But the FOOD made me do it!

19 Aug

So we sat and watched Dateline NBC’s little show on fast food, and how the evil empire is making us fat and lazy and apparently, stupid.

My my, for a society made up of people who demand to use their free will and rights fairly frequently, it seems that eating doesn’t fall under thos ecategories, but instead is controlled by evil marketing representatives chuckling behind shelves, waiting for your children.

What a bunch of crap.

Now, I’ve had the fat tax argument before, and had not a few people start yelling “what would the poor people eat?” Which to me, is rather insulting to people who don’t have a lot of money. It was like saying “gee, they don’t know any better, and it’s all they can afford…”

Since apparently, a pot of spaghetti and sauce is super pricey these days. Last time I ate at McDick’s, it wasn’t much under 20.00 for me and my two kids, who don’t even eat that much. So I find the entire “poor people only eat junk food argument” a non-issue. I’ve known people with not a ton of money, and they NEVER ate out. They couldn’t afford it.

BUT, in the interests of not having that argument again, let me just say that I ALSO firmly believe that governments should help subsidize REAL food in order to level the playing field, and make this food more attractive. Mandatory classes on nutrition and cooking in school. No advertising for crap food, period, unless after hours. No more cartoon characters for the under 5 set on anything that doesn’t remember where it came from.

But I digress. Let’s just say that I believe I SHOULD be taxed on food or drink or smoke that is bad for me, period. I can eat it all I want, just like I can smoke. BUT, I pay for that priviledge.

What really got my goat with this show, as I felt superior eating my chicken breast and salad, was watching obese teenagers talk about how it really wasn’t their fault, and they don’t know what their parents are to do.

Hmmmm, let’s think about that, shall we?

Perhaps turn off the freaking TV, kick your lard ass outside, and stop buying so much crap. And stop giving you money to eat McDonalds twice a day each school day (my gods the thought of that is making my colon twitch) Oh, the kids have jobs? Then hopefully you raised them to view this crap as a treat.

I’m in the process of remaking my own eating habits, which went to shit after my mother died. McDonalds was a RARE treat, in fact, ANY eating out was a treat. My mother didn’t really believe in it, and I don’t think we could afford it. I’m slowly purging all the crap food from my life, and my body. For me, and to set the proper example for my kids. Because I can’t sit there saying “it’s bad for you” while I eat it.

So it REALLY bothers me to see kids and PARENTS sitting there shrugging and saying ‘what to do?” and blaming fast food for making it easy.

Two words people:

“Personal. Responsibility.”

Now, I know that’s a scary term nowadays, and it’s easier to blame someone else, but let’s think about this. I’m super freaking busy myself, and don’t have tons of time, but I don’t eat shit everyday. Because I’ve made that committment to me and my kids. I have decided that we will have this as a treat, and I will spend the time to make sure what we eat is at least moderately healthy. I will not sit and blame Wendy’s for having that delicious french fry smell and making me fat. Because at the end of the day I am the one deciding to walk in there and eat, not the company. Heroin can be pretty tempting as well, but I don’t shoot up. Beer, now THERE is temptation, but I generally abstain.

Why is it suddenly ok to blame manufacturers for everything? Sure, I agree there is too much, and it’s too easy to get. And advertising, don’t get me started. But you know what works? Turn off the TV. Remove the print media. Jesus, at least mute the commercials if you can’t stop your kids from watching.

Our kids, well Vivian, watches Treehouse a lot. NO commercials. BUT, she also watched PBS, which has brief commercials for Mc Dicks and a few others on it, so I’ve limited this consumption, and illustrated to my husband why. I personally hate that she watches any TV, and I’m currently wagin my personal “let’s cut the cable war”. I don’t want her to think crap is desireable, so I also take every chance to expound on the joys of blueberries, while making fun of crappy mcNuggets.

We aren’t perfect, but I’m NOT going to blame someone else for my own problems, or how I raise my children. It was, frankly, disgusting to watch. Obesity is NOT a problem solely in the hands of those making bad food. SOMEONE raises the food to their mouths.

I wonder who what is…

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