Negative Impact of Fast Foods on Children
The approach towards food has evolved over the years and the liking towards the fast food has drastically increased. Children are attracted towards burgers, pizzas and colas constantly. The love for junk food, lifestyle of people and advertising have led to an increase in the food joints. These foods have more calories than what children can burn. The consumption of junk food has long term negative effects on the health. Parents need to keep in mind all the negative effects before giving in to the child’s demands.
Obesity is one of the most common impact of constant consumption of fast food. Obesity is caused due to the accumulation of more calories in the body than it burns. Children with obesity consume more fats, more sugars, carbohydrates and more calories and consume less fiber, fewer vegetables and fruits. The increased secretion of dopamine due to constant consumption of fast food increase in the child’s demand for more junk food.
Consuming more junk food is one of the major reason for diabetes in children. Soft drinks and sodas are very high in sugar where children are unable to break down the sugar in the body. Consuming sugar in excess contributes to unhealthy weight gain. When there is excessive weight gain from consuming these high calorie sugar food products it gives rise to childhood diabetes. Such children will have type 2 diabetes and unstable blood sugar levels later on in life.
Consuming fast food constantly increases the saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium which are linked to several heart problems due to high fat and cholesterol in fast food. Children consuming more fast food may develop a risk of high blood pressure, heart diseases, high cholesterol, strokes and heart attack. It also causes increased body mass index, lower levels of good cholesterol, clogging of arteries, leading to serious damage on life.
Eating junk food constantly provides less nutrition that the child requires for a healthy development causing high cholesterol, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, prediabetes, bone and joint problems and sleep apnea. Increase in content of sugar due to junk food causes variations in a child’s blood sugar levels, making them irritable and sleepy most of the times. There are chances of risk involved for depression in children due to lack of antioxidants in their diet. If a child gets these during the childhood these physical conditions will go into the adulthood becoming a psychological and social problem in a child.
Poor Academic Performance
Consuming too much junk food gives high sugar content which decreases the energy levels and lessor concentration in children. Thus a child’s diet plays a significant role in child’s academic performance.
Lack of good nutrition
Junk food lacks in healthy fiber and vitamins. The artificial taste of junk food is addictive and replaces healthy foods. Children who consume junk food more often have nutrition deficiency.
Hence to give a child good mental and physical development parents should provide children a stomach full with a diet comprising of proteins, vitamins, healthy carbohydrates and fats, with low salt and sugar. Selecting from poultry, fish, vegetables, fruits, milk, dairy products and whole-grains to make up child’s daily diet.