Corporations and Corpulence

We’ve seen statistics that prove we’re a fat nation. An proper question to ask at this time is why did we, that are just as “equivalent” as everybody else, eventually be the size that we are? It’d be too simple to answer by saying that we ate a lot of. That might actually be a symptom of the main issue.

The brief answer would be that the primary reasons for obesity have to do with genetics, our eating and living surroundings, and our psychology. The combination of these influences has cultivated all us to become just who we’re now. However, I don’t need to venture into these topics, because we have probably been hearing about them for almost a decade. Rather, let’s discuss an effect that we need to have a closer look at–large business in the us.

Before fast food corporations introduce new products, they do some market research. This means they’ll ask questions of the people, perhaps something similar to this, “If we started dipping the entire cinnamon bun in icing instead of just icing the shirt, would you buy these?” The solution could be “yes.” If enough men and women say “yes,” the corporation will have someone make this product so people can try it and give their opinions. If enough people like it, then a brand new product is born.

I feel the folks involved with the market research did answer the questions honestly. As an example, if I were to take a bite out of a fully iced cinnamon bun, and if I were asked whether it tasted great, how could I say anything but “it is the ideal?” However, if I asked me if I would like you delivered to my house at exactly 7:00 AM each morning, I’d understand that my compulsive self could not endure the daily temptation. To protect myself, I Would Need to say, with authority, “NO, I NEVER WANT TO SEE ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE THINGS AS LONG AS I LIVE!”

Businesses are always throwing fresh foods in us. That is exactly why Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Round Table and KFC all have special items on their menus, like spicy calamari or dipping sauces for pizza strips. In the event the things sell well, then they must have done a great marketing job, and also the thing might turn into a regular on the menu. They indicate that the world try their new item, and we eat it up. What happened to eating what we need? Is it that difficult for us to pick something out for ourselves instead of relying on the nutrition geniuses atop the corporate marketing structures of fast food restaurants? They’d sell us lard burgers if they believed we’d eat them and they might even laugh at us. Why not laugh at them instead? Choose to become healthy and dance to the beat of your own drum.

If you feel at all sorry for these American fast food corporations, let me ask you this question. Which is more comfortable to you: The McDonald’s logo, or the logo of the USDA (the government body which created the “food pyramid”)? I rest my case.

The food pyramid has been updated. You can view the brand new (2005) food brand online: http://www.mypyramid.gov