As per study, 92 per cent of heart attack patients were found to eat fast or fried food seven or more times a week whereas only eight per cent ate fast food less than 3 times a week, hence providing a substantial link between high consumption of fast food and risk of developing severe heart disease.
These were the findings of a study by Punjab Rattan Honorary cardiologist, Dr Rajneesh Kapoor who is presently working as senior director interventional cardiology at Medanta Hospital, Gurgaon.
Dr Kapoor said , the study enrolled 480 patients, all taking treatment for heart disease, with or without history of heart attack. The patients were asked to provide information through a research questionnaire.
He said further that information on food habits revealed 68 per cent of study population consuming fast food more than seven times per week, 31 per cent less than 3 times per week. Heart attack was found prevalent in 32 per cent of total patients. 92 per cent of them belonged to group consuming fast food seven or more times a week.
He says , the presence of a fast food joint in the vicinity was spotted as relevant factor linked with high consumption of outside food. Fast food joint in less than 1 km vicinity was seen in 71 per cent of subjects who consumed outside food more frequently whereas it was only in 19 per cent of subjects consuming fast food less than 3 times per week. 65 per cent people prefer eating fast food to match children’s food choice menu”
According to Dr Kapoor said the findings should serve as a warning about the public health dangers of the fast food and outside food eating trend.
Fast food is bad for being unhealthy, largely due to high amounts of fat, salt & calories contained in the processed food. Over time, consumption of these foods can lead to weight gain, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. These factors are known to increase the risk of heart disease- the leading cause of worldwide deaths, maintained Dr Kapoor.
Findings also closely link the environment in which we live and our health. The types of food available in urban & residential areas influences food choices. Thus, the regulation of the location and density of fast food restaurants should be considered, Dr Kapoor remarked.