Shahid Majeed Mir

While consumption of junk foods has overtaken our daily food habits, its side effects cannot be brushed aside. Doctors say that people are busy in their day to day lives and do not have time to focus on their diet plan. Everywhere in courts, offices, schools, colleges- people eat junk foods.

Junk foods are unhealthy food containing high levels of calories from fat and less in fiber. They are prepared from saturated fat which is quiet unhealthy and causes cardiovascular diseases. More and more people are facing obesity, bowl irritation, and restlessness. Obesity has become a common disease in teens and children as they more addicted to junk foods. The school and college going students mostly face stomach problems, anemia, and dizziness due to junk food which has haphazard side effects and is the main cause for weakness of brain, restlessness, insomnia and other diseases. Children who eat junk food are more irritable, less patient, and have memory loss problems.

Junk food tastes good; that is why it is mostly liked by everyone of any age group especially kids and school going children. According to a research by scientists, it has been found that junk food has negative effects on health in many ways. They are generally fried food found in the market in the packets. They become high in calories, high in cholesterol, low in healthy nutrients, high in sodium mineral, high in sugar, starch, unhealthy fat, lack of protein and lack of dietary fibers.

Processed and junk foods are the means of rapid and unhealthy weight gain and negatively impact the whole body throughout the life. It makes able a person to gain excessive weight which is called as obesity. Some of the foods like French fries, fried foods, pizza, burgers, candy, soft drinks, baked goods, ice cream, cookies, etc are the example of high-sugar and high-fat containing foods. It is found according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention that kids and children eating junk food are more prone to the type-2 diabetes. In type-2 diabetes our body becomes unable to regulate blood sugar level. Risk of getting this disease is increasing as one become more obese or overweight. It increases the risk of kidney failure.

Eating junk food daily lead us to the nutritional deficiencies in the body because it is lack of essential nutrients, vitamins, iron, minerals and dietary fibers. It increases risk of cardiovascular diseases because it is rich in saturated fat, sodium and bad cholesterol. High sodium and bad cholesterol diet increases blood pressure and overloads the heart functioning. One who like junk food develop more risk to put on extra weight and become fatter and unhealthier. Junk foods contain high level carbohydrate which spike blood sugar level and make person more lethargic, sleepy and less active and alert. Reflexes and senses of the people eating this food become dull day by day thus they live more sedentary life. Junk foods are the source of constipation and other disease like diabetes, heart ailments, clogged arteries, heart attack, strokes, etc because of being poor in nutrition.

Since children are more exposed to media through TV and smartphones, their inclination to junk food developed more because of the frequent exposure to advertisements. There should be public health campaigns to educate the people about the reality of junk foods. If steps in this regard are not taken at the earliest, it will be too late to save our children.

Shahid Majeed Mir is from Tangcheck, Lolal in north Kashmir and is a civil services aspirant.