Fast food has been in the news lately. This Tuesday a Torontonian filmed our Mayor Ford entering a KFC on Jane St. near Wilson Ave and mocked him for eating there. The video was feature prominently on http://www.thestar.com. The video was rude and The Star was being TMZ like in its promotion of the video … but it did make me reflect on the prominent role that fast food plays in our lives.
A recent study looked at six major fast food chains, Burger King, Domino’s Pizza, KFC, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut and Subway, operating in 6 different countries, Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. The study found that Canada is one of the countries that serves the saltiest food, United States being the first and the worst. Research indicates that too much salt intake leads to high blood pressure, a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. If other countries can serve food with less salt, then what is wrong with our country?
I propose that our government collect studies comparing levels of blood pressure in countries and it’s correlation with Fast Food consumption. Then I propose that a tax be levied on fast food and foods with trans fats to discourage consumption. In the long term it may even help reduce health care costs … and it may motivate me to curb my own cravings of Hero Burgers (one of the few halal burger joints in the GTA).