“Is butter a carb?”

13 Feb

After reading different articles this week about the government and FDA needing to implement more rules and regulations for food product labeling, I find myself questioning where the responsibility for the obesity epidemic in America falls. I can’t deny that the fact that it would be nice to have policies in place so food corporations can’t lie about what is in their products. But a part of me keeps questioning the fact that our obesity problem is rooted deeper into our culture and any set of rules won’t stop people from consuming what they already eat. In Marion Nestle’s article Soda-size cap is a public health issue she talks about making the default soda choice 16oz because it is the healthier choice. In an ideal world this rule might work but in America this will certainly not be the case. Soda companies are so focused on making profits that they would never abide by this and Marion even mentions that soda companies say themselves that they will go to any lengths to protect their profits.

The way I see it, change needs to come from within our culture. Healthy eating is a part of a healthy lifestyle and if people were more interested in living out a healthy lifestyle then industries would shape themselves accordingly. Right now kids and young adults aren’t educated about how to eat which allows big corporations to take advantage of them and persuade their eating habits. The best example I have for this is from the movie Mean Girls when Regina asks “Is butter a carb?” to Cady. Trying to make Regina gain weight, Cady answers yes and Regina then piles butter onto her meal. The point is that Regina, like many other youths, was willing to believe anything she is told and food industries play off this in order to profit. So instead of trying to go through our legal system to implement laws, we should be going through our schools and trying to educate the public to make the healthier choice what people actually want. In another one of Marion’s blog posts titled Rumor: the White House is holding out for weak calorie labeling, she even talks about how there are no laws that require places to have food labels where selling food is the primary business, but plenty of these places still do because of the demand for it.  This proves that our focus should not be on implementing more laws and restraints to big corporations but rather educating citizens to live a healthier lifestyle. 


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