Dining Out or Assisted Suicide?

I love to go out to eat. I probably should stop talking about nutrition. I love beer. However I am beginning to think that the restaurant industry is like Dr. Kevorkian. The stuff they try to get you to eat is crazy. I know I blogged about the book  The End of Overeating-Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite  here. Take a minute to go back and view the post if you have a chance but, make no mistake about it. A lot of restaurants are trying to slowly kill you.

I think one of the major problems we face is the profit motive of the big food and restaurant companies. Eating well is not good for the economy. It’s too bad someone can’t make the connection between the purchasing side of the economy ( food and alcohol) and the healthcare costs in terms of diseases related to diet and lack of exercise. We have developed a perfect system for big businesses like food sales, health care and drug companies. The food companies spend millions to get us to eat poorly and make millions as a result. Healthcare costs are staggering because our diet stinks. Drug companies make billions developing pills that primarily make symptoms disappear. It’s the perfect financial storm. Everybody is unhealthy and the big businesses are making billions.

Sad but true, there is too little money in health and lots of money in destroying it.


11 Responses to “Dining Out or Assisted Suicide?”

  1. Craig Burns Says:

    The World’s Top 10 Fattest Countries
    (1) American Samoa, 93.5% (of the population that is overweight)
    (2) Kiribati, 81.5%
    (3) U.S.A., 66.7%

    Well, the U.S.A. doesn’t top the list, but it’s close, and it falls behind only a small islands nation and one of its own unincorporated territories. The United States of Processed food, high fructose corn syrup and fast food has been high on this list over the last half century.
    ~The World Health Organization

  2. mboyle1959 Says:

    I have a post coming on that subject also.

  3. Well, let’s not leave out the GloboGym fitness industry as part of the problem. Ineffectual exercise and repetitive use injuries and corporate-branded feelings of insecurity. Stumble out of BWW around Christmas, sign up at the hamster farm, strain something on the elliptical, bemoan your still-fatness, wash down your sorrows during March Madness and wait for baseball to start. Rinse and repeat sometime during swimsuit season. Shoot, I don’t know why restaurant chains don’t acquire stakes in commercial gyms.

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