They decided to replace the food pyramid yesterday. I’m happy they chose a plate. I like pyramids well enough, but I never associated them with food. I only remembered that grains were at the bottom and sweets and fats were at the top. Everythings else was just a jumble.
Q: Fast food chains, despite the myriad problems documented by the author, have an undeniable appeal-they are convenient and offer inexpensive and tasty food. Even if you are disturbed by the practices of these corporations, could you realistically swear off your food, given its ubiquity and mainstream appeal? If you are driving home from work, tired and hungry, and your two choices are a familiar fast food restaurant or an unknown Mom-and-pop, which would you choose? What kinds of implications does this choice have?
My answer: It’s really important to remember that everyone is on their own food journey. Just 18 months ago I thought eating school lunch every day was fine. Looking back I think that I was either nuts or naive(definitely both!). My relationship with food as it currently stands would never allow me to do that again.
Are you driving home from work tired and hungry? I’m not, but I also pack a decent lunch and snacks for my car (and I carry gum in my purse too). Anyway, I think most people chose fast food in that situation. Many things that bother me about the choice of fast food, but one is that the money doesn’t stay in the community, but is wired directly to the corporation’s headquarters. If you buy from a local Mom and Pop, your money usually stays in your community.
Q: Since few people would confuse fast food with health food, who bears the greater responsibility for the alarming rate of obesity in children in the United States: the fast food chains that market “supersize” meals to children, or parents who are not educating their children about the benefits of a balanced diet? Can well-intentioned parents maintain control over the eating habits of their children in an era when school districts are contracting to bring fast food into the school cafeteria?
My answer: This is a loaded question, but an important one. Parents make the decisions for their children. But many parents don’t recognize marketing as what it is: an illusion to get you to buy something. And to answer the last question: that’s why we need school lunch reform.
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