Fast Food On The Move

Fast%20Food.jpgIslamabad is gradually seeing more food chains and more outlets to cater to the demands of residents. The capital’s residents include numerous diplomats and foreigners who love fast food.

McDonald’s is going to open more outlets in the F sectors and Blue Area while KFC is also likely to open its second branch here. Residents have welcomed such developments as many, especially students and couples enjoy the food and ambiance of these restaurants.

Earlier, residents of Islamabad had to go all the way to Rawalpindi for fun and fast food. People are generally very happy about the new outlets in the city. The outlets are providing customers with healthy entertainment such as birthday celebrations summer camps and outdoor fairs for children. Another outlet will soon be inaugurated in F-10

On the other hand proponents of healthy diet do not support the idea of children getting hooked on junk food, as it’s not considered nutritious. The main concern is that children consuming large quantities of junk food can become overweight , or are at risk of developing, metabolic syndrome, a range of symptoms including high cholesterol and large waistlines. Left untreated, it can lead to serious illnesses such as strokes and heart disease. According to recent study children as young as nine are now suffering from type-2 diabetes the main cause of which is an unhealthy diet with large portions of junk food.

Experts blame adults for setting a poor example. Ultimately it is up to parents to take greater responsibility for what their children eat.

So what do Islooites think. More fast foods or more parks, and gyms?

5 Comments so far

  1. Nosheen (unregistered) on April 11th, 2007 @ 3:46 pm

    more parks and gyms, absolutely anti fast food, rahat bakers all junk foods .i have really boycotted all .now on veges and fruits .feeling good must be the priority and one can have only with health conciousness.
    i am working on my theory for past 3 months inshahllah will continue with it.but gradully i have started finding the difference in my energy levels

  2. Asma (unregistered) on April 12th, 2007 @ 2:35 am

    We love to feed our children on happy meals and the cokes and all stuff – driving them from healthy food (when we have so much at reasonable prices available ) while in UK they are now encouraging healthy food – for kids and even for elders in McDonalds and alike places – you have choice to take milk or coke for children similarly happy meal is not about one silly burger with tasteless patty but fruits are scooped up interestingly …. OH if they’ve started it we’ll return to our roots too in a decade …!

  3. Anti-Narcissist (unregistered) on April 12th, 2007 @ 5:33 pm

    @ Nosheen

    It has to be all about you.

  4. Yoseph (unregistered) on April 12th, 2007 @ 9:47 pm

    These fast food outlets are priced so high that it is not possible for the average person to eat there on a constant basis, hence the health problem for Pakistanis is much less compared to the west. Obese Pakistanis are a rarity compared to the ones of the west. If anything these high calorie diets are whats needed to plump up some of the people who are terribly skinny!!!

    But seriously proper healthy food is better but what do you mean by “proper HEALTHY food” in Pakistan? No such thing, 95% of everything is cookd in a ton of oil and spices, not to mention the unhygenicity of it all!!

    Besides, what good are parks etc if we dont teach phsycial fitness to the population from an early age and we are country where women sit at home all day with no opportunity to move about.

  5. Sabaa (unregistered) on April 14th, 2007 @ 1:39 pm

    While fast food restaurants may not offer the healthiest options, most of us find ourselves eating fast or convenience food from time to time for one reason or another.
    But there are many restaurants that are adding healthier menu options which can be tailored to tickle the tastebuds.
    Likewise,gyms and parks may not be the solution to healthy living as opposed to fast food chains. What is required is an increase in awareness for health and fitness among people.

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