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. Tina Quinn Says:

    Another disturbing observation: at the rehab nursing center I’m employed at I cringe at some of the meals served to patients. White breads, etc. We have many diabetics. I’ve had patients comment, “I don’t understand…my blood sugar was better at home”. I think part of it is a money issue. I’m curious how much education the dietary manager has. I advocate for patients and teach as much as possible.

  2. Matt Smith Says:

    Mindless Eating is a really good book. I have ‘made’ many personal training clients read it!

  3. mboyle1959 Says:

    I have the book but haven’t gotten to it yet.

  4. Max Prokopy Says:

    Check out the work by Brian Wansink at Cornell. He has a lay-persons book called Mindless Eating and has done some very clever studies on food psychology.

  5. As always well said. Sometimes when we go out to eat it is actually hard to try to find something good for you to eat…but then, you look at the rest of the population and ugh…you understand why.

  6. Mike,
    So true. Powers that be try to shout down such sentiments but the facts speak for themselves. To paraphrase Einstein: The definition of stupidity is to keep doing the same thing and expect different results.

  7. mboyle1959 Says:

    There are enough athletes to keep me employed. I’d rather see people healthy.

  8. With that said Mr Boyle, there will always be people who will want to get out of the hole and improve themselves…that big bad food industry might well be keeping you in employment! 🙂

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