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Spend and spend

2006-06-02 22:26:00.23187+00 by Dan Lyke 4 comments

FDA asks restaurant industry to shrink portions to combat obesity:

The report, requested and funded by the Food and Drug Administration, lays out ways to help people manage their intake of calories from the growing number of meals prepared away from home, including at the nation's nearly 900,000 restaurants and other establishments that serve food.

You know what? This one's easy. Instead of spending more money lobbying fast food joints to decrease their portions and charge us the same amount of money, how about simply reducing the huge government subsidies which make fast food possible at such ridiculously cheap prices. Remove the billions of dollars a year in subsidies that go to corn that make "chicken" nuggets cheaper than a healthy meal and, guess what, all of a sudden healthful food won't be the more expensive option.

Of course this means reworking farm and agricultural policy, something that's never been done without giving even more money to those leeches at ADM, Monsanto and Cargill, but if we're ever going to stop the "if I can get away with it it must be right" kleptocracy that our legislators seem to be gleefully promoting, we need to pick specific battles and harp on them.

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comments in ascending chronological order (reverse):

#Comment Re: made: 2006-06-03 02:35:43.126741+00 by: DaveP

The problem is that the ADM, Monsanto and Cargill can afford to buy my legislators, and I can't.

Even with the local Congressman stepping down after forerver in the house and giving us a chance for a fresh start, as near as I can tell, all the possible candidates have already been bought.

#Comment Re: made: 2006-06-03 03:01:39.952716+00 by: meuon

It's also a personal responsibility problem. Although not as often as we should, Nancy and I often split an entree order. Or we'll pick an appetizer and an entree, or an entree and desert (yum). When eating by myself, I skip most side dishes.. fries, taters, etc..

But in traditional American excess fashion, our resturaunts provide 16+ ounce steaks, with mondo loaded baked potatoes, a deep fried onion thing, and a single broccoli nugget with a gallon of sweet tea or coke. Why? Because we order, if not demand it.

What has to change is a over-programmed culture that thinks it's not OK to eat more naturally: snacks throughout the day.. smaller meals.

Admission: I made 3 large pans of Lasagna a couple of Sundays ago. Yummm... Occaisionally you have to splurge and enjoy it.

#Comment Re: made: 2006-06-03 05:21:57.707739+00 by: Diane Reese

Occaisionally you have to splurge and enjoy it.

Exactly right. If you constantly deny yourself guilty little culinary pleasures, you might be a healthy person, but you won't be a happy healthy person. Personal responsibility is indeed the key, as in so many things.

Another key in changing course is training children to eat properly by feeding them wholesome food and modeling good cooking, eating, and snacking behaviors. I remember with a smile the shopping trip ~13 years ago when my sons, then about 4 and 6, were with me as we passed the produce section. "PLEEEEASE Mommy, can we have artichokes, pleeeeease?" OK, we can have artichokes, I'll get four of them for us to steam. We rounded the corner to the fish counter and they pleaded, "OOOOH! Salmon! Could we have salmon tonight, Mom, could we? Please?" I found a fillet and put it in the cart. A woman tapped me on the shoulder and said, "Excuse me, but... what have you done to those children?" To this day they are healthy eaters who gravitate towards fresh produce and non-greasy foods. But even they have pizza and a nice double-double In-And-Out Burger from time to time. ;-)

#Comment Re: made: 2006-06-03 15:20:54.403604+00 by: Dan Lyke

First time my parents took us to McDonald's, my sister and I asked "Do we have to finish this?"