JUNK FOOD, Why should we avoid?

JUNK FOOD, Why should we avoid?

According to Oxford dictionary, junk food can be described as food which has low nutritional value, usually in the form of packaged snacks or no preparation1. For example: salty and oily snacks, burgers, sausage and also candy. 


Example of junk food.

Regular consumption can have adverse effects on your health and can be explain in below:

Loss of Memory and Learning Problem


According to American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people who ate junk food achieved poorly in cognitive test2. Besides, junk food can deteriorate your memory and weaker your brain function2. A sudden inflammation in the hippocampus in the brain which is responsible for memory and recognition can be caused by eating a lot of junk food and lead to amnesia (inability to learn and recall new information)3.



By eating junk food can lead to amnesia; inability to learn and recall new information.

Increase of Obesity

Junk food contains a lot of sugar, calories and also fats which can lead to weight gain and obesity1. In fact, many diseases and medical issues like cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, and also blood pressure can be caused by obesity (can be shown in Picture 1.3 below) 2.

  Example of junk food which contain can lead to obesity


Self-esteem and depression


Besides, child’s physical development can be affected by eating junk food including unhealthy weight gain, which can result in self-esteem problems. Low self-esteem will lead to depression 4. By consuming too much of sugar and fats, the body loses essential nutrients and amino acids sugar that cause certain chemical reactions in the brain loss its function.  These symptoms will lead to inability of brain to handle with stress and cause you feeling depression3.

Depression is physical illness that can be caused by low self-esteem.




  1. Icilombard (n.d). 5 Harmful Effects of Junk Food. https://www.icicilombard.com/insurance-information/health-insurance-info/article/5-harmful-effects-of-junk-food
  2. Icilombard (n.d). Harmful Effects of Junk Food. https://www.icicilombard.com/insurance-information/health-insurance-info/article/5-harmful-effects-of-junk-food
  3. Jamesclear (n.d). Science of Junk Food. https://jamesclear.com/junk-food-science
  4. Healthy eating (n.d). Junk Food affect children. https://healthyeating.sfgate.com/junk-food-affects-children-5985.html