The Shocking Truth About Teen Diets

Megan Lynn Mullins, Feature writer

The issue of humans consuming an alarming amount of fast food has been an ongoing  battle in many countries worldwide. But in a recent BBC National Good Food Survey it was found that the true battle of fastfood was in the teen age group ranging from sixteen to twenty the study of more than 5000 people found that 1 in 6 from the teen age group ate fast food more than twice a day. Allison Ruhe Junior at MCHS said “I eat fast food 4 times a week on average and I do not see a problem with my eating habits.”

There are a number of reasons why this new generation of teens feels that it is healthy and okay for their developing bodies to consume such a drastic amount of trans fats and artery clogging foods. One large reason is the social media influence, social media is used to advertise these foods as fast, easy and delicious. The faces of social media also have a large impact on the foods that teens decide to purchase 43% of teens claimed that they were influenced by youtube when deciding what they would consume that day. One other very large reason for the consumption of so much fast food is the habit of skipping meals, more than a quarter who took the survey said they always or almost always skipped eating breakfast and in turn lost out on the nutritional value. These same people were more than likely to turn to fast food later in the day to feed their hunger. BBC news source Sarah Tulle, head of health information at World Cancer Research Fund said “It’s frightening that people, especially younger generations, are eating so much junk food loaded with fat, sugar and salt, but offers little nutritional value.Especially high in calories, junk food leads to unhealthy weight gain – which in turn increases the risk of 11 cancers later in life.It’s also worrying that people don’t know they’re eating a dangerous amount of red meat,” she added. Having junk food splashed across our television screens before the 9pm watershed only helps feed the unhealthy food environment we live in – especially in the eyes of children.

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