Disadvantages of Fast Foods and Food Habits


Disadvantagesof Fast Foods and Food Habits

Disadvantagesof Fast Foods and Food Habits

Thecurrent food habits and culture in the United States is determined bya number of factors that influence people to prefer certain types offoods. The consumption of the fast foods is increasingly rising inthe American society as a result of the desire to eat tasty foodsthat are easily accessible and conveniently sold. However, theconsumption of the fast foods leads to social and health conditionsthat highlight the disadvantages of the tasty quick meals. Accordingto Martirosyan (2009), the rise of the fast food industry in theUnited States is the reason for diverse nutritional conditions suchas obesity. To explore the factors that influence food habits andtheir consequences, this essay will evaluate the disadvantages of thefast foods in the United States.

Tastebeing a factor that influences food habits, the tasty nature of fastfoods leads to their excessive consumption. The advantage with fastfoods is their tasty nature, which appeals to many people. The fastfoods are prepared with an aim of quick eating and tasty appeal(Freeman, 2007). The reason for being tasty is because they areprepared with an aim of attracting more customers to consume them.According to Freeman (2007), this is because fast foods arecommercial foods and are meant to be tasty for them to sustain thebusiness enterprises and encourage the culture of the “food on thego” that drives the consumption of fast foods.

Anotheradvantage of the fast foods is convenience. One of the reasons as towhy people consume fast foods is because of the convenience that isassociated with the preparation and access of these foods. To addressthe convenience needs, vendors sell the fast foods in locations thatare near the customers. for instance, fast food stores are nearschools, offices and parks. To make it convenient, the vendors offast foods, prepare them quickly, and therefore avoid the healthyprocesses of preparing healthy meals that are fully balanced(Martirosyan, 2009). As a result of the pursuit of convenience, thefoods are also consumed without the recommended accompaniments thatbalance the diet of the meals.

.However, the tasty and convenient fast foods have a number ofdisadvantages. One of the main disadvantages of the tasty fast foodsis their health implications. The problem of obesity is one of themain disadvantages of the fast foods. The preparation of these foodsseeks taste and not nutritional value. As a result of this pursuit,fast foods are sugary and fatty as well as the use of highlyconcentrated spices. Due to these additives, people develop habits oftaking the fast foods that lead to the uptake of excess fats andsugars than needed in the body (Freeman, 2007). With little or noexercises to burn up the excessive fats, people grow fat and lead tothe problem of obesity.

Lazinessis one of the factors that lead to the development of the currentfood habits and culture of fast foods. At the same time, laziness isa disadvantage of the consumption of fast foods. People who areemployed do not have the time to prepare healthy meals that takelonger to cook and serve. They also do have time to take healthymeals in restaurants because they take longer time to serve and eat(Freeman, 2007). Therefore, they find fast foods being fast, easy andsimple to consume during their breaks at home. As a result of thefast foods, people gain weight and develop health conditions thatkeep them out of their jobs. Consequently, the problem of employmentsets in as such people have challenges working.

Anotherdisadvantage of the fast foods is that they are not nutritionallybalanced meals. The habit of the fast foods has led to thedevelopment of nutritional diseases due to the uptake of foods withpoor a balanced diet. In addition, the fast foods are prepared usingingredients that are excessively used in an unhealthy manner.According to Preedy et al (2013), the lack of properly balanced dietsleads to poor health and attracts the development of diseases thatare associated with the lack of vital minerals and vitamins.

Theconsumption of the fast foods has led to the problem of diseasesbecause most of these fast foods lie in the carbohydrates class offoods. The reliance of the fast foods causes excessive uptake ofcarbohydrates, leading to poor nutrition and low immunity. Accordingto Martirosyan (2009), the uptake of carbohydrates alone leads to thedeficiency of vitamins and minerals in the body, leading to lowimmunity. The resulting situation is that the population is filledwith people with low immunity, a risk that increases the rate ofspread of the infectious diseases (Preedy et al, 2013). According toMartirosyan (2009), the body cannot fight against diseases if aperson is relying on foods filled with carbohydrates. As a result ofthe fast foods, people have been left vulnerable to both theinfectious and the non-infectious diseases.

Whilethe fast foods are tasty, convenient and easily accessible, theirconsumption leads to social and health disadvantages in the society.The additives and excess sugars and fats contained in fast foods leadto obesity and overweight status in the society. In addition, fastfoods lead to poor health due to low immunity and reliance oncarbohydrates. Moreover, reliance on fast foods leads to developmentof laziness, which is a factor that influences the eating habits. Thedisadvantages associated with fast foods make them inappropriate forthe society. However, the factors that lead to fast foods are stilldominant influences to the fast food habits and culture.


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