The phenomenon of eating fast food has become a common phenomenon among different age groups, especially among young people, and this phenomenon is not limited to the Arab world only, but the whole world. In recent times, fast food restaurants have spread greatly, and warnings have increased by specialists about the dangers of these meals and their harm to health, as eating fast food is associated with a number of serious health complications. What are the risks of eating fast food to humans?

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Smoked meat: It is meat that has been processed in industrial ways so that it is subjected to successive processes of processing with the addition of sodium, such as mortadella and sausages, and these meats increase the chance of heart disease and cancer.

Fried white meat: the process of frying fish, chicken wings, and chicken pieces in various shapes after immersing them in a layer of oats, flour or ground bread with spices and spices; This increases the attractiveness of its taste, which is harmful to the heart and arteries due to the high percentage of fats and oils resulting from the frying process.

French fries: which are usually sold in frozen bags coated with a large amount of sodium; to preserve or fry fresh potatoes; Excessive intake of it leads to an increase in blood pressure due to the presence of sodium, an increase in cholesterol in the blood, and obesity resulting from the use of oils in the frying process.

Grilled meat: It is meat that is prepared by mixing it with large amounts of fat to gain flexibility and speed of the individual. It also contains food coloring, which raises the risk of cholesterol and heart disease.

Appetizers: which are usually added to sandwiches and meals or placed next to them for dipping and consist of mayonnaise that consists of a large percentage of oils, and sauces that contain sodium, spices and spices, which are harmful to heart health, and mayonnaise and other seasonings and prepared salads increase the risk of infection by adding mayonnaise and sugar to it Diabetes, cholesterol, and clogged arteries.

Soft drinks: which are usually served as a drink added to the meal, consisting mainly of carbon dioxide, sugars and coloring matter; It damages the heart muscle and affects the bones and joints.

1. Obesity:

Obesity means having a lot of fat in the body. Fast food contains a high percentage of calories that contribute to weight gain. Even a small amount of junk food can add up to calories significantly. Over time, fast food is replacing healthy eating habits and people who regularly eat fast food are eating less fruits, vegetables, milk, etc. than healthy meals. This change in eating habits can easily lead to obesity.

2. Heart disease:

People who eat fast food four or more times a week put them at an 80% risk of dying from heart disease. Fast food creates a much higher risk of heart disease due to the high level of saturated and trans fats in many foodstuffs. These fats can clog the arteries and over time contribute to high cholesterol levels.

3. Diabetes mellitus 2:

Fast food has become an easy way for people who have a busy lifestyle and are looking for a quick and inexpensive alternative to cook it at home. Although it leads to the development of diabetes 2, it causes other life risks such as weight gain and the inability to exercise. Diabetes 2 is a development that results from frequent consumption of fast food.

4. Peptic ulcer:

Peptic ulcers are one of the most common digestive problems because they are usually acidic and therefore very painful. Doctors believe that eating spicy foods is one of the causes of peptic ulcers. Pizza is the fast food that causes peptic ulcers.

5. Lack of family gathering:

Fast food is not provided to all family members because it defines a meal for each individual and does not require me to eat a meal together in one place. You can buy fast food while walking, while driving, or while in the workplace. Thus, the meal does not enable you to feel comfortable when eating it.

6. Irregular eating:

Fast food does not help you eat healthy meals, but rather pushes you to eat it at any time or three times a day. Whereas, cooked food is served at the right time which provides the opportunity to take a rest after food

7. Waste of money:

Fast food is consumed in a large amount and thus pay more money compared to home foods that you cook yourself. People on low incomes can hardly afford the constant use of fast food because it spends a lot of budget.

8. Loss of appetite

Regular food contains an appetizer which is not found in fast food. Communicating with the use of fast food may cause loss of appetite and abnormal digestion processes, and sometimes excessive fast food leads to food poisoning. Diets do not meet all nutritional needs.

9. Lack of essential nutrients:

A balanced diet contains all the essential nutrients that are essential for building the body. While fast food does not contain these elements. This type of food contains high amounts of non-essential elements, and therefore fast food does not meet the needs of the body and sometimes causes disturbance.

10. Stress:

Fast food is rich in fat, which causes a lot of diseases related to problems of the heart, blood vessels, liver, and many others. It also increases stress level. Scientists have noticed that eating spicy meals increases your stress level and makes you more nervous. Some foods act as a strong stimulant for the body and therefore are a direct cause of stress, such as caffeine found in soft drinks, tea, coffee and saturated fats. In addition, some fast food contains artificial additives, preservatives, emulsifiers, thickeners, stabilizers and flavorings.

11. Effect on the skin and bones:

We often blame chocolate and greasy foods for acne, but it's not the real cause. Carbohydrates are responsible for this. According to the Mayo Clinic, foods high in carbohydrates increase blood sugar levels and cause acne.

A study showed that fast food makes you more susceptible to eczema and skin irritation spots, especially in children who follow a diet high in fast food. Losing the enamel of the teeth results in other health problems in the mouth. Excess sodium in fast food leads to the risk of osteoporosis.

12. Feeling bloated:

Fast food contains a high percentage of sodium, which causes the body to retain water. Which makes you feel bloated. To reduce the damage should reduce the amount of fast food. Excessive intake of salty foods also contributes to high blood pressure or an enlarged heart muscle. Excess sodium results in an increased risk of developing kidney stones, kidney disease and stomach cancer.

13. Respiratory problems:

Obesity is associated with an increase in respiratory problems without obvious medical problems.

Obesity may cause shortness of breath or labored breathing. Obesity plays a role in the development of respiratory problems, which is one of the problems that result in sleep disturbances on an ongoing basis.

14. Central nervous system problems:

A recent study in the Journal of Public Health and Nutrition indicates that eating commercial baked goods such as cakes, croissants, cakes and fast food such as pizza, burgers, and hot dogs is linked to depression. Consumption of fast food is most likely linked to the development of depression.

A diet based on fast food may affect the synapses in the brain and the molecules related to memory and learning. According to a study published in the journal Nature, the consumption of high calories and fat affects the work of memory.