Although junk food tastes good and is easy to get, the long term health effects outweighs the short term pleasures of eating it. (Bhawani, 2010) Because it’s one of the leading causes of obesity, diabetes, cancer and heart disease in America, I will talk about why people eat it, long term effects and how to improve your bad eating habits. (Kemp, Paul, Segal, 2010) People are surrounded by junk food, it is available everywhere. You can walk out your front door and within a few hundred steps of your front door you can get a candy bar, sugary drink or a burger. The junk food industries keep these foods very visible and easily accessible to everyone.
Some popular and well known junk foods that we teenagers love are: Chewing gum (if not sugar free), any candy related to chocolate, cookies, potato chips, Drink lots of sodas including energy drinks, and eating at any fast food restaurants that are close by. When it comes to junk foods and drinks, learning how to control yourself is hard, but important at the same time. Nutritious meals are often being missed and replaced with these foods that are high in sugar and high in fat. Controlling what you eat is very important. When making your own food choices, junk food can have an effect on your appearance.
The accessibility of fast food in schools encourages students to eat unhealthy, which is detrimental to their health. For example, students are always buying foods such as fries and burgers; they are not realizing how bad this food is to their health and body. When students are severely overweight or obese, they may get diseases in the future such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and cardio-vascular disease. Fast food is one of the factors leading to these dreadful diseases. A fast food meal may contain 900-1600 calories, which is almost half of the calories most people need each day.