Why Do We Choose Mega-Calorie Junk Food?

Selection of healthy food on rustic wooden background

Salads are nice, but burgers are what really sell.

Even though people say they want healthier food choices at fast food and other restaurants, when they actually order, it’s not the healthier options that they choose, but the burgers and fries and many even opt for the mega-size versions.  The government is pushing for restaurants to publish calorie counts and nutritional information and some are now doing it.  However, it doesn’t seem to be influencing many people to make healthier meal choices.

Sales of healthy items at places like McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, Cheesecake Factory, domino’s Pizza, Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. amount to less than 23% of sales.  In fact, only 11% of parents ordered the apple slices instead of the French fries in their kids’ Happy Meals.  McDonalds actually considered totally replacing the fries with apple slices but when they did market testing it was parents that didn’t like the idea.

Many people say that they try to eat healthy at home but still don’t make the healthier choices when dining out.  Well, since we can’t blame the fast food industry or the government for poor dietary choices that will adversely affect our health, who can we blame?

You guessed it!  The blame falls squarely on our shoulders as individuals.  If we are fat or our children are fat and perhaps are suffering from non-contagious conditions like obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, you name it, it is our own fault.

Much is out of our control, but what we choose to eat and how we choose to spend our free time is entirely up to us and totally our responsibility.  It’s a great and free country we live in.  Here in America, you are free to eat yourself to death if you like.  Or, you can make choices for yourself and your family that will give everyone the best shot a living a long and disease-free life.  The choice is yours.

 

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