Humans are the smartest living things, so why do they do something that is bad for them? Do you want to know what that something is? It is eating junk food! Why do animals eat better things than humans? Today, we are going to talk about why people should not eat junk food. Why? Because consuming junk food can make you obese, cause depression and affect your brain. Like John Mulaney said, “You can do good work simply staying up all night and eating nothing but junk food, but probably not in the long term.”
Before we can fully know why junk food can make you obese, we have to first ask ourselves the question, “ Why do we become obese if we eat junk food?” Junk food has a very low satiety value, meaning it’s not very nutritious. So it can give you hundreds of calories without affecting your appetite. Because of that, you could keep eating it and become obese. Now secondly, let’s talk about the physical health problems it can cause. As stated by MedlinePlus, “People with obesity have a higher chance of developing these health problems: High blood glucose (sugar) or diabetes, high blood pressure (hypertension), high blood cholesterol and triglycerides (dyslipidemia, or high blood fats), heart attacks due to coronary heart disease, heart failure, and stroke, bone and joint problems, more weight putsz
pressure on the bones and joints. This can lead to osteoarthritis, a disease that causes joint pain and stiffness, stopping breathing during sleep (sleep apnea). This can cause daytime fatigue or sleepiness, poor attention, and problems at work, gallstones and liver problems, and some cancers.” Lastly, being obese can lead to mental health problems. The effects of obesity on mental health can include Anxiety, low self-esteem, eating disorders, etc. The danger of being obese can include physical and mental health problems.
Now, we are going to look at how junk food can cause depression. Several studies found that teenagers who ate a high junk food and a low plant-based diet are more likely to have depression. Because the researchers from UAB ( University of Alabama at Birmingham ) tested and analyzed urine from middle schoolers, they noticed high levels of sodium and low levels of potassium. ‘High sodium, you’ve got to think of highly processed food,’ said lead author Sylvie Mrug, chair of the psychology department at UAB. ‘This includes fast food, frozen meals, and unhealthy snacks.’ Low potassium, Mrug also said, is an indication of a diet that lacks healthy fruits and vegetables that are rich in potassium, such as beans, sweet potatoes, spinach, tomatoes, bananas, oranges, avocados, yogurt, and even salmon.