Donkey vote cos I honestly wouldnt care one way or the other
I agree that people need to stop excusing poor diet and health.
I have never been overweight and have always been a very active person, but my relationship with food is just awful. I am constantly gaining and losing weight. Every time I get to a weight that I consider less than desirable, I start another health and fitness freak out, until I'm back to just below the lowest healthy weight for my height, and then go back to my old ways. Every single time.
Now I know I only have myself to blame for this, I should tune friends, family and society out, but I STRUGGLE. Me and food have a love hate relationship, and it is REALLY hard to do the right thing, when you're constantly being told you don't need to.
"why are you dieting? You don't need to lose weight" (when I'm not even dieting, just eating healthy and refusing bad foods.
"you're such a sheep" following the health and fitness 'fads'
"You look perfect just the way you are" - maybe I do? But am I healthy? NO!
"you're too skinny" - when I'm not even skinny at all, just fit
"you're getting too muscly, not feminine at all" -
These are just a very small amount of the crap that I have to deal with every time I get to my ideal weight, and every time I listen and end up putting it back on.
And of course right now, I'm pregnant. So when I try to do the right thing and refuse high calorie foods or takeaway I'm told "you're pregnant, you need to eat! Worry about it after."
For someone with more self control and conviction than me, and a much healthier relationship with food - these comments probably wouldn't matter. But to me, it's just an excuse to give in to my temptations because everyone is telling me that I should. Sorry to bring up the smoking and alcoholic connection again, but these comments I get are just like telling them that "one more won't hurt". You know? It infuriates me.
Maybe the labels on the boxes would be a good idea, because then I can point at them and say "I'm not eating that, because it will do this to me". But I still think I would get told "it doesn't refer to you because you're not overweight.
Argh, I went totally off topic, but it drives me nuts.
I really don't see the issue of warnings on the food - that it contains a HUGE percentage of your daily recommended intakes, if not more. That too much can lead to all sorts of health problems.
This isn't to say they need warnings like "do not eat this food, even as a rare treat", that's not what would happen.
If people eat it as a rare 'treat' and are aware of the possible health outcomes, it's not a problem and the warnings wouldn't be relevant to you.
I think a lot of people want to bury their heads in the sand - I enjoy it very very rarely and I am semi-aware of just how bad it is. I would have no problem if my meal warned me point blank just how much sodium/trans fat/saturated fat/sugars it contained.
Agree Caz, in fact, a popular phrase seems to be "she needs a burger". No, nobody 'needs' a burger!
What about more warnings to people who live on busy roads who have the huge fumes slowly poisoning them to death.. Causing autism in children .. Can we put this on a sign ?
Sorry bit off topic .. But i was just thinking about !!
My colleagues and I spent one lunchtime going through all of the nutritional information on various fast food websites, calibrated for the way we actually order and consume (ie didn't go by the "suggested" options like no cheese, no sauce, water instead of coke etc), and came to the conclusion that McDonald's is a better choice than Subway.
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