How junk food affects health


    How junk food affects health

  • 1 Junk food 'secretly' damages liver

    A junk food diet damages the liver in only a few months time even though a person may appear to be perfectly healthy on the outside. The study was done at the Open University and published in the Nutrition Research in 2007.

  • 2 Eating junk food as a child may change the body's metabolism for life

    Some people who have eaten lots of junk food as children may have changed their body's metabolism for life. Their body saves the energy it gets from food much more than the body of a person who was a skinny child. The study was done at the University of Chicago in 2008.

  • 3 Drinking soft drinks lowers IGF-1 growth protein

    Drinking soft drinks such as coke reduces IGF-1 protein in the blood. IGF-1 affects growth and has an anabolic effect. The study was published in the British Journal of Nutrition in 2009.

  • 4 A diet high in simple sugars makes people weaker

    A diet high in simple sugars reduces muscle strength. The study was done at Tohoku University in 2010.

  • 5 Sugar from soft drinks makes people fat

    Sugar from soft drinks such as high-fructose corn syrup makes people fatter. The study was done at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in 1990.

  • 6 Junk food makes people look older more quickly

    Eating junk food for most people means eventual high blood sugar, and this in turn makes a person look older. Diabetics scored the highest on perceived age from all test subjects. The study was done at Leiden University Medical Center and published in Age in 2011.

  • 7 Lots of junk food in youth makes the muscles weaker for life

    Eating mostly junk food as a child can make a person's muscles weaker during the rest of their life. The study was done at the Joslin Diabetes Center in 2011.

  • 8 Fructose from soft drinks increases the activity of stress hormone

    Most soft drinks use fructose as sugar. Fructose increases the activity of cortisol, the stress hormone, in a person's body. The study was published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry in 2012.

  • 9 Junk food is the most fattening food around

    Junk food such as crisps, potatoes and soft drinks, is the most fattening type of food a person can eat. The study was done at Harvard Medical School and published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2011.

  • 10 Junk food such as margarine makes children score lower on IQ tests

    Margarine, an unhealthy replacement for butter, contains saturated fatty acids. The more a child eats these fatty acids, the lower his IQ will be. The study was done at University of Auckland and published in Intelligence in 2009.

  • 11 Older people who eat sweets lose more muscle mass

    Older people who like eating lots of sweets and refined carbs (white flour bread, pastas and so on) lose their muscle mass faster. The study was done at Inra Research Institute and published in the Journal of Nutrition in 2015.

  • 12 Junk food makes people enjoy life less

    A psychological study was done that demonstrated how the mere sight of junk food makes people enjoy nature and music less. The study was done at the University of Toronto and published in Social Psychological and Personality Science 2014.