Cause and Effect Essay Katie Guynn period 5
“I want an order of 10 grams of saturated fats, a total of 1,320 calories and a greater risk of heart disease.” When people order at a drive thru of a fast food chain, they don’t realize what they are doing to their body. The effects of fast food can be exceedingly annoying and deadly. The effects of fast food on the body are: risks of obesity, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
Obesity from fast food is caused from an abundance of refined sugars, hydrogenated fats, calories, and sodium. Scientific studies have shown that high calorie foods, rich in refined sugars and salt can reconfigure hormones; leave a body craving more unhealthy foods. Dietitian experts in London have said that “If one spends $4.50 in a fast food restaurant, one could possibly be adding 4 pounds to one’s body. And that doesn’t mean the $1.00 menu foods are healthier, it simply means you pay less for the extra weight.”
High blood pressure, HBP, from fast food is caused when the body takes in too much sodium. HBP can cause small ruptures and cracks in the walls of blood vessels. And to repair the blood vessels the body uses lipoprotein, a substance that contains cholesterol. So high blood pressure can lead to high cholesterol and that is a bonus no one wants. Just ask Ron Tucker. Ron Tucker, 42, was diagnosed with HBP and high cholesterol at 40. His blood pressure was 150/96 mmHg. The normal blood pressure is 120/80 mmHg. So Ron stopped eating fast food regularly and now has his wife make him homemade meals. Now at 42, Ron has a blood pressure of 126/83 mmHg and has lowered his cholesterol by 5 points. Ron says “I feel much healthier and improved after I stopped eating fast food.
Heart disease from fast food is caused by the trans saturated, a.k.a trans fats, in fast food. Tran’s fats will raise total cholesterol levels and deplete good HDL cholesterol. As the HDL cholesterol decreases, it also decreases the...