OK, I'll be honest. I get annoyed by something just about every day. It’s even in my Twitter bio. But nothing makes me more fed up than how people have been bamboozled by the food and beverage industries. With that, here are 8 things about the state of our food industry that make me furious.
I am FED UP with:
1. The unhealthy lunches served to our kids at schools
The standards for what our kids should be eating are incredibly low — especially in our school system. We all know that eating a diet rich in whole foods and low in sugar is the healthiest choice, but we don’t feed our children that way. The rampant diabetes and obesity rates prove it.
2. Pizza and french fries count as a vegetable
I am not exaggerating. Due to some aggressive lobbying practices from Big Food companies, pizza and French fries are still counted as vegetables. Really?!
3. Kids are getting adult diseases
For the first time in history, we have a generation of children that will live shorter lifespans than their parents. Our children are being diagnosed with food-related adult diseases such as type 2 diabetes, at an unprecedented rate. It was unheard of a generation ago. As many as a third of type 2 diabetes cases are now diagnosed in children, even though this was a disease that used to not develop until later in life, around age 40.
4. Food advertisements targeting our kids
Billions of dollars are spent by fast food companies and Big Food makers to target children. The goal? To hook them as early as possible on sugary foods. This is unethical and immoral.
5. The access and availability of junk food
Vending machines are on every corner (even in schools), and junk is strategically placed in stores near cash registers, and even at toy stores. Junk has infiltrated everywhere we go — even places that are supposed to be helping us get healthy, like gyms and hospitals!