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  • 1. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.TheFast FoodDilemma
  • 2. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.It’s six o’clock and you’re heading home with thekids clamoring in the back seat for fast food.
  • 3. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.You know there’s nothing prepared at home so youthink, “What’s the harm? At this rate, we won’t eatuntil seven. Yes, I think fast food is the answer.”Fast food is never the answer.
  • 4. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.theHarm?What’s
  • 5. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.The American Psychological Association hasrecognized that there’s more to our obesity problemthan just genes or lack of exercise. Dr. Kelly Brownellbelieves the problem is a “toxic food environment”.Source: www.apa.org/monitor/dec01/fastfood.html
  • 6. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.Every street corner has an option for fast food andnone of them are healthy. Obviously, we knowthis, but the convenience outweighs a criticalconcern for our daily dietary needs being met.Source: www.apa.org/monitor/dec01/fastfood.html
  • 7. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.Toxic Food EnvironmentGenes and self control play a role in obesity anddiabetes, however, it’s Dr. Brownell’s view, that bothface a losing battle against the overabundance andavailability of bad or unhealthy food choices.
  • 8. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.Advertising ConcernsThe advertising allowedfor fast food restaurants isanother particular concern.Joe Camel was takenoff billboards due to hisobvious negative influenceon our children and yetRonald McDonald remains.Source: www.apa.org/monitor/dec01/fastfood.html
  • 9. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.Advertising ConcernsRonald McDonald and hisfriends are considered cute,so they take a starring rolein commercials broadcastwhen children are mostlikely to be watching TV.Source: www.apa.org/monitor/dec01/fastfood.html
  • 10. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.Dr. Brownell challenges us to considerthat there is no difference in the impactof Joe Camel and Ronald McDonald inwhat they’re trying to get kids to do.Advertising Concerns
  • 11. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.Western Culture of ConvenienceIt’s become too easy to give up on beinghealthy and just eat whatever we can get ourhands on the fastest.High-fat, high-sugar and high-calorie abound,serving sizes keep increasing, with no regardfor the future health problems that will arise.
  • 12. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.Trans-FatsTroubleThewith
  • 13. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.“If fast food is bad,then trans-fat is evil,”writes Guto Harri ina recent article fromthe BBC News.The Trouble with Trans-FatsSource: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/health/6100836.stm
  • 14. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.Trans-fats increase thedamaging cholesterolcontent of a meal, clogarteries and increasethe risk of heart attack.The Trouble with Trans-FatsSource: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/health/6100836.stm
  • 15. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.• Turn oily foods into semi-solid foods(Oreo cookie filling, etc.)• Extend the shelf life of products• Are put in pastries, margarine andfast foods• Have no nutritional benefitWhat is Trans-Fats?Partially hydrogenated vegetable oils:Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/health/6100836.stm
  • 16. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.The growing concern about premature death andrising obesity has made trans-fats a major target.Heart Disease Risk
  • 17. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.It’s been determined thateven a “small reduction” inthe daily consumption oftrans-fats can significantlycut the risk for heart diseaseand can help lower thelevels of “bad” cholesterol.Heart Disease RiskSource: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/health/6100836.stm
  • 18. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.This concern has been made known to all of themajor fast food chains and yet only a few havedone something about it.Making the Change
  • 19. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.Making the ChangeWendy’s quit usingcooking oil containingtrans-fats in thesummer of 2006.
  • 20. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.As of April of 2007, all Kentucky Fried Chickenrestaurants have ceased their use.Making the Change
  • 21. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.McDonalds promised to reduce trans-fats in itsproducts over four years ago but “aims to roll-out a new cooking oil” this year.Empty Promises
  • 22. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.CancerRisk
  • 23. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.The Physicians Committee for ResponsibleMedicine (PCRM) has recently filed suit againstseven major restaurants and fast food chainsin the state of California.Cancer Risk
  • 24. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.these companies are knowingly servingfood containing carcinogens without ahealth warning to the consumer.The reason for the suit…
  • 25. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.These companies include:• McDonald’s• Burger King• Chick-fil-A• Chili’s• Applebee’s• Outback Steakhouse• TGI Friday’sSource: www.healthy.net/scr/news.asp?Id=8688&actionCancer Risk
  • 26. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.PCRM commissioned anindependent laboratoryto test grilled chickenproducts from Californiaoutlets of all sevenchains.Independent Laboratory TestsSource: www.healthy.net/scr/news.asp?Id=8688&action
  • 27. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.PhIP (one of a group ofcarcinogenic compoundscalled heterocyclicamines) was found inevery grilled chickensample providedfor testing.Independent Laboratory TestsSource: www.healthy.net/scr/news.asp?Id=8688&action
  • 28. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.It should be noted thatPhIP has been on theCalifornia governor’s listof chemicals known tocause cancer for morethan a decade.Independent Laboratory TestsSource: www.healthy.net/scr/news.asp?Id=8688&action
  • 29. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.Known CarcinogenPCRM president, Neal Barnard, M.D., says,“Grilled chicken can cause cancer, andconsumers deserve to know that thissupposedly health product is actually just asbad for them as high-fat fried chicken.”Source: www.healthy.net/scr/news.asp?Id=8688&action
  • 30. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.So,WhatDo?do we
  • 31. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.“Just Say No”The only way fast foodrestaurants will startsharing our growingdesire for healthiereating choices is ifwe stop buying theirproducts.
  • 32. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.It’s time to seriouslyconsider the risk toourselves and ourchildren and weighthose risks against the“convenience” beingoffered by “fast food”.“Just Say No”
  • 33. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.It’s too easy to give in to the pressure of “thereisn’t enough time to fix a healthy meal”. Yet thefacts are clear: fast food cannot be an option.The next time you’re considering taking yourchild to the fast food place on the corner,remember the risks involved with eating toxicfoods and choose another healthy option.Toxic Food is Not an Option
  • 34. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.Healthier“Fast Food”Options
  • 35. Go to the DeliMost delicatessens nowoffer rotisserie chickensfor a reasonable price,homemade soups by thepint and bags of preparedtossed green salad andprepped veggies
  • 36. MenusPrepare a menueach week andthen stick to it
  • 37. Prep DaySunday should be“prep day”. Chopvegetables andprepare meals thatcan be frozen forfuture use
  • 38. Prepared MeatsPurchase preparedmeats (boneless,skinless chickenbreast, etc.) thatcan be defrostedthen broiled or baked
  • 39. Slow CookerThe slow cooker isgaining popularity againwith families and healthrecipes aren’t hard tofind; prep the food inthe morning and dinneris ready when you gethome from work
  • 40. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.Your Doctor of Chiropractic is dedicated to yourfamily’s overall health and wellness.Ask your Family Wellness Chiropractorfor other ideas for healthier eating.
  • 41. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.
  • 42. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.
  • 43. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.How to Contact Us…Gregson Health Chiropractic425 Winter StreetMadawaska, ME 04756P: (207) 436-1256www.GregsonHealth.comDrGregson@GregsonHealth.com