by Lexi Petronis
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OK, so--experts aren't all in agreement as to whether or not BMI is the most perfect weight measurement (for example: someone who is 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs 149 pounds has a BMI of 24--a healthy weight, according to the BMI charts. But if that same person gains a pound, her BMI registers as "overweight," and who knows? That pound could be all muscle). So there's that.
But the researchers studied data on the number of fast-food transactions per capita from 1999 to 2008 in 25 countries, and compared them with average BMIs in the same countries over the same period. They discovered that, for every unit of increase in yearly fast-food transactions, there was an increase in average BMI of .033 points. In general, the richer the country, the more people were eating out, and the less they were walking.
And, on a personal level, other studies have found that eating one high-fat, high-calorie meal can impact your arteries and make them more sluggish.
Everything-in-moderation is a good credo, for sure--but I think it's pretty fascinating to see what even one less-than-healthy meal might do to your body.
By what do you think?