Guess What? Fast Food Leads to Bad Food Habits.

A new study in the Journal of Happiness Studies suggests kids and adults eating fast food, like hamburgers, fries, pizza and soda, develop poor eating habits and obesity. Researchers claim children ages 2 to 12 who regularly eat fast food have a higher risk of becoming overweight. Mothers consuming fast food were more likely to have kids who eat fast food and drink more soda, but despite these kids being overweight, they were found to be happier than kids who ate less fast food. Leading scientists recommend healthy eating campaigns also focus on reduction of happiness; via Booster Shots.

Okay, even when I was a fat load, I avoided fast food like the plague. But not everyone does. In the Mediterranean, which traditionally had a healthy diet, fast food is now invading countries like Greece and muscling out good food. This does not bode well. New research found people living in neighborhoods with a lot of fast food restaurants, ate more fast food and gained more weight.

Fast food is gross and apparently indestructible too. Burgers kept in cool, dry basement will last forever and don’t decompose, seriously! But they’re great for painting pictures, like the Mona Lisa in grease.

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Sara - April 21, 2009 10:05 PM

Kids who eat fast foods are happier? I doubt. It's no fun being obese.

Monty - April 23, 2009 3:08 PM

Fast foods may not make kids "happier", but they could be addictive. The craving for these foods may be withdrawal symptoms.

Jordan - April 24, 2009 8:42 AM

I imagine that kids ages 2-12 are far less self-conscious of their physical appearance because they aren't trying to actively attract a mate. When every kid around you is fat and being 'treated' with junk food, the skinny that abstain might actually become the focus of derision.

I'm interested how the kids happiness was measured? ;)

Geetha - July 29, 2009 4:03 PM

The fast industry has far too much power over government policy makers, an issue that has allowed this industry to pollute our schools and neighborhoods with their junk food.

We need to start valuing [the] meal!

For more information about a movement that is working to end the corporate abuse of the fast food industry please check out www.valuethemeal.org

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