The statement, “fast food is killing us” probably isn’t that much of a shocker to you. But, it’s not just killing our literal physical selves, it’s killing our wallet too! And for some reason, we’re doing all this willingly!
Instead of paying $2 for a healthy meal at home, we’ll pay $10-$20 for one that will reduce our lifespan AND delay our eventual retirement! So put another way…with each fast food stop, we’re increasing our retirement age…and decreasing how long we’re going to live…thereby shortening our golden years considerably!
Do you get what I’m saying?
Here’s a quick visual to better illustrate my point. Life without fast food, and then life with it.
This is just ludicrous! Why are we doing this to ourselves??
Our Latest Experience. Fast Food Was Calling, We Didn’t Answer.
Just the other day, my wife and I were driving home from helping our friends do some demo work on their kitchen. We had our kids in tow. It was nearly 6 o’clock and we hadn’t eaten dinner yet (we usually eat just after 5pm). So naturally, our kids were nearly in tears in the back,
“We’re sooo hungry!”
“Are we home yet?”
“When are we going to eat? Can we have a snack?”
Any sane parent would have quickly popped into McDonald’s, ordered a couple kid’s meals, stopped the crying, and then driven home in bliss.
We, on the other hand, apparently like to inflict additional pain on ourselves. We did not stop for fast food.
In fact, fast food was never even a consideration. We drove home, sad kids and all, made a quick dinner (with vegetables), and surprise surprise…our kids lived to tell the tale.
We drove 30 minutes, didn’t waste money on fast food, and we kept our kids (and ourselves) a little healthier in the process..
Fast Food Is Killing Us: Our Bodies
Why is fast food bad for us? I mean, what’s so bad about a burger and some french fries? Is it really going to do that much damage for our bodies?
According to Healthline.com, eating out once in a while won’t hurt, but making a habit of it can do quite a number on your health.
And you know what? Most of us ARE making a habit of it. Based on a recent Gallup poll, 61% of Americans admit to dining out at least once per week.
What does all this eating out do to our bodies?
- Headaches – due to foods packed with sodium
- Acne – due to all those carbs
- Depression – due to processed food, and lack of fresh food
- Dental Distress – due to sugars in fast food
- Heart Disease or Stroke – from added cholesterol
- Shortness of Breath – due to added calories and weight
- High Cholesterol – from fried foods with trans-fats
- Weight Gain – fast food is often high in calories
- High Blood Pressure – from the high amounts of sodium
- Blood Sugar Spikes – due to empty carbohydrates
- Extra calories – fast food leads to nearly 200 extra calories every day
- Insulin Resistance – which leads to diabetes
- Bloating and Puffiness – Too much sodium causes your body to retain water
Soooo, fast food is going to make us feel terrible, look terrible, likely become hospitalized, and potentially lose limbs? And we’re still lining up to get more. Makes total sense…NOT!
Fast Food Effects on America
The fast food industry is growing every year. In fact, in 2021 alone, the industry is set to increase nearly 9%!
Then we have the growing obesity rates…
- In 1999, 30.5% of America’s population was considered “obese”. And 4.7% of people were “severely obese”.
- By 2018, these numbers have climbed WAY higher. Obesity percentages are now 42.4%, and severely obese people make up 9.2% of the population.
The correlation between fast food and obesity is staggering.
And what are all these added pounds doing to our health?
Increased risk of:
- high blood pressure
- high cholesterol
- heart disease
- sleep apnea
- low quality of life
- mental illness
- body pain
And will your lifespan actually be shortened because of your frequent trips to those fast food restaurants?
If you allow yourself to become severely obese, then absolutely yes!
According to Medscape…
- men with severe obesity will likely reduce their lifespan by 20 years,
- and women with severe obesity will reduce theirs by 5 years.
In other words, guys, instead of retiring when you’re 62 and enjoying life into your mid-80s, you might only get a few months. Or, at best, a few years.
Makes you think, right? Fast food is killing us. It’s time to wake up and pay attention.
I’ve heard the question often…”Is McDonald’s cheaper than eating at home?”
Many think it is…
You may think so too…but you’d be wrong.
Related: “The Cost of Eating Out (It’s Truly Insane!!)”
Is Fast Food More Expensive Than Homemade?
Based on my research…
- the cost of breakfast at home is $0.74. The cost to eat breakfast at a fast food restaurant is roughly $6.
- your cost of lunch at home is $1.70 vs. another $6 at the fast food restaurant.
- and, the cost of a full healthy dinner at home is roughly $4, still far less than a crappy burger and fries with a soda for…you guessed it, $6.
So when comparing fast food costs vs. eating at home, yes, fast food is more expensive on every occasion.
The Cost of Those Medical Bills
While it is cheaper to eat at home vs. fast food restaurants, it’s also better for your medical bills down the road!
According to a recent Medical Expenditure Panel Survey,
“…obesity raises the medical care costs of obese adults by an average of $3,429 [per year].”
So, not only are you saving $2-$5 every day by NOT eating out! You’re also saving $3,500 a year in medical bills too!
Fast Food: Just Don’t Do It
I should really start a new site with a specific step-by-step program of how to become wealthy.
Based on the eye-opening facts in this article, here are the steps:
- Don’t eat fast food
Annnd that’s it.
You only need one step!
Don’t eat fast food and you’ll save money, you’ll stay looking good, feeling good, you’ll avoid quite a few big medical bills, and you’ll live longer too!
Fast food is killing us – both physically and financially. Are you ready to cut it out of your diet?
My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.