www.whyville.net Mar 27, 2011 Weekly Issue

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Fast Food: How Unhealthy Is It?

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Hello, dxdxdxdx here. Today I wanted to interview some Whyvillians about fast food. I wanted to see how many people actually eat lots of it, and where the hottest places are to go for fast food. I also wanted to see who knows how bad it really is for you. Here are the answers I got from some Whyvillians.

dxdxdxdx: Do you eat fast food?

iZach: I rarely eat fast food. I try to watch what I eat.
Sellingem: Yes.
Steve6: Yep!
VickiDeze: I do on some occasions, not very often though.
Pandatapd: Yes.

dxdxdxdx: Which fast food place(s) do you like?

iZach: A&W.
Sellingem: McDonald's, Burger King, White Castle, etc . . .
Steve6: I'm a big fan of Booster Juice and Extreme Pita.
VickiDeze: I like places like Subway and Tim Horton's.
Pandatapd: McDonald's, A&W (sometimes), Subway, and Tim Horton's.

dxdxdxdx: About how many times a week do you eat fast food?

iZach: Once a month.
Sellingem: 2-3 days a week.
Steve6: Typically once a week.
VickiDeze: Usually at the most once, not every week though.
Pandatapd: Once or twice; it varies on where we are.

dxdxdxdx: Do you believe fast food is bad for you? Why or why not?

iZach: It's bad for you when you don't eat it in moderation.
Sellingem: For some yes, but some can be good for you just depends on what it is . . .
Steve6: It all depends on what you get. Of course some fast food is not healthy for you, but if you make smart choices and eat at healthy places, I think fast food can be quite nutritious and delicious!
VickiDeze: Yes for the most part I believe it is. Most of it is soaked in grease and really high in fat.
Pandatapd: Fast food is bad for you, yet the chemicals fast food companies use make it even more tasty.

dxdxdxdx: If you could do something, what would you change to make fast food places healthier?

iZach: Although some fast food places offer healthier alternatives like salads, the dressing just ruins it. To make them healthier, I think they should lower the sodium content, as well as the sugar. And they should have alternative ways of cooking things instead of deep frying most of them.
Sellingem: To make some burgers smaller or to make large foods smaller.
Steve6: Try to eliminate deep frying! Of course not all fast food places even use deep fryers, however some places do rely on deep fryers and could make their food much healthier by using other cooking methods.
VickiDeze: I'd have them serve some healthier choices or at least make what they already serve less greasy and fatty.
Pandatapd: Hmm, that's a tough one. Well for McDonald's I would use less saturated fats in the food, and offer healthier meal choices; big bulky burgers aren't doing anything for your health so you could take those off the menu and replace them with healthier food choices.

dxdxdxdx: What is one thing you like about fast food? One thing you dislike?

iZach: One thing I like about is that it's fast, and it tastes good. One thing I dislike about it, after eating it, it just makes you feel gross afterward.
Sellingem: I like the value menus. I dislike the stuff that doesn't involve tasting good.
Steve6: I love how convenient and tasty it is, but dislike how empty it leaves my wallet.
VickiDeze: I like that it's tasty, I dislike that it's bad for you.
Pandatapd: I like that it's fast. If you're in a rush, then it's prepared and ready to go instantly. I don't like that the McChicken uses some fating mayo, yet, I eat it anyway; my favorite thing when I eat there.

dxdxdxdx: If you had to stop eating fast food, could you do it?

iZach: If I had to, I think I could.
Sellingem: Yes probably.
Steve6: Yep!
VickiDeze: Yeah, I don't really depend on it that much.
Pandatapd: My life is too busy to have home-cooked meals everyday, so no, I couldn't.

It's clear that many Whyvillians do eat fast food, but it's varied on how much they eat. Some want to hold back while others eat it quite a few times a week. It looks like most Whyvillians do realize that it's really bad for you if you eat too much of it, so you should eat it in moderation. I want to give a thank you to iZach, Sellingem, Steve6, VikiDeze, and Pandatapd for their thought-filled answers, I appreciate it!

Until next time,
- dxdxdxdx


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