Fast food and junk food seem to make up a big portion of American’s diets. More than one third of US adults are obese, which is more than 35 percent. Obesity causes health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, type II diabetes, and certain types of cancer. These and many other health conditions are the leading cause of preventable death. Fast food and junk food does so many bad things to your body both immediately and long-term.
One of the things that junk food does to your body is deplete your energy levels. Junk food doesn’t have the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy and energized. When your body doesn’t have these nutrients you will feel chronically fatigued and not motivated to complete your daily tasks. Additionally, junk food significantly affects your mood. Before eating you may feel fine but then immediately after your blood sugar levels will drop and you will then feel grumpy, frustrated, tired, and craving sugar. Junk food also may lead to poor cognitive performance, and forgetfulness.
Most people know junk food contains a large amount of fat and will make you gain weight. When your diet consists of a lot of junk food you are at a high risk of becoming obese. The more weight you gain, the more likely you will be to develop chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and arthritis. More than likely junk food will cause heart attack or stroke. Junk food can also cause kidney disease.
Junk food ultimately can and will damage your liver and your heart. You now know that junk food makes a big contribution to heart disease, but did you know it also leads to liver dysfunction? High levels of trans fat acids found in most junk foods and fast foods cause fatty liver deposits. Fatty liver deposits over time cause liver dysfunction and liver disease. Also high levels of sugar and simple carbs found in junk food causes type II diabetes. Eating too much sugar put your metabolism under stress, then your body has to speed up insulin production to prevent dangerous spikes in blood sugar levels. This process over time damages your bodies ability to use insulin secreted by your pancreas, in other words type II diabetes.
Fast food and junk food should make up a minimal part of a healthy diet. Junk foods are high in fat, sugar, sodium, and many chemicals. Junk foods lead to obesity in a wide range of health problems. These are just some of the many bad things that junk food does to your body.