At church on Sunday, a few of us got on the topic of fast food and the Morgan Spurlock documentary "Super Size Me."
It got me thinking. Thinking about how fast didn't really change since it was released, or has remained relatively unchanged in a lot of ways, about how it effects not just your health but also your budget, how their "healthy alternatives" are not as healthy as you think, how you are no longer asked if you want it "super sized," among other things.
Since "Super Size Me" was released, I've noticed that not many things have changed about the fast food industry. They still offer you greasy burgers, deep fried food, etc.. With all the facts presented in the documentary and throughout the history of the industry, you'd think they'd try to change stuff for the better. But as you can see there has relatively no change. If there has been change, than show me. I'm talking about big change. Not some some insignificant change that means nothing. The fast food industry is due for a change. But there seems to be an unwillingness for all the fast food joints out there to change. They only mask it with clever wording, advertising, dumb jingles, and add stuff to their already crap menus (for the most part). Even if they don't add stuff to their menu, they are probably thinking "why bother mess with what is working..." It's only working because the world, especially the western world is has become a slave to fast food. But I digress, change needs to happen!
Along with that change, fast food joints are trying to offer "healthy alternatives." But is it truly healthy? Lets take a salad for instance. By looking at a salad, it seems healthy, right? Sure, I guess. But if you examine stuff you put on the salad like the dressing, it can defeat it's purpose of being healthy. Some dressings can be made with high fat ingredients. I'm not saying this because I don't like salad. I'm just saying that their so-called "healthy alternatives" are not as healthy as they want you to believe. Even a chicken snack wrap from McDonalds is filled with tomatoes, lettuce, and whatnot; but the sauce put in it is filled fat and calories because they'd rather use that instead of the low fat sauce. It seems like "healthy alternatives" is an oxymoron in the fast food industry. With clever advertising and spin, anything can be presented as a "healthy alternative."
Fast food is not healthy. If you've watched "Super Size Me" before or have viewed it all through, you will see that people have tried to sue McDonalds because it made them fat. The problem is nobody forced them to eat it. They bought in to the catchy jingles, subliminal advertising, the images they see in all forms of media that drove them to going to McDonalds or any other fast food joint. In fact, I can probably say for certain that they consciously made the choice to go McDonalds and eat their food thus it making them gain weight. Nobody forced them to go to McDonalds. As bad as fast food is, nobody is to blame but themselves. They knew before hand that fast is bad, but they still partook in it. Hell, I do it, but I'm not blaming anybody for going to there and getting it. People need to stop looking for a scapegoat and snap back into reality and blaming other people for the fact they gained weight. It has been proven that fast food is not a healthy choice.
Aside from fast food not being healthy, it effects your budget. For instance, to buy a burger, fries, and a drink at A&W costs almost $10. I'm bad for buying fast food, but I keep being told that you can buy stuff to make a meal for about that much. Plus the money you can save on not buying fast food, you can save it in the bank. I've been better at not buying fast food lately. It does leave you with more money because even the cheaper fast food joints it can add up. In this day in age when people are complaining about not having any money because they can't find work, they sure do spend a lot of money on fast food. The proof people spend lots on it is because the fast food industry in the United States is worth $126 billion. That proves people don't care that it effects their budget if the industry is worth that much.
The only thing I've noticed is that McDonalds, for instance, doesn't ask you if you want to "super size" it. Super size is just large in essence. But they stopped asking you if you want after "Super Size Me" was released. The Western world specifically had this idea that bigger was better, but not always. Sure I always upsize my meal to large. But it's out of habit I do and not because it was ever offered to me. I remember working A&W back in the day and the cashiers were told to offer "bear size." It's becoming common practice to go for the smaller size. But than again Tim Hortons changed their cup sizes and made their medium a small, large a medium, extra large a large, and a new extra large size. But than again, Tim Hortons is a coffee shop and not a fast food joint. So that's probably a moot point. Either way, the offering to upsize your meal has become pretty much an obsolete practice.
Fast food is still such an epidemic especially in the Western world. We are still a slave to it and we don't seem to care. We are feeding the fast food machine keeping it going. I admit, I've helped feed the fast food machine and I need to stop. But, as I've said, I've vastly reduced feeding it lately. Speaking terms of the United States, they must not be in a financial crisis if they can make the fast food a $120 billion plus industry. As long as we continue to support this industry like we do and keep it an epidemic, than nothing will change.