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Fast Food and Education – YouFit Fitness

It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that fast food is terrible for you. It rots your insides and puts you at risk for obesity, stroke, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and cancer; the list just goes on and on.

So why are people still eating this toxic garbage? Because they have not been educated on how to take care of their on body on a daily basis. Some even get to the point where they have become so obese and gluttonous that they may not even care about the negative effects that these foods are having on their body. The reality is, although some may say these food items taste good, which I disagree, they have nearly no nutritional value so your body will crave nutrients and get hungry within a few hours, prompting you to continue eating.

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It is a vicious cycle that can be eradicated with education. However, big industries don’t want you to know exactly how bad their products are for your body and unfortunately these industries have a lot of money, which means power over our government.

 

Politics and the Food Industry

I know this is not a political website so I will try to be brief, but it is necessary to understand how our government makes decisions to fully grasp how these companies can get away with slowly poisoning our population.

Basically, the term you MUST understand is lobbying. For those who don’t already know, the act of lobbying is an attempt to influence politicians, or public officials decisions on an issue, usually, by paying them off. This is completely legal and many companies do this today. You can of course lobby without showering money, but how effective would it be if your competition is shoveling money into politicians pockets? Already, you can probably see why some officials “flip flop” on their policies; a large sum of cash can definitely put things in a different perspective.

Okay, the government lesson is over! Now lets talk about how the food industry plays it’s role in all of this. As you know, fast food corporations are multi-million to billion dollar businesses, so they always have extra cash to throw into politicians greedy pockets to ensure that our laws, allow them to use cheap ingredients that are awful for us, and keep our population generally uneducated about nutrition.

The Food Industry and Education

Before I continue, I’m not some conspiracy theorist claiming that all big corporations and the government are evil and are trying to withhold knowledge and control the world. I AM however a realist, and if YOU had tons of money you would do what you could to keep it, and that almost anyone can be bought out with enough money. With that being said, that does not make these corporations or politicians actions excusable or ethical.

According to the Board of Education, every student must complete at least a semester or one year of health class. Now, I don’t know if you remember your high school health class or not, but it primarily covered an over view of the human anatomy which mostly focused on the human genitals. The only other topic covered, at least in MY class, was a short overview of the food pyramid.

If it were up to me and I am sure many other nutritionists would agree, the focus in “health class” should be about managing your health and nutrition. Before researching on my own, I didn’t know the difference between macro and micro nutrients, or their recommended daily doses. Not to mention, the recommended intake of fats, sodium, and sugar, all of which have dangerous effects on ones health when over-consumed. Most importantly, we are not taught that hunger means a lack of nutrients in our body, not a physically empty stomach. This is the primary reason people get hungry a couple of hours after eating fast food; it has very little nutritional value!

Whether you are concerned about your own body or not, people are profiting of our nutritional ignorance and someone is deciding it is not important enough for our children to learn. At the very least, we should all be taught at a young age how to take care of our body’s nutritional needs, so at least obesity and poor health will be more of a choice and not something one has to search for or work hard to master.

 

I hoped this helped and opened some eyes! I have not been to a fast food restaurant (garbage dump) in a few months and I feel amazing! There are plenty tasty foods that don’t rot your body.

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