The Great Weight Gain Addiction Game, Part 3

My Bariatric Life Health Guide
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    Have you ever been served a plate in a restaurant and as you poke and prod the course in front of  you, wonder exactly what it is you are about to eat? A moment of "what do you suppose is in this stuff" clarity?


    Perhaps you have experienced that same thought while holding up a can or a box of processed something or other while in a food market. Well, whatever it is, the possibility that it is the courtesy of Big Food is quite likely.

    After all, the top four boxed cereal companies have corralled about eighty percent of the market, and the top four beef packers have an even greater control. This translates into an awful lot of authority over who produces food and how it is produced as well as what is eaten overall. 

    Given the epidemic of obesity and related illnesses that are current in the United States, those who provide the food sources for our diets are most suspect. 


    Who Do You Trust?
    Many experts have stated that they believe that the food industry is in large degree the culprit behind the obesity crisis in America despite the fact that the food industry is at least making attempts to provide a healthier menu of choices. Those who remain skeptical argue that such tactics are little more than marketing ploys and express serious doubt about employing food companies to combat obesity.


    They argue further that those companies that manufacture junk food are obligated to stockholders and are therefore expected to encourage greater consumer consumption and not less.

    Just Say No
    Such was the slogan of a failed drug program that is the current day advice given to consumers regarding food choice. Just say no to those foods that are not good for us. I would like to remind you that it was noted in part two of this article that those who are lower in socioeconomic status are a target group of the big food industry. There is a reason for that.

    Those Americans with limited options have little choice but to purchase those foods afforded by a meager budget. Some of the worst foods in the marketplace are also the cheapest due in large part to farm subsidies that are designed to depress the price of the corn that is processed in a great number of products. 

    Current efforts to cut food stamp programs by 4 billion dollars will only exacerbate the problem.

    Another target audience of big food is America’s children.

    An argument is made that children are more a product of parenting and less a product of general social influence, and in large degree that is true. It is equally true that even the most attentive parents might struggle in the face of any structure that can spend 2 billion dollars annually to market directly to their kids. You would think that a nation founded on the principle of a social compact would do all it can to make parenting less difficult.


    Living life well-fed,
    My Bariatric Life

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Published On: October 30, 2013