Fast Food

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Its 5:30 p.m., and you are driving home from work. Youre hungry, your children are starving and you dont have a dinner plan. Fast food restaurants, with their combo meals and value meals, are on every corner and seem like the magical answer to your dilemma. But are they. Dr. Edward Hill discusses fast food in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

According to one study, 84 percent of parents reported taking their child to a fast food restaurant at least once a week. Fast food is easy, inexpensive and it tastes good, so it seems like the best option for a busy parent on the go.

The bad news: Most fast food items are high in calories, fat, sodium and sugar, which can lead to obesity and a range of attendant health problems, including diabetes, heart disease and arthritis.

Junk food doesnt contain the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy. As a result, you may feel chronically fatigued and lack the energy you need to complete daily tasks. Fast food nutrition should make up a minimal part of a healthy diet.

The good news: Many fast food restaurants now offer fruits, vegetables and lower calorie options for you to choose from. So if you occasionally take your kids out for a quick meal, be smart about it and go for the healthier items on the menu.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.