We can all see it. The truth is there is no hiding it. But why does it seem to be getting worse? The Fattening of America some call it. I simply call it a failure on all parts of the argument. The argument waged by Concerned Citizens, The Government, and the Food Industry.
Some say the responsibility lays on the consumer (us!) while other says it should be the government's responsibility to keep America slim and healthy. Although recent lawsuits have drawn much criticism from the general public, could they be pointing to an underlying problem with the Food Industry? Now, I'm not saying that Billy Jo should get $100,000 because McDonald's made him fat. I'm not saying that at all. But I am putting a little more thought into how places like McDonald's critically influence our collective girth.
What I mean can be seen by simply taking a look at any menu at most restaurants and on any price tag at your local markets. What's that? The Healthy option costs how much?!?!? Well, I think I'll have the pizza then. We've all been there. Unless we're buying, say lettuce, the healthy option is usually going to not only make us slimmer, but our wallets with feel the burn as well. The Food Industry is taking us for all we're worth, or at least they're trying to.
With all these governmental reports on the critical state of the Obesity level in America, we as consumers have become terrified into going healthy. However don't take this the wrong way. I'm not saying this coercion is necessarily wrong. What I'm saying is that the Food Industry has every reason to hike up prices for the "healthy option".
I realized something today while getting lunch at my local college eatery. I'm not sure what triggered it but something must have clicked. "Ya know something," I told myself, "I'm paying the same price for a diet soda as I do for a regular soda." Then I thought, "But wait, water is free. Why not make anything diet less money and try and promote healthy living?" It seems like when I look at the menu, the Burgers are $2.95 and the salads are how much?!?!? $5.60? Oh screw that, I'll just get a burger.
Why don't we come together and discuss our nation's health in terms of something everyone considers crucial, money. Why not promote healthy eating by way of a sort of "tax refund"? Would you continue to settle for the cheaper, unhealthier option? I know I wouldn't. Maybe that makes me cheap, maybe it doesn't. But does it matter as long as I'm healthy? I don't think so.
Be kind. This is my first opinion piece