1.0 Introduction1.1 Aim The aim of this report is to investigate fast food in Deakin University amongst the students as well as their health consequences. The respondents were asked how fast food outlets were affecting their day-to-day life. For people seeking to live a long life must eat and live healthy, but the contemporary world is focusing on foods that negatively affect the health and wellbeing of a person. 1.2 BackgroundTo a large extent, urbanization and globalisation have affected people eating habits and scores of people have be forced to consume high calorie and fancy fast foods, commonly referred as junk foods.
A number of studies have provided evidence of possible health hazards brought about by consumption of fast foods, but in spite of these evidences no effective measure has been taken to alleviate the situation. Besides that, junk food has resulted in various chronic diseases, especially in developed countries such as Australia. As mentioned by Thornton (2012), fast foods result in unhealthy life because of the various chronic diseases it brings about like obesity and overweight, some cancers as well as cardiovascular disease.
Poor eating habits can result in attention difficulties, constipation, high blood pressure, weight gain, and fatigue, especially amongst the teenagers. According to Victoria Police (2005), “fast foods attract drunk drivers within the Australian community. ” This was noted after the local police set up a strategy in the fast food outlets’ surrounding areas with the intention of reducing property damage and anti-social behaviour caused by drunk drivers who frequent the fast food outlets. During the operation, more than 500 people were arrested around the fast food joints in the vicinity of such premises between 23rd and 25th October 2003.
The operation results proved that scores of drunk-drivers go to fast food outlets with the intention of purchasing cigarettes and take-away food; this results to more negative effects on the health. Whereas fast food must be consumed in small quantities, young people busy lives have forced them to eat more junk foods and continue to depend on convenience as well as take away foods. In view of this, governments must introduce new measures so as to make it possible for people to select healthier foods and stop using fast food.
For this reason, this research tries to investigate fast food in Deakin University amongst the students in addition to their health consequences. This report has four sections; the first section is the introduction that provides a brief overview of the study (aim and background); the second section is the method that highlights how the research was conducted; the third section is the study results and discussion; and the last section is the conclusion providing a summary of the whole study. 2.0 Method 2.1 Secondary sourcesSecondary sources were used to discuss, describe, summarize as well as process information about fast food.
In this case, secondary sources included magazines and online articles about fast food from websites such as Deakin University, Better Health Channel, Victoria Police, and WorkSafe Victoria. The articles were helpful for understanding about fast food in Melbourne Australia. In order to develop the questionnaire, other Internet sites were searched