Even the healthiest people with the most balanced diets crave junk food every once in awhile. Don’t beat yourself up about it. More often than not, junk food is delicious, addictive, and everywhere you look, especially when you’re hungry. Of course those donuts look delicious, and that double bacon cheeseburger is just screaming your name when you’re deciding where to grab lunch. But when consumed irresponsibly, the effects of junk food on the body can be seriously detrimental to your health today and your well-being in the future.
It should come as no surprise that excessive consumption of junk food is tied closely to weight gain and obesity, both of which are big problems in America. Recent statistics from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey show that “more than 2 in 3 adults are considered to be overweight or obese,” and equally frightening, “about one-third of children and adolescents ages 6 to 19 are considered to be overweight or obese.” And being overweight or obese is a really big problem when you consider the health risks of obesity. Obesity can lead to type 2 diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure, just to name a few.
A lot can contribute to an individual’s weight, including genetics, injury or physical condition and lack of physical activity. But what’s at the top of that list? Poor eating habits, namely a diet that involves a lot of junk food.