Friday, January 2, 2009

Let's just surround people with junk food, every moment of their lives.

We have an epidemic of obesity in the United States with 2/3 of the people here overweight or obese. It seems to be getting worse every year. I'm trying to imagine how difficult it would be for a parent who is trying their best teaching and encouraging their child how to be healthy, especially as it relates to eating. We are surrounded by advertising, sometimes we don't even realize we are targets of marketing, but children have an especially tough time figuring out that Batman doesn't really eat fast 'food', it's just an advertisement.
I see some steps in the right direction, like some grocery stores, including Wegman's, offer candy-less checkouts. Other places though, are going in the wrong direction. When I was getting my small, fuel-efficient car inspected (drive less!) I was dumbfounded to see:

Free high fat, high sugar frozen treats--and it's about to snowstorm! Does this auto dealer wish to make it difficult for parents with nagging children and others who may have a tough time with self control? Is it really necessary to succumb people to health-detracting food-like-substances at every point in their lives? I looked in the case for a healthy alternative, but alas, not even one could be found.
If we are going to reverse this awful trend of increasing occurrences of obesity, cardio-vascular disease, diabetes, kidney disease, cancer and other nutrition related life-shortening medical problems, we need to make some big changes in the way we do things in this country. Allowing corporations to continuously push Eat More Eat More messages to both adults and children just will not work.

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