Fast food really lives up to its name. Because eating fast food can hurt your health really quickly.

The fact is, if you hit the drive-through for breakfast, your arteries will be suffering before lunch. That’s according to cardiology researcher Dr. Todd Anderson, who recently looked at the effects of scarfing down processed meat, cheese, and eggs on a greasy bun. 

Dr. Anderson recruited healthy college students and measured the blood flow in their arms. And he repeated the test after they’d eaten a fast food breakfast containing 900 calories and 50 grams of fat. The result: Two hours after breakfast, their circulation dropped an average of 17 percent. Granted, the measurements were taken on the smallest blood vessels - which are the easiest ones to clog. But it shows how quickly a high-calorie, high-fat diet can cause damage. And, over time, fat builds up in the larger arteries, where it can cause a heart attack or stroke.

So, the next time you get the urge for fast food and think, “What could it hurt?” The answer is, “My arteries right now - and my heart, lungs, and brain tomorrow.”