Why The Proximity Of Fast-Food Places Matters For Your Health

Did you know that the amount of fast food we eat has a lot to do with what food joints are near us? If you live by many fast food joints, work near them and/or often pass them on your commute, then you’re much more likely to partake in it, which makes you increasingly more unhealthy and puts you at a greater risk for obesity. Check out these details.

Fast-Food Joints By Work


Research found that people who were exposed to lots of fast food places by their place of work had a significantly higher risk of eating it. And especially when those fast food joints have drive-thrus.

Fast-Food Joints By Home

People who live next to fast food joints are more than twice as likely to become obese compared to people who are least exposed to them! It looks like convenience is becoming more important for families than healthy cooking is. Unfortunately, this just doesn’t bode well for your health.


The reasons for the increase in consumption of fast food when it’s nearby is because there’s a lot of temptation. You can also be affected at work if co-workers often hit up fast food joints during lunch and you go with them, having not packed a lunch for yourself.

Resist It

To combat this, pack your own snacks and lunch so that you’re not starving and craving sugary and salty foods. Drink plenty of water throughout the day so that you’re not overly hungry and craving unhealthy foods. Nuts are a great way to keep you full as well and they are a great source of protein. If you have to go to a drive-thru for whatever reason, choose the healthiest items on the menu. Nothing overly oily or salty – like french fries. Try a wrap or a taco salad from Carl’s Jr., without the taco shell.


Remember to consult your physician or chiropractor before taking any health advice.

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