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Introduction
Fat is an essential part of a healthy diet. However, much food in today’s world contains high levels of saturated, trans and unhealthy fats, which may lead to many health risks, such as heart diseases, obesity and diabetes. What is fast food?

Fast food is the term given to food that can be prepared and served very quickly. While any meal with low preparation time can be considered to be fast food, typically the term refers to food sold in a restaurant or store with low quality preparation and served to the customer in a packaged form for take- out /take away. COMMON MENU ITEMS

Common menu items at fast food outlets include chips,sandwiches, hamburgers, fried chicken, French fries, chicken nuggets, pizza, hot dogs, and ice cream. SOME POPULAR FAST FOOD CHAINS
McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, Domino’s, Hardee’s, Pizza hut, Subway, etc.. WHY FAST FOOD
Some advantages of fast foods are that they are cheap and easy (for example they don’t need to leave the car), it’s cheap, tastes good, provides safety and comfort ans it’s everywhere., Just how common is fast food in America?

there are close to 50,000 fast food chains across the United States, with McDonalds being the largest restaurant chain. Kids between the ages of 6 and 14 eat fast food 157,000,000 times every month. Ninety-six percent of kids in school could recognize an image of Ronald McDonald, the face of McDonalds. The only recognizable figure that ranked higher was Santa Claus. To top it off, Americans spend nearly $100 billion on fast food every year. 1in 8 Americans has worked for McDonalds. According to a recent survey, the McDonalds golden arches are now more recognizable around the world than the Christian cross. More facts:

More than 25% population in a state is obese.
400.000 people die per year because of obesity.
1 of 4 Americans go to a fast food restaurant daily.
More money spent in fast food than in education.
EFFECTS OF FAST FOOD
People are increasingly being warned about the ill effects of fast food and the potential damage they pose to the human health. The effects of fast food includes : • Nutritional deficiencies
• Obesity
• Increased cholestrol levels
• Cardiac problems
Increased blood pressure
Most of these quick and convenient meals contain high amount ofsodium, which increases and aggravates the risks of high bloodpressure. • Although the body requires minimum quantities of sodium, toomuch sodium contributes to high blood pressure. • Sodium can also lead to building-up of fluids in case of people whoare suffering with congestive heart failure, cirrhosis, or kidneydisease. Cholesterol

Cholesterol in meat-containingfast food is very dangerous for thehealth .• Meat contains cholesterol andhence leads to the accumulation ofbad cholesterol in the body, andhence, these cholesterol moleculescan accumulate in the arteries andlead to clogging of arteries orthickening of arteries • If the artery of the heart getsblocked, it can result in heart attackor even heart failure. Trans fats

Trans fats, which is infamous as the worst type of fat, is foundabundantly in various fast foods. • It not only increase the bad cholesterol levels, but also decrease the good cholesterol levels. Unhealthy lifestyle

Eating fast food and leading a sedentary lifestyle leads to“Obesity”. • Obesity leads to other complications like the increased risk ofcoronary diseases, in addition to the general physical discomfortposed by the extra weight • Fast food is also addictive and hence it is very difficult to giveup on their greasy and fatty foods and carbonated drinks andswitch to healthier options.. Be active: Why is it important? / Why are sports important in our life?- PAU Physical activity provides long-term health benefits for everyone! By being active, you will burn calories that you store from eating throughout the day and—it can be as easy as walking the dog or as rigorous as running a marathon. Providing opportunities for children to...