Simultaneous Rise of Fast Food and Obesity
In the last thirty years, obesity and obesity related illnesses in the United State have skyrocketed. The number of overweight children between the ages of six and nineteen years old has tripled. Read: Can Junk Food Laws End Child Obesity? Overweight adults went from being half of the population to being two-thirds of the population. Over this time, the number of fast food restaurants has doubled, establishing a correlation between fast food and obesity. Read: Our Food is Killing Us.
Fast Food and Obesity Link
While a correlation between the rise in fast food and obesity does not establish cause, the link between the two demands attention. A 15-year study of the eating and recreation habits of young adults conducted by the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults suggests that fast food consumption causes health issues.
The study found that subjects who ate fast food two or more times per week gained an average of ten pounds more than subjects who ate fast food less than once per week. It was also discovered that eating fast food regularly increases the risk for type 2 diabetes.
A study conducted by the University of California at Berkeley found that children who had easy access to places where fast food is sold were at increased risk for obesity. If a fast food restaurant was within a tenth of a mile from a school, the risk for obesity among ninth graders increased by 5.2 percent.
The number of obese adults in the United States is expected to rise to 42% over the next twenty years. Read: Cause and Cure of Obesity in America. Is it then only a coincidence that we spend over one hundred billion dollars per year on fast food every year?
In good health,