Junk Food Is Poor Fuel For The Body

April 24, 2012

By Mrs. Meyer

            Good nutrition is essential for everyone in the world, but it's especially important for our young Americans ... teenagers.  Unfortunately, many teenagers have an unbalanced diet.  If one eats fast-food regularly, they  are more likely to put on weight than if they only eat fast food occasionally.

            Approximately nine out of ten teenagers eat junk food every day.  This might consist of fizzy drinks and high calorie snacks like potato chips.  The body can't run properly on inferior fuel just like one's automobile.  Compared to home-cooked food, junk food is almost always:  higher in fat, higher in salt, higher in sugar, lower in fiber, lower in nutrients such as vitamins and minerals, and served in larger portions which means more calories.

            While a mid-life heart attack might seem too far away to be real for most teenagers, it might surprise them to know that they could already have developed health problems that will not appear until their adult life.  A poor diet can cause weight gain, high blood pressure, constipation, fatigue and concentration problems (which will affect their school work).

            Teenagers need to be reminded that eating well doesn't mean that they must be a health food freak for a good diet still allows for them to enjoy their favorite junk foods occasionally.