Never heard of National Junk Food Day? Neither had I until just a few minutes ago. Nobody really knows how the day got started or who is behind the idea (Willy Wonka or Ronald McDonald, perhaps?).
I guess the idea of the pseudo-holiday is to indulge in junk food. But do we really need a special day devoted to something that we as a nation do every day?
A 2003 study found that nearly a third of the calories Americans consume are junk food — sweets, salty snacks, soft drinks and alcohol. And I’m guessing the situation has only gotten worse since then. We clearly don’t need any reasons to eat more junk food.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, about two-thirds of all Americans over age 20 are overweight, and about one-third are obese; children are following fast, with more than 10 percent overweight.
In honor of the day, here are some amazing junk food facts courtesy of Huffington Post:
- The average American eats about 24.5 pounds of candy per year. No wonder we’re so overweight.
- The most popular ice cream flavors are vanilla, chocolate, butter pecan, strawberry and chocolate chip mint. My personal fave is mint chip.
- More than 90% of households in the U.S. consume ice cream. What about the other 10%?
- There are 12,804 McDonald’s restaurants in the U.S. alone.
I hate to be a party pooper, but why not celebrate the occasion by making you and your family a healthy and delicious family dinner you can all enjoy? And if you really want to indulge, enjoy some real ice cream for dessert or even better, a homemade treat.
What are your favorite indulgences? Don’t worry: we promise not to judge.