The famous microbiologist Dr. Michael F. Jacobson coined the phrase “Junk Food” in 1972 to describe unhealthy or non-nutritious food. It contains little or zero nutritious value to the diet – too much unnecessary calories and fat which are useless and harmful to human health.
Junk food has been a part of the American society for years and now it has become an addiction for many people.
They are very convenient to purchase and consume, which is one reason that millions of busy Americans don’t think about a healthy diet or spend the time to prepare healthy meals. It is also very popular among children, and with every passing day, its addiction is increasing.
Scientists and researchers have been talking about adverse effects of junk food for decades. The harmful effects which are associated with junk food eating are generally characterized as short-term effects and long-term effects.
Short Term Impacts on Health
Though a person may eat a sufficient quantity of junk, they will still feel weakened since it contains little, if any, nutritional value.
People who eat too much junk food, which is rich in oil and fat, may not be able to concentrate on work, they may feel drowsy, and their blood circulation may decrease.
Long Term Impacts on Health
Eating “junk” is one of the primary causes of heart disease – Myocardial infarction being one example. This occurs when plaque is formed in the arteries that are connected to the heart. These arteries have to work extra hard to pump blood downstream, which in turn creates circulation problems. Heart fatigue and heart attack can also often be associated with it.
Junk diet also creates high cholesterol which affects your liver. Continuous consumption of it may completely damage your liver, or at least disturb your metabolism.
To conclude, it can be said that junk foods can be used occasionally, but using them on a regular basis is very unhealthy and harmful. They could easily destroy your health and fitness. The enticement towards junk foods is very high, especially among children. It is vital to remember that Health is Wealth.