According to a study done by Boston University and Tuffs University, fast food makes up 11% of the average American’s diet. It’s also been helping with the increase in obesity, diabetes and heart disease. So, how has this happened? Well, the portion sizes have increased over the last 30 years along, with the amount of sodium that is put in these products. The portion size has increased a whopping 22%. That actually surprised me, however, I haven’t been in a fast food restaurant for at least 5 years, so I had no idea.
Since, according to this study, 33.6% of Americans eat at a fast food restaurant every day no wonder that according to research, 40% of adult Americans are obese. Not only are the foods more calorie-dense, but the increase in sodium is also problematic. Too much sodium can lead to heart disease and strokes. This is a health crisis, and so far, trying to make adults aware of the problem doesn’t seem to be getting anywhere.
It doesn’t seem as if there is a will to begin the intervention that would help in addressing this situation. The Trump administration is backing the food industry with pushing back against food labels that would warn consumers about the levels of sodium, fat and sugars in prepared foods. If you could come up with a solution to this problem of obesity and illness, what would it be? Leave your ideas in the comments below.