The fast food industry has added every chemical they can legally get away with to get people addicted to their food. In fact, when you eat fast food and stop eating it, you actually have withdrawal symptoms. It’s like a drug. Not only that, the preservatives are so high in these fast food burgers these days that the product doesn’t even break down. Fast food has been linked to increases in obesity among adults and children. Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in our country, especially among children. Here are some frightening statistics to consider:
65% of American adults are overweight
30% of Americans are obese
According to the American Obesity Association, 127 million Americans are overweight, 60 million Americans are obese, and 9 million are “morbidly obese”: They weigh 100 pounds more than they should.
Over the past twenty years, the obesity rate has doubled in children and tripled in adolescents and adolescents.
As of September 2004, nine million American children between the ages of six and eighteen were obese.
A KILLER Diseases caused by obesity will kill about 400,000 Americans this year – almost as many as smoking. Americans have gotten so big their coffins must be oversized!
Related diseases caused by obesity:
high blood pressure
In 2003, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that one in three children born in America in 2000 will develop type 2 diabetes. The life of a ten-year-old child with type II diabetes is, on average, between seventeen and twenty-six years shorter than that of a healthy child. Diabetes can lead to heart attacks, strokes, blindness, kidney failure, and nerve damage in the lower legs that can lead to amputations (82,000 of these cases occur each year). Diabetes is currently the sixth leading cause of death in America.
Fast food is everywhere
The rise of the fast food industry plays a crucial role in why our country is plagued by obesity. Fast food is everywhere: in big cities, small towns, shopping malls, at the airport, at the bus station, in schools and even in hospitals!
There are 31,000 McDonald’s worldwide – almost 14,000 of them in the USA
People eat a lot of fast food
Fast food has become cheaper and easier to buy. In 2004, Americans spent $124 billion on fast food. That same year, the American Journal of Preventive Medicine published a study showing that the proportion of calories from fast food in the American diet has increased from 3 percent to 12 percent over the past twenty years.
Fast food culture was introduced to other countries around the world in the 1980s. In countries like Japan and China, people have abandoned traditional healthy diets in favor of fast food, and as a result, rates of obesity and other diseases have skyrocketed.
Fast food restaurants serve more
Not only is fast food ubiquitous, but fast food companies are encouraging consumers to eat more by offering oversized burgers, extra-large portions for fries, and buckets of soda.
Products like The Whopper, The Big Gulp, and Super Size Meals contain a tremendous amount of calories, sugar, and fat. Let’s take a closer look: The Double Gulp soda at your local 7-11 holds 64 ounces of soda — that’s half a gallon! It contains the equivalent of 48 teaspoons of sugar. A typical hamburger at a fast food restaurant weighs six ounces. In 1957 it weighed an ounce. According to a nutritionist, your average fast-food meal is more like three meals.
The average meal at McDonald’s is 1,550 calories.
Fast food is not good for us
We eat more food that is not nutritious. Most fast food meals are high in fat, high in sugar, high in calories, high in starch, high in salt, and low in fiber and nutrients. Because fast food lacks nutrients, we don’t feel full after eating. This leaves us hungry for more soon after.
Why children are at great risk
Our children are subjected to an onslaught of fast food commercials. Fast food chains spend more than $3 billion on television advertising each year. They consciously advocate for children so that they become lifelong customers. These are known as Cradle Grave advertising strategies. Researchers have found that children can often recognize a company logo like the Golden Arches before they recognize their own name.
In a year, the typical American child watches more than 40,000 television commercials. Around 20,000 of those ads are for junk food: fast food, candy, sodas, and breakfast cereals. That means your child sees a junk food commercial every five minutes while watching TV.
In addition to motivating kids to eat fast food, companies like McDonald’s are offering Happy Meals with free toys. McDonald’s gives away more than 1.5 billion toys every year. Almost one in three new toys given to American children each year comes from McDonald’s or some other fast-food restaurant.
To combat these calculated advertising strategies, educating our kids about healthy eating habits that are easy, fun, and taste great is paramount. By teaching our children how harmful fast food is and how to eat healthier, they are empowered to make the right choices.
Fast food is full of chemicals and preservatives.
Fast food doesn’t crumble. This is because it is loaded with chemicals and preservatives. There is of course the great video on YouTube called The Bionic Burger that illustrates this in a fun and informative way.
The link is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYyDXH1amic
The video is based on a true story. In 1991, this software engineer from Burlington, Vermont (he prefers to remain anonymous) was in Boston with friends for New Year’s Eve and stopped at McDonald’s on the way home. He bought a couple of cheeseburgers, ate one, and put the other in his coat pocket for later.
He forgot the burger in his pocket. A year later, he pulled his coat out of the closet, put it on, and found New Year’s cheeseburger in his pocket. It looked the same. He was absolutely blown away. He told his friends and family, but no one believed him. So he decided to create a burger museum to show everyone that these cheeseburgers and hamburgers are literally indestructible.
He started collecting burgers, one every year. By the fall of 2004 he had amassed an impressive collection:
The original ’91 McDonald’s Cheeseburger from this New Year’s Eve
’92 McDonald’s Cheeseburger and Big Mac
’93 Burger King hamburger
’94 McDonald’s hamburger
’95-’03 McDonald’s Cheeseburger
He kept them on bookshelves in his outdoor living room. These burgers look just like that. The bun, the meat, the cheese, the special sauce, the pickle, even the salad. They’ve all retained their shape and color for over a decade!
Food should break down.
Food should be the most biodegradable products. How is it possible these burgers didn’t fall apart? lapsed? get moldy?
My friends Len Foley and Rebecca Gauthier weren’t convinced. They thought maybe it was an exaggeration, or maybe it just wasn’t true. So in February 2007 they bought a hamburger at the local McDonald’s in Burbank, CA.
They put it in their outdoor garage and left it there. Once a week they would go out and “check” their burger. It would continue to look and smell exactly the same. No animals, insects or birds touched it. After a year, they began showing it in several health shows along with some of Matt’s hamburgers from his burger collection. Since then, they’ve added a Hostess Twinkie, a cupcake, and other hamburgers to their collection. As of April 2008, no changes in the composition of the food have been detected.
If you don’t believe me, try it yourself! Invest a dollar and buy a burger. (By the way, this is the only time I’ll ever tell you to do something like that!) Put it in your garage or wherever, and just let it sit there. I think it’s important to see this for yourself so that you understand at a deep level the implications of what this means. The food isn’t broken down, so it can’t be natural.
We brought the bionic burger museum to a recent health event to show how fast food is made from chemicals, preservatives, dyes and inferior ingredients. Hundreds and hundreds of people saw burgers that were between one and eleven years old. None of them had crumbled. Adults and children were shocked. When people see firsthand that fast food is not food, it has a powerful influence that can lead them to make the right choice: choosing to eat healthy, nutritious foods rather than a cornucopia of chemicals, preservatives, Grease, Grease and Salt .
This video I just described has been viewed by 1.3 million people on YouTube. It has been translated into 7 different languages and featured on 50,000 blogs. This shows that people want this information, they want to be informed, because information empowers us to make the right choices. You decide every day what you put into your body. Make the best choices and fill your body with foods that will help you, not hurt you.
When you put live food into your body, it contains enzymes that break down food naturally. The ripening process of fruit, for example, is an enzyme-driven process. And eventually, if that fruit isn’t eaten, those enzymes will cannibalize the fruit. So the fruit eats itself.
Well, these burgers don’t eat themselves. They’re here twenty years later because there are no enzymes. These burgers are so packed with preservatives that they act like a sealant, like they’re made permanently, like overglazing a painting, framing it, and hanging it on the wall. It’s not food, it’s something else. We don’t know what else that is, but I’m totally amazed that humans can survive eating it.
Now I’ve also seen the burgers that are nineteen years old, some that were fifteen, sixteen years old. It looks like we now have the technology to build the world’s first bionic burger! If you are serious about your health, I recommend AVOIDING fast food AT ALL COSTS! There are so many healthy alternatives that will not only satisfy your cravings, but also provide the vitamins and nutrients your body needs to perform at its best. Please read all about delicious superfoods, superherbs and other superior healthy foods in one of our many other feature stories http://www.thebestdayever.com.