We’ve seen statistics that prove we are a fat nation. An appropriate question to ask at this time is why did we, that are equally as “equivalent” as everyone else, eventually be the dimension that we’re? It would be too simple to answer by stating that we ate too much. That may actually be a sign of the principal problem.
The short answer would be that the main causes of obesity need related to genetics, our living and eating environments, and our psychology. The combination of these influences has cultivated all us to become exactly who we are now. But I don’t want to venture in these topics, since we’ve probably been hearing about them for nearly a decade. Instead, let’s discuss an influence that we must take a closer look at–big business in the us.
Before fast food corporations present new products, they do a little market research. This means they will ask questions of the public, perhaps something similar to this, “If we started dipping the entire cinnamon bun in icing instead of simply icing the top, would you purchase them?” The solution might be “yes.” If enough men and women say “yes,” the company will have somebody make this product so people can try it and give their comments. If enough people like it, then a new product is born.
I feel the folks involved with the industry research did answer the questions truthfully. For instance, if I were to take a bite from a fully iced cinnamon bun, and if I had been asked if it tasted great, how can I say anything but “it is the ideal?” However, if they asked me if I would like you delivered to my home at exactly 7:00 AM every morning, I would understand that my compulsive self couldn’t endure the daily temptation. To protect myself, I would have to say, with authority, “NO, I NEVER WANT TO SEE ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE THINGS AS LONG AS I LIVE!”
Businesses are always throwing fresh foods at us. That is exactly why Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Round Table and KFC all have special items in their menus, such as hot calamari or dipping sauces for pizza strips. If the things sell well, then they should have done a great advertising job, and the thing might turn into a standard on the menu. They suggest the world try their new thing, and we eat it up. What happened to eating what we need? Is it that difficult for us to choose out something for ourselves rather than relying on the nourishment geniuses atop the corporate marketing buildings of fast food restaurants? They would sell us lard burgers if they thought we would eat them, and they may even laugh at us. Why not laugh at them instead? Choose to become healthy and dance to the beat of your own drum.
If you feel at all sorry for all these American fast food companies, let me ask you this question. Which is more comfortable to you: The McDonald’s logo, or the logo of the USDA (the government body which generated the “food pyramid”)? I rest my case.
The food pyramid has been updated. You can view the brand new (2005) food pyramid online: http://www.mypyramid.gov