It’s common for people to eat junk food because it’s everywhere. It’s the type of food that’s handy and easy to get because it’s already premade. Junk food gets along very well with people’s busy lifestyle nowadays. Junk food has now become very popular in these recent generations. As people would know, junk food isn’t good for them, and that’s why it’s recommended to either not eat much of it or not to eat any of it at all.
One of the reasons why people shouldn’t eat junk food is because it has been linked to increasing depression. The reason why people keep on eating junk food is because people crave it. As Witherly has stated, “When you eat tasty food, there are two factors that make the experience pleasurable.” Food companies are willing to spend millions of dollars to try and figure out the right taste, the right smell, and the right texture for your mouth. They try to have scientists figure out a way to make their food be made out of macronutrients, which is a blend of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. In the case of junk food, food manufacturers are looking for a perfect combination of fat, sugar, and salt that excites your brain into eating it, they want to make sure that their junk food has a combination of different sensations in the same food. Another reason why people keep on coming back for junk food is because some foods that rapidly vanish or melt in your mouth signal your brain that you aren’t eating as much as you actually are. So, people eat a lot more calories than their brain actually thinks they are.
Gaining excess body fat due to junk food isn’t a healthy way to take care of your body. According to the World Health Organization, global obesity and overweight rates have doubled since 1980. This statement clearly explains to us that more people die from eating too much, and too poorly, than from a lack of food. People aren’t burning as many calories as they once did, but junk food has been labeled as the primary culprit for obesity for people. A study was conducted at the University of New South Wales Australia where scientists tested to see how junk food would impact rats’ weight and dietary preferences. The results showed that the rats being fed with junk food weighted 10 percent more than the healthy rats. On top of that, as stated by University of New South Wales, “In other words, it appears junk food-fed rats don’t seem to realize when they’ve overindulged in a food.”