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Cheese dripping pizzas, wholesome chin dripping juicy burgers and those piping hot crispy French fries…. these illusions drive us to distraction. But hold on- think, analyse and make an informed choice before you give in. Fast food has brought an easy solution to our fast-paced lives. It is inexpensive, convenient and tastes good but is made from cheaper, unhealthy ingredients rich in sodium and sugars and fats.
Eating too much of it leads to irreversible obesity and lifestyle diseases. Its popularity today is like an epidemic on the rise. In fact, now many governments are intervening and expressing concern about the impact of fast food. The UK was among the first countries to put a statutory ban on television advertisements of such foods. Promoting junk food by powerful commercial advertisements and media is giving it an all-round acceptance. Role models, movie stars, sports icons with huge fan followings are endorsing fast foods and aerated drinks, which impact the young mind. As a social responsibility, if these icons are seen eating healthier options, I’m sure they will be followed with the same fervour and enthusiasm. Imposing of ‘sin tax’ on unhealthy fast food, promoting the idea of traditional food, making fast food less accessible are some of the ways we can tackle this issue. Fast food doesn’t always mean ‘junk food’. Some fast food joints do provide healthy alternatives and a little bit of research into the restaurant’s website on nutrient values can provide information to make better decisions. An occasional indulgence of fast food won’t hurt but regularly swinging into the drive thru of your favourite fast food restaurant can definitely have serious implications on your health. Devise and customise your own ‘Stay Healthy Mantra’ and follow it religiously.