My addiction to fast foods

I am in my fifties and love fast foods such as meat pies, sausage rolls, fried chicken among others but I am told that these food items are injurious to my health. I want to know if this is true and why is it so?

Mary (by SMS)

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Most fastfood, including drinks and sides such as fried pies, pastries, pizza, cookies and fried chicken are loaded with carbohydrates with little to no fiber. Many fast-food meals have added sugar. Not only does that mean extra calories, but also little nutrition. The combination of fat, sugar, and lots of sodium (salt) can make fastfood tastier to some people. But diets high in sodium can lead to water retention, which is why you may feel puffy, bloated, or swollen after eating fast food. A diet high in sodium is also dangerous for people with blood pressure conditions. Sodium can elevate blood pressure and put stress on your heart and cardiovascular system. Excess calories from fast-food meals can cause weight gain. This may lead to obesity. In addition, people who eat fast food and processed pastries are 51 per cent more li kely to develop depression than people who don’t eat those foods or eat very few of them. Children and adolescents who eat fast food at least three times a week are also more likely to develop eczema, according to one study. Eczema is a skin condition that causes irritated patches of inflamed, itchy skin.

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