In today’s fast-moving world, people have less and less time to spend eating, let alone cooking. It is probably for this reason that junk food has become so popular, and there’s no doubt that it’s here to stay. In fact, it seems that you simply can’t get away from it. One British hotel group recently announced that its guests are able to order fast food through room service, a move which is seen by many as signifying a new era in the couch potato lifestyle. So what exactly is junk food?
Obviously, a diet of junk food is not the best thing for your health, particularly as it is high in saturated fat. In 1993,the Journal of the National Cancer Institute reported this type of fat to be associated with a greated risk of cancer.
The best advise, for those who cannot live without their hamburgers or chocolate bars, is to limit the amount of junk food they eat. A little now and then will probably do no harm. But why have our eating habits changed?”It’s
lack of time and loss of tradition”,says one expert.
Another alarming thing about people’s lifestyle today is that while the amount of junk food we eat has increased, the amount of exercise we do has actually decreased. Exercise plays an important part in keeping the body fit and healthy;it helps to control our weight and, if taken regularly, can also decrease our chances of having a heart attack in later life.
Even though people nowdays are actually far more aware of the importance of exercise and a healthy diet than they werw a few years ago, the new unhealthy way of life is surprisingly popular. This is illustrated by statistics gathered by researchers over the past two decades.
Researchers suggest that the new generation will be much more likely to suffer from heart and liver disease. What can’t be emphasised enough is the fact that a balanced diet and regular exercise bring significant health benefits.
Ironically, if they were to make time to exercise and improve their eating habits, they would probably find that they were far better equipped to deal with their stressful lifestyles than they are now.