Parents always keep a positive attitude towards the food habit of their children and they want their children to grow up energetic and strong. Therefore, people have a tendency to give more junk foods and other processed food items for their children. Junk foods are easily available foods and very high in carbohydrates and this promotes excessive fat. Excessive use of junk foods and processed foods in day to day life paved the way for serious health problems among the children. Increasing rate of obesity, lower IQ, excessive use of artificial flavors, and the increasing rate of heart diseases, excessive blood pressure, and diabetes and cholesterol variations among the children give warning about the dangers of junk foods and it underlines the fact that junk foods have an effect on natural growth of children and it creates barriers in development process.
Excessive use of junk foods affect the development process and some studies endow with evidence that a considerable rate of difference in IQ level between children who practiced fast foods and children consumed vegetables and fruits. Jenny Hope rightly remarks; “Children who eat more chips, crisps, biscuits, and pizza before the age of three have a lower IQ five years later, a study showed” (Hope, 2011). Young children who followed junk foods forced to accept more fat in their body and they get few vitamins and nutrients. Consequently, their brain never develops to an optimum level. Children having lower IQ levels show poor academic performance in their learning activities. Sooner or later, they feel practical problems in acquiring various skills like critical thinking, problem-solving, decision making, listening, speaking, reading and writing.
In the case of physical health, junk foods put in severe health problems such as obesity, depression, diabetes, and heart diseases. Generally, fast foods contain an excessive amount of artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, and other chemicals. All the above-mentioned chemicals are not useful for the human body. In addition, a child’s body is not capable to handle these chemicals. Development in scientific technology provides new facilities for cooking and these technological changes often forced people to create a new food habit. “These innovations contributed to a shift away from home-cooked meals toward processed food, thus increasing obesity” (Paxon, 2006, p.71). Healthcare officials and doctors have forced to practice an improved diet by consuming fresh fruits, vegetables, and grains. Obesity and related overweight problems create critical health problems in a child’s life. It negatively affects a child’s academic performance as well as physical growth. A recent study reports that approximately 30 percent of North American children are obese. The report also mentions that “In general, children eat too much, and much of what they eat is unhealthy” (Health in Motion, 2008). Unlike North American children, immigrant children consume few processed foods and eat more fresh foods and vegetables. As a result, immigrant children always keep better performance in their health than other children. Another significant problem is that junk foods have been connected to cholesterol and it paves the way for high blood pressure because of excessive sodium content. High blood pressure increases the possibility of heart strokes and related heart diseases. The overwhelming use of processed foods creates barriers in the process of digestion and the human body always forced to spend maximum energy for digestion.
Discussions about the value of junk foods have acquired serious attention among the doctors as well as in media. Consumers are not aware of the quality of these processed foods and often used worst items. Producers of fast foods used a high amount of sugar content which gives unusual fat in the human body. The online article entitled; Eating Junk Food Dangers states that “Since there are so many types of junk food, the ban would target certain foods with poor nutritional value” (Unhealthyfood.net, n.d.). Previous studies and healthcare officials have identified that excessive fat always keeps low nutritional status. At present, junk foods habit became a serious public-interest health threat to the society along with smoking, alcoholism, substance abuse and inactivity. Therefore, it is essential to prevent or control the use of processed foods in daily meals. Doctors demand an improved diet by using fruits and vegetables.
To conclude, it is evident that junk foods habit among the children generates critical health problems like child obesity, high rate of heart strokes and related problems, diabetes, defective mental and physical development. Sufficient awareness is essential for parents to be aware of the dangers of junk foods. Processed foods always keep a large amount of sugar and carbohydrates. Children with fast food habit often give you an idea about their inability to perform desirable IQ level. Poor performance in quality and quantity is considered as another important thing that forces people to give up junk food habits. Above all, the use of processed food promotes cultural changes that affect society and lifestyle. Thus, it is essential that people should keep away from providing junk foods for their children to keep them healthy and energetic.
Health in Motion. (2008). The Dangers of Fast Food. WordPress.
Hope J. (2011). The danger of a junk food diet for children: Study reveals toddlers who eat more chips, crisps, biscuits, and pizza have lower IQ. Mailonline. Retrieved 3, Oct, from
Paxon, C. (2006). Childhood Obesity: The Future of Children, Spring 2006. Illustrated edn. Brookings Institution Press.
Unhealthyfood.net (n.d.). Eating Junk Food Dangers. Unhealthyfood.net.