In centuries past, America’s diet has turned from small portions and locally grown food to processed meats and high calorie meare easily attainable and affordable. In 1984, 72% of our dinners were home-made. In 2007, just 57% were (Doane). As a nation that is always on the move, Americans tend to look for fast and easy ways to live our day to day lives. The growth in fast food restaurants has taken over our “convenient” country and has trained us to become dependent on cheap and easy food, also known as a lead cause to obesity. Restaurants aren’t the only reason American’s are eating so unhealthy. The mental stimulation that our favorite calorie filled foods provide us are causing our country to lose their health-and their sanity.
Most of us could eat healthier if we wanted to, but we just don't want to. It is a growing mental issue for many people. As a country in a battle with obesity, it is clear that healthy eating isn’t easy. Over a third of the American population is classified as obese; this means that almost 41 million women and more than 37 million men aged 20 and older were obese in 2010 (Avena). Obesity comes with not only physical problems, but also many emotional problems. Individuals who are considered obese are often judged as lazy, unintelligent and overall not socially accepted. In a way, it is definitely unfair. There are people who can have a disease, such as with their thyroid, which can cause them to not be able to get weight off as easily as others. But for the majority of American’s, we tend to feed into what we are feeding ourselves, almost as if it were our own addiction; and drive-thru’s are our dealers.
When compared to drugs ands their criteria for addiction, food is just as easily considered addicting. Some experts believe that it is not appropriate to term food as 'addictive' as it is essential to life and not something that people can be weaned off. But a new study has found that high sugar snacks activate areas of brain that are also stimulated by hard drugs such as cocaine and heroin (Reilly). This addiction is taking over America, whether we are recognizing it or not.
Calories and sugar are main contributors to our new diet and its unhealthy ways. While the current recommendation is a maximum intake of eight teaspoons of sugars a day, one 12-ounce can of regular soda (or a 20-ounce bottle of VitaminWater) delivers eight or nine teaspoons (Brody). That means you are at or over the limit before you’ve eaten a single cookie or even some commercial tomato soups or salad dressings with added sugars. Quantity wise, the amount of calories per day an individual should be consuming can vary; but eating a single meal at a restaurant can usually surpass the amount of calories that a person should be taking in in one day. Not to say that these foods are necessarily bad for you, but should always be portioned correctly. In America, more is better. Every company knows that. And whether it be a restaurant chain or a...