The fast food industry in the United States is having a detrimental effect on the population. In 1970, Americans spent $ 6 billion on fast food. In 2001, they spent $110 billion (Schlosser, 4). The dangers of fast food have been documented but the industry is still running strong. Currently, McDonalds is the best known brand in the world (Schlosser, 4). The dangers of fast food are a leading cause to the obesity epidemic that plagues this country.

Cheap, low quality, and un-nutritious, fast food is a lot of calories for very little money. However, the poor are faced with increased diabetes, heart disease, and cancers that are associated with eating a poor diet. Those that continue to eat fast food on a regular basis will no doubt be facing health problems later on in their lives.

Fast Food Increases Obesity, Diabetes Risk Researchers have shown a correlation between fast food, weight gain, and insulin resistance in what appears to be the first long-term study on this subject. Reported that fast food increases the risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes. People who eat fast food two or more times a week gained around 10 more pounds and had twice as great increase in insulin resistance in the 15-year period than participants who consumed fast food less than once per week.
Hidden Health Dangers: The Fast Food Lie Fast food is everywhere, at highway rest stops, airports, inside stores and even hospital cafeterias. But what is the real cost of eating all fast food? Take a look at the nutritional information for the food ordered. Just by the reading. Consider a basic medium meal at Burger King consisting of a Whopper with cheese.french fires and a vanilla shake. In that one meal in only are 87 grams of fat and 1,480 calorie