« on: June 14, 2004, 01:09:00 PM »
"By producing cheap and (therefore), extremely unhealthy food, and making it readily available to the population at large, the fast food industry actually depends on people who willingly destroy their health."
McDonald's has been around since the 50s - however the obesity problem did not start until the 90s. McDonald's made money even then - people didn't order super size fries and eat the whole thing. And while McDonald's is mostly unhealthy, you can get a meal at McDonald's that is healthy - a salad with no meat, low fat dressing, yogart and iced tea. I bet that Wendy's is about the same if you get a salad with no meat, low fat dressing and a baked potato with a *little* butter and some salt, and tea.
"If everyone maintained a reasonably healthy diet, and only indulged occassionally at McDonald's, there is no way that the fast food industry would survive."
If ever person ate one healthy meal at a fast food place a week and one unhealthy meal at a fast food place that would be 30,523,073,568 meals a year in the US alone - I think fast food places could survive. (US pop = 293,491,092 * 2 meals * 52 week in a year).
"As well, consider that it is expensive to eat a truly healthy diet, with plenty of high-quality protein and fresh produce..."
I'd have to disagree with this. When I go shopping, the bill is about the same as when my BF goes shopping. I get vegetables, fruit, and soy products. He gets wings, french fries and Mountain Dew. Both bills typically are close to the same (give or take $5 dollars). Figure that buying a steak, french fries and a 6 pack of soda will probably run you $8 for the steak, $2 for the bag of fries and $2 for the six pack = $12. If you get a prepackaged salad ($3), 3 peices of fruit ($3), a bottle of water ($2) and some tofu to put on top ($3) it is actually cheaper = $11.