We are what we eat.Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev, has already pointed out a rapid shift in dietary ( food habits) of Indians. Everyone of us know that fast foods, junk foods,deep fried foods, aerated drinks are not good for health. But, how many of us actually abstain from it consciously. From kids to oldies in 80’s, none ever miss a chance to stuff these appeasing fast foods.
A video documentary released as early as in 2004, titled, “SuperSize Me’ by Morgan Spurlock, surely needs a mention here. It featured the effects of fast food on human body. Spurlock dined at McDonald’s restaurants three times per day, eating every item on the chain’s menu. Spurlock consumed an average of 5,000 kcal per day during the experiment. As a result, the then-32-year-old Spurlock gained 11.1 kg, a 13% body mass increase, a cholesterol level of 230, and experienced mood swings, sexual dysfunction, and fat accumulation in his liver. It took Spurlock fourteen months to lose the weight gained from his experiment using avegan diet supervised by his future wife, a chef who specializes in gourmet vegan dishes. Yet, it’s just a demo to prove immediate consequences may be much more worse.
Fast foods are major cause of obesity, which is root cause of various other diseases.The high sodium content in these foods can cause blood pressure.These foods contain artery clogging trans saturated & hydrogenated fats that can cause stroke, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Low fiber content in such foods can cause chronic constipation and digestive problems. They even lack in vital nutrients needed for the human body. This aspect becomes crucial for children who mosltly munch fast foods, compromising with immune system of their body. As a result ,they become prone to fall ill and suffer from cough and cold. Heaps of fast food is guzzled down with gallons of sugar rich aerated soft drinks. Little do we know that they deplete the calcium stores of our body and end up storing empty calories as body fat. Worst of all, they reconfigure body hormone, means they are “addictive’. We are hooked up, inspite of knowing, it’s unhealthy.
Many global fast food chains have flooded the Indian market following the advent of Mc Donalds in 1996. KFC, Dominos,PizzaHut,Subway and many others targeted India,it being 2nd most populous country in the world and due to ease of availabilty of the raw materials. Sprawling accross urbs, suburbs, cities and towns rapidly, it has reached a stage with around 40% growth rate in India. With the west already crumbled with Hypertension, Diabetes, heart diseases, this fast food culture is clear indicator of where we would land up in a few years from now. Infact, the signs are already ominous.
It is not just about the awareness ,Seriousness is the need of the hour. Ideally speaking, fast food should be completly avoided. But, that won’t be a Pleaseville situation. The best way as to start now , is to reduce the frequency of the fast food intake and to add more of home cooked food plus plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables to diet. And take advantage of our rich Indian Food Culture.
Lets us all take a pledge today (The World Diabetes Day, 14th November,2011) that we would edify our food habits and abstain from fast food and junk atleast once a week !
Written By – Shubham Anand
Its NOW or NEVER!!