Although many individuals report having difficulty finding time to exercise, get enough sleep, or get all of their work done in a single day, there’s one thing we’re having no trouble doing: eating junk food and eating a lot of it.
In the United States alone, there are over 232,000 fast food restaurants — that’s more than double the number of public schools — and countless other opportunities to add hundreds or thousands of wasted calories to our diet every day.
The result? We’re getting bigger. We’re getting unhealthier, too. Heart disease and cancer rates continue to climb, an estimated 9.3 percent of the population is living with diabetes, and still, our eating habits continue to get worse and worse as our portions grow in size.
If it were simply a matter of having the necessary information to make good choices, plenty of us would have stopped grabbing chips with our lunch or saying yes when we’re asked, “Would you like fries with that?” Our desire to eat food we know is bad for us is, in many cases, even stronger than our willpower; researchers at the Scripps Research Institute suggest that junk food has a similar effect to cocaine on our brains, giving us a major surge or pleasure that leaves us wanting more.
Instead of beating yourself up over bad choices, today’s the day to start making better ones. Rather than making that pit stop for ice cream on the way home, say so long to that sugar craving with the 45 Healthy Ways to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth. Instead of telling yourself that tomorrow’s going to be different, discover the 42 Ways to Fight Your Junk Food Cravings Today!