The sun, grass, maybe even concrete. What do you see when you look out your own window? Do you see the cancer? The diabetes? The heart attacks that are affecting Americans everyday of the year? No. Of course you don’t. You’re not a doctor and it’s not your job. Everyday someone is dying from a health-related disease. There is information everywhere on what we can do to stop these diseases from arising, but how exactly can we stop what has already been going on for years? The problem is there is information but people don’t use it. There’s information but people don’t listen. There’s information but a lot of the information cannot be trusted, and the biggest issue is the non-self control that we have the freedom to express.
Take big companies for instance, big soda companies. There are smaller companies with scientists, and even the famous companies have scientists that do research on their products.
When we hear about a product we are supposed to hear the whole truth right? And for us who want to watch our health, the healthy facts are something that is completely important to us. What if I told you that you never got the whole truth and that some of the information was altered? What if I told you that if a company uses 2% or less of an ingredient they don’t have to list it? What if I told you that it was all your fault?
Yes, it’s all your fault. It’s your families’ fault. It’s your friends’ fault. It’s everyone’s fault. Now, before you get upset read further. Sure the government regulates what goes out and the companies get away with sneaking things into food… but could a company work out if it had no customers? You as a consumer cast your vote every single time you buy an item. If you buy oreos, you’re casting a vote to keep oreos on the market. The people of America do not how how much power they actually hold when it comes to what we eat and how we are feeding the economy. It’s the peoples’ choice to eat unhealthy food.
“The finding that after New Year’s purchasing of healthy items increased and relatively less-healthy items remained the same as during the holiday period suggests that even though many people make a New Year’s resolution to eat healthier or lose weight, consumers are making purchasing decisions that only partly support these goals,”-Researchers
I’m not saying that the fault is entirely the consumers. But we make up the majority, almost all of the profit for big companies. The fact that we make resolutions to eat healthy and buy unhealthy foods tells me that we are willingly hurting our health, and that it’s hypocritical because we want to balme the ocmpanies and big food companies for our health issues. It is understood that there are several underlying factors as to why people by unhealthy food. When people buy unhealthy food and healthy food at the same time, what happens is when you buy healthy food your brain senses that it needs a reward for meeting a goal. So you reward yourself with unhealthy desires. Another underlying factor is money. Many families don’t have the money to buy healthy food that comes in small portions with bigger prices. But what we actually don’t know is that those are the correct portion sizes as well.
The first plate is a plate of food from an American restaurant. The second is a plat in the american home. The third plate is a simple plate from Europe. Over there they have tiny meals through out the day where as in America we have three big square meals a day. Not only is the food on the plate unhealthy but it is blown way out of porportion. In America we have trained outselves to eat and sustain big portions of food. And when we buy healthy food we complain about the small portions and big prices, where in actuality those are the portions that are supposed to be consumed instead of an over sized bag of chips. The government does not force us to eat these things. Nor do they force us to eat certain portions. Nor do they force us to buy only unhealthy foods. What we can do is use our power as the people and stop handicapping ourselves when it comes to what we consume. If we make the effort to buy more healthy options as a whole, the markets will have no choice but to keep on supplying the healthy items while all the junk and cancer-causing food companies go out of business. And when you think the portion of healthy food is too small remember that it’s the correct portion, and the rest is supposed to be filled up by water. Not life threatening sodas or juices. The power is in your wallet. Not in D.C.