Something to chew on — 6 years ago
I do believe that a lot of the responsibilities is the consumers’. I’d like to think that we’re not such a patently stupid nation that we don’t realize that fast food is bad for us — especially in such excess.
However, I feel the fast-food corporations should at least have easily accessible nutritional information. It’s good to see that, especially since this film debuted, there are now more healthy options available in these restaurants. Still, there could stand to be more. But I guess that’s the American way — anything for a buck, even at the expense of your consumers’ well-being. Why should they care? As long as we live long enough to reproduce, they’ll always have a new herd of consumers.
What was especially interesting was the bit about the food choices available in most public schools. I had never really thought that much about it before, but I realized how true it is. In my high school, we had a Pizza Hut kiosk that was open every day, and each day we had the option of burgers and fries if we didn’t want the “healthy” meal of the day. I had a burger and fries just about every day junior year, and there were soda vending machines in every hallway. I’m amazed I didn’t get fat in high school. I don’t remember any of the cafeteria workers encouraging me even once to choose something healthier. Not to say I blame them — I knew it was bad for me and made that choice anyway — just to say that the schools do seem unconcerned with the health of their students.
Anyway, pretty much any documentary is going to be biased, but it’s still something that should get you thinking. Sometimes I’m still amazed, after all this time, at how to big businesses we are not people but demographics. Talk about sickening.