Why Food Documentaries Aren’t Changing American Eating Habits

Unfortunately, it’s going to take more than the horrifying clips and images of slaughter houses and the uneasy consequences of an unhealthy diet to change the eating habits of the average American. In June 2018, it was reported by WebMD and other health sources that obesity rates in the U.S. were rising once again.

The rate had been rising for decades until it appeared to plateau in recent years. But, in the new study, researchers found that the trend may have been short-lived.

And if nothing changes, they estimate that half of all U.S. teenagers will be overweight or obese by 2030 — as will one-third of kids between 6 and 11 years old.

While we appreciate the work and thought put into many films such as Fed Up, Super Size Me, What The Health, Food, Inc. & more, it’s not only the viewers who have to change. It’s the industry. And as fast food restaurants advertise their cheap menu deals, the obesity epidemic in America will only getting worse, and the diet commercials with the “before and after” motivational slides just isn’t cutting it. A common answer to obesity or being overweight is always the big D-word. The word that is commonly preserved as negative or a waste of time (and money). The easier said than done, diet.

Variety Of Vegetables On Display

A healthy diet of organic fruits and vegetables is definitely a key factor in losing weight and gaining a healthy BMI, but the access to organic fruits and vegetables could be considered a luxury that is unachievable to low-income households in the U.S. Many people have argued that diets or lifestyles such as veganism is indeed affordable. But we need to take a look at the plain and simple facts of low-income families before we make such statements.

  • Low income families can consist six or more people in one household, two adults and the rest children.
  • If you’re arguing or even suggesting that families of six people or more with growing children living in poverty can afford the prices of organic fruits and vegetables, grass-fed meat & other healthy options you can find at stores like Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods, it’s time to check your privilege.
  • Eating out at fast food restaurants have been proven to be cheaper, which is the main problem.

Have you ever seen those memes that compare the price of a hamburger to the price of a salad? Funny as it is, it’s even more true. The food industry has been cursed with overpricing healthy meals, while providing unhealthy fast food meals at a much affordable and convenient rate. The debate of health and veganism being more affordable or even just as affordable as fast food is a battle that is yet to be won and a problem that is yet to be solved.



Author: Crystal Lynn

Article & blog writer from SoCal, typing away about things I'm passionate about.

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