Over the past couple of weeks, we have been discussing issues related to overconsumption and were asked to give something up for a week.
HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
Are a few of many of the devastating effects of junk food on the human body.
Spending majority of the day at university, sitting through lectures and seminars can really work up an appetite, especially if you commute from London to Winchester on a daily basis.
OK, so my sessions for the day are over, I walk half a mile to Winchester train station, sit on the train for exactly an hour before arriving at London waterloo, I let the escalator carry me down towards the station exit and to my right? Mcdonalds.
Within a split second, I decide that once I get home, I will not have the time or the energy to stand and cook.
2 McChicken sandwiches (Burgers) and large fries. £6.97.
4 days a week.
If it’s not a burger and chips, then it’s Pizza, if its not a mighty meaty Pizza from Dominoes then its Chinese. Yep.
The aim was to give up fast food for a week, I lasted 6/7 and the days went faster than I had anticipated. The first 2 days were the hardest I was annoyed because I was hungry, tired and desperately craving a burger, so I began eating healthier homemade options again such as rice, chicken, the odd cup of water, a lot of cranberry juice and cereal.
The last 3 days went well, I started feeling a lot healthier than usual, like I could probably go much longer without fatty, greasy food.
On the 6th day after convincing myself that I wouldn’t eat fast food as often, that I was happier, healthier and saved about £35 in total, I found myself in my local chicken & chips shop.
At this point, I thought it would be a good idea to carry out some research into the effects of fast food on the body and its production on the environment.
In addition to the health issues I mentioned at the beginning, apparently, “One hamburger requires 660 gallons of water to produce – the equivalent of 2 months’ worth of showers.”
Below is a poster I put together to support what I gave up, its purpose, in all its simplicity, is to create greater awareness to the damaging effects of fast food.