SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Fast food can be a tasty option every now and then, but doctors say you’re risking your health by making it a daily meal. And it’s not just adults- millions of children are eating fast food on a very regular basis.
According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of children in the United States eat fast food every day.
The CDC says children are getting about 12% of their daily calories from fast food. Scientists say drive-through burgers and takeout pizza are significant factors to childhood obesity.
22News wanted to know how fast food can affect children later in life, so we went to Baystate Medical Center. Clinical dietitian Rubina Husain told 22News it can become extremely dangerous to your health.
“We are seeing more incidents of type two diabetes, so these are just problems that people are getting earlier in life that can actually shorten their life span,” Husain said.
She also said since most fast food is processed, it tends to be higher in fat and sodium.
Still, not all fast food is bad for you. Many drive-thrus offer plenty of salads and other more nutritious options.