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Fast Food...Good Food?

            To put it plain and simple, fast food is, at least partially, to blame for the obesity epidemic and resultant deaths, throughout America. The convenience of making and quick and cheap drive-by at the McDonald's down the street has resulted in increased sales at all fast food joints around. The convenience and unbeatable prices make fast food meals an appealing option. News flash: this convenience and low pricing will only catch up with consumers in the form of high hospital bills due to heart attacks or other medical conditions caused by obesity, and the inability to actually get out of bed to conveniently get a fast food meal anymore! Fast food is killing the nation. Eric Schlosser, an author known for his New York Times best seller, Fast Food Nation, gives it to America straight by sharing the harsh reality with all of the fast food-eaters out there; fast food has changed the way Americans eat and is a major factor for many health concerns such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and deadly pathogens such as E. Coli bacteria, all of which could potentially lead to death. Schlosser bluntly states, "Behind them lies a simple explanation for why eating a hamburger can now make you seriously ill: There is shit in the meat" (Fast Food Nation 42). Everyone knows that a bag of Lays and a can of Coca Cola is bad and results in poor nutrition and weight gain. Well, fast food is junk food and will also lead to poor nutrition and weight gain. Fast foods cause inflammation, one of the leading causes of chronic illness. Inflammation is fueled by excess body fat, poor diet, and lack of exercise. Inflammation also may lead to plaque build-up, blocking arteries and producing heart attacks (Cool). So if too much fast food in inhaled, because a burger cannot be simply eaten but rather inhaled, inflammation occurs which in turn blocks our arteries only to find a heart attack following; it's a vicious, vicious cycle.

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