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The fast food dillema

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Fast food has long been a sore subject with dieticians and doctors. Many of them will warn you that it is a very unhealthy eating habit if our diet consists of fast food all the time. But in this instance, the fast food they were referring to are mainly such as KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) or McDonald. What most people don’t know is that nasi lemak, the tarik, roti canai can be considered fast food too.

The problem then arises, what is fast food? How do you define fast food? Do you actually name the fast food stores? Who is going to defend the multitude of law suits that will follow if you name them and say that their food is unhealthy and prescribe how they run their business. Who is to say that the nasi lemak that you buy in the morning is a healthier meal??? Who is to say all those hawker food that we eat all the time is any healthier? All these are very hard questions to answer. I think maybe the answer is in education. To educate the young and ourselves on what makes a healthy diet. But the biggest hurdle is still in our everyday lifestyle. We leave home early in the morning and come home late in the evening and very common both parents have to work to earn a living and the fast foods stores are so very convenient. So what do we do? What can we do?

Malaysian government wants to ban fast food advertisement with the reason that the advertisement is influencing young generation eating habits making some of them chubby.

In a KFC advertisement, it shows that the company is trying to put forward a healthy meal in order to comply with Malaysian government’s call for healthy meal for young people.

However, from the look of the advertisement there is much to improve. Two pieces of chicken would be a big “No” to many as fried food are ‘fatty’ to them. What about the soft drinks offered in the outlet loaded with high sugar (calories)?

Rice and coleslaw may help to balance the meal but they don’t remove the risk-factors that come with soft drinks and fried food. Perhaps no sugar drinks should be offered and less fat chicken (kampong chicken and etc.) chosen and cooked in other ways instead of frying in oil? Kenny Rogers is good because the chickens are roasted instead of fried, but they are more expensive than KFC or McDonalds.

We have to do something because of the increasing number of Malaysians with chronic lifestyle-related diseases. Among the 26 million citizens, one in three aged 30 and above is said to suffer from high-blood pressure, while one in four is overweight or obese.


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