Eating a diet full of processed junk food is inevitably asking for some health issues. Refined sugars, blanched carbohydrates, bad fats like hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, and chemical ingredients such as BHT are common additives in most of the foods that millions of Americans consume on a daily basis. Unless one is persistently conscientious about what they are putting into their bodies and research food ingredients and constantly read food labels, there is a great chance that they are ingesting unhealthy processed foods.
An array of health problems can occur from eating junk foods, such as hypertension, type-2 diabetes, and high cholesterol. One growing issue that many Americans probably overlook as being caused by a junk food diet, though, is infertility.
A recent study published in the Journal Human Reproduction shows a connection between low sperm counts and a high-fat junk food diet. “In this preliminary cross-sectional study, high intake of saturated fats was negatively related to sperm concentration whereas higher intake of omega-3 fats was positively related to sperm morphology,” details the study.
Researchers asked 99 men questions about their eating habits while examined their sperm. Those men who displayed the most intakes of unhealthy fats had about a 43% lower count of sperm and 38% lower sperm concentration than those men who consumed less unhealthy fats and ate healthier fats such as Omega-3s. The men who ate more Omega-3s also interestingly showed “sperm with a more normal structure” than the men with the high unhealthy fat consumption.
Other studies in the past have shown similar results, only adding more reasoning behind why eating a diet full of processed junk food negatively impacts health.
In a press conference opposite the White House, NRA spokesperson Wayne LaPierre told gathered reporters that his organisation cared deeply about the children of his country, and would not rest until every single one of them had easy access to a terrible diet.
Speaking in sombre tones, he said, “We are at crisis point, and the only way to stop our children being negatively affected by junk food, is to make sure they are surrounded by even more junk food.”
“If you really think about it, no-one would be able to call a child ‘fat’ if everyone had a BMI well into the 50s.”
“Childhood obesity is only an issue because so few children have good access to junk food.”
LaPierre went on, “The liberal left will tell you that removing crappy foods from the equation would solve this crisis, but to that I would say ‘nay’.”
“It is a constitutional and God-given right of every american to have access to burgers the size of your head. We just need to even up the playing field – by filling it completely with fat kids.”
“So I call on congress today to ensure that every school in our great nation has easy access to cheap, poorly prepared fatty food with a low nutrient value.”
“Then one day soon we can forget about which of our children is ‘fat’, as they’ll all be exactly the same. Like true, free Americans.”
The publication of a six-year study from the UK Drug Policy Commission (UKDPC) today reveals that the £3bn spent annually tackling drugs is not evidence-based and calls for a “wholesale review” of existing laws.
Its report, “A Fresh Approach to Drugs”, examined the effects of drug policy and makes recommendations ahead of the UKDPC being wound up this autumn. The report recommended recategorising the possession of small amounts of drugs for personal use as a civil and not criminal offence.
It said there was an argument for amending the laws relating to growing cannabis for personal use which might “go some way to undermining the commercialisation of production”.
In England and Wales 160,000 people are given cannabis warnings each year. The National Treatment Agency for Substance Abuse says 2.8 million people in England use drugs, but only 300,000 use heroin and crack cocaine which “cause the most problems”.
The UKDPC report said there are “some moderately selfish or risky behaviours that free societies accept will occur” and seek to limit but not prevent entirely, such as “gambling or eating junk food”.