhood or puberty, and can have a high risk in growth. Men are at risk of developing arteriosclerosis, myocardial infarction, stroke, diabetes, and colon cancer. However, women tend to suffer from degenerative arthritis, increased blood pressure during pregnancy, and a tendency for hip fractures.
Healthy eating is a long-term goal because the quality of food eaten is the most important to health. Eating natural, whole, organically-grown, and chemical-free food not only improves health but also acts as preventative medicine.
Long Term Effects:
Obesity is one of the most common side effects of eating fast food. A combination of sugar, calories, and fat contributes to weight gain. Obesity can lead to diabetes, joint pain, and heart disease along with other issues as listed below:-
Cardiovascular and Digestive Systems Issues:
Most of the fast-food in Hyderabad streets, including drinks and side dishes are loaded with little carbohydrates to no fiber. When such a type of food is digested, carbohydrates are released as glucose (sugar) into the blood. As a result, blood sugar rises. As long as the body uses or stores sugar, blood sugar returns to normal. However in this case the pancreas responds to the increased sugar levels and releases insulin resulting in a spike. The main function of Insulin is to transport glucose into the body cells since they need energy.
Over time, these insulin spikes can affect your body’s normal insulin response. This
Increases the risk of insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, and obesity that leads to heart-related problems.
Respiratory System Issues:
Since fast food triggers obesity increases the risk of respiratory problems, including asthma and shortness of breath. Excessive obesity can put pressure on the heart and lungs. Even doing small tasks can cause difficulty in breathing. Shortness of breath can also occur when exercising, climbing stairs, and walking.
This risk of respiratory problems occur in children too. One study found that children who ate fast food at least three times a week were more likely to suffer from asthma.
Central Nervous System Issues:
People who eat fast food and processed food are 51 percent more likely to experience depression than people who don’t eat or eat in moderation.
Reproductive System Issues:
Ingredients in junk food and fast food can affect fertility. One study found that fast foods contain phthalate. Phthalates are chemicals that can reverse hormonal action in the body. Exposure to high concentrations of these chemicals can cause reproductive disorders, including congenital disabilities.
Integumentary System (skin, hair, nails) Issues:
The fast-food can affect the appearance of the skin. Foods that are high in carbohydrates cause a spike in blood sugar, and this sudden spike in blood sugar can cause acne.
According to a study, children and adolescents who eat fast food at least three times a week also experience eczema more often.
Skeletal System (bones) Issues:
Carbohydrates and sugar in fast food can increase the acid in the mouth. This acid can destroy the enamel of the teeth. When the enamel disappears, bacteria attack the teeth and makes a cavity.
Being overweight can also cause complications with bone density and muscle mass. Fat people have a higher risk of breaking their bones. It is important to continue exercising to build muscle that supports your bones and maintain a healthy diet to minimize bone loss.
Memory Loss and Learning Issues:
The people who consume fast food perform poorly on cognitive tests. Fast food can affect memory and leave the person with a weaker brain. This causes sudden inflammation in the hippocampus of the brain, which is responsible for memory and recognition.
Fast food is full of high levels of sugar and fat, which can cause specific chemical reactions in the brain that damage its function. When the body swallows too much, it loses essential nutrients and amino acids. These symptoms ultimately cause the brain’s inability to deal with stress and can make you feel depressed.
Appetite and Digestion Issues:
Consuming excessive fast food creates a dilemma in the brain. Excessive sugar intake can cause blood sugar to fluctuate, and the brain needs more food, which in turn causes overheating. That makes digestion difficult for the body and to absorb excess fast food.
Inappropriate Growth and Development:
Fast food results in a lack of essential nutrients and vitamins needed for proper body growth and development. Unhealthy eating habits, combined with an imbalance of fatty acids and essential nutrients, can affect the progress of the brain and other body parts. Excessive intake of soda and sugar also causes tooth decay and bone weakness.
At present, more than 2 out of 3 adults in Hyderabad are considered obese or overweight. More than a one third of children between the ages of 6 and 19 are also considered overweight or obese. The growth of fast food in Hyderabad seems to coincide with the growth of obesity in Hyderabad. The number of fast-food restaurants in Hyderabad has doubled. The number of Hyderabadis who are obese has also increased.
Despite efforts to bring awareness in Hyderabad and make it smarter, a study found that the number of calories, fat, and sodium in fast food remained mostly unchanged.
When Hyderabad population became more involved and eats fast food more often, it can harm individuals and the Hyderabad’s health care system. So people must take care of their health while thinking to eat fast food on Hyderabad street as it may lead to long term impact on health.
If you are a candidate who is eating fast food regularly, and suffering from any one of the above problems, then contact Dr. Rohan P. Reddy Medical Gastroenterology from Sunshine Hyderabad Hospital for the best treatment.
About Sunshine Hospitals:
A Multi Super Speciality Institution, 500 bedded Sunshine Hospitals (Paradise Circle, Secunderabad) is promoted by globally reputed Joint Replacement Surgeon Dr AV Gurava Reddy (Orthopedic Doctor) and like-minded associates who share the objective of making world-standard healthcare available, affordable and accessible to the common man. Sunshine has now become one of the best hospitals for many treatments including Orthopedic, Gastroenterology, Cardiology, Trauma and Neurology.