Fast food fanatics need to watch sugar and fat

Posted on July 19, 2013 10:43 am

Nowadays, it is common to see obese brothers and sisters some as young as one several years. I know that is not news but the number of people dying as a result of poor eating habits diseases like hypertension, heart disease, cancer and diabetes is increasing at an alarming rate. While I was growing up in Melbourne in late 80s and early 90s, It was considered that older people were the only victims of those diseases, but many people in their 20s have joined the bandwagon. This morning in a local restaurant,
I witnessed a teenager who is over 130 kilos. The teen was accompanied by his father and mother and what they ordered for the boy was of no help with bacon, three sausages, fried eggs to mention but a few. Lifestyle rather than genetics determine people’s susceptibility to these diseases and despite the numerous reports and awareness campaigns most people don’t care. Majority of urban dwellers especially those living in big cities, tend to consume food and beverages without bothering to establish whether they contain high amount of sugar, salt and fat, which were the main contributory factors to lifestyle diseases.

I cannot blame consumers entirely because apart from the western world, governments across the world have failed to pin down manufacturers, especially those in the fast-food and processed-food industries, to even do the least possible favor of issuing health information labels regarding the levels of sugar, salt and fat on their products yet they spend millions of dollars branding and marketing them. In places like US, UK, Western Europe, Canada, Australia and Japan, information like the product name, ingredients, weight, company name and address, production code and date, expiry date, registration number among others are a must. As I watched the teen empty the plate this morning, I asked myself what miracle can happen for people to get into the habit of eating healthily and reading processed food labels to protect their health. My lovely mother taught me food shopping standards while I was still young and I am one of those who read the product labels before determining if they are worth my coins. I also extensively read nutritional information, which details the amount of sugar, salt and fat contained in the product and this normally helps me know how much I consume per day. Just try the same and see if there will be changes in your weight but watch the salt, sugar and fat in whatever you eat.

Contador Harrison