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Eating Envy

Filed Under: Sexual Health at 12:02 pm | By: Susan Coyle, Senior Editor

BK StackerThe most hated people in any fast-food restaurant are the thin ones. No, not simply the thin ones, for there are some who longingly stare at others’ heaping mounds of fries and burgers as they nibble at a dry salad, but the thin ones who order two value meals with dessert and refill their soda six times without ever feeling the consequences of such consumption. They eat and eat and eat, never gaining a pound or knowing the pangs of guilt that accompany massive meals. Meanwhile, you can barely look at a French fry without seeing the affects on your thigh, and so you despise the thin eaters. And you should, for it’s not just their weight that remains less affected than yours; it’s their entire body and thus, their health.

Researchers have found that normal-weight individuals are less harmed by a high-fat, high-carb meal than the obese. After feeding a set number of each an 1,800 calorie meal consisting of a large burger, large fries, large soda and slab of apple pie, they measured the participants’ levels of oxidative and inflammatory stress. While both maintained an increase for two hours, the normal-weight consumers were back to normal after three. The obese were still experiencing a rise.

What does this teach you?

For one, it’s never a wise choice to partake in all that a greasy, fast-food establishment has to offer. And if you’re obese, it’s even less intelligent. The prolonged increase of oxidative stress and inflammation will significantly heighten your risk of heart attack or stroke. If you want a meal with excessive amounts of a certain substance, try a high-fiber dish. Overload your body with fruits and vegetables rather than fats and sodium. Revel in the juice of an apple and the crunch of carrot. Leave the fast food for the seemingly unaffected, and take comfort in knowing that sooner or later, their metabolism has to catch up to them. 

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