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  • How sad that marketing and fast foods evolved with no regard for healthy foods. It is also sad that there are so many over weight people in America. Every where I look they are obese and continue to put chips, sodas, and other junk food in their car at the grocery storet. It is great that some of the fast food restaurants are beginning to add more nutritious foods to their menus, and some of the tv dinners are somewhat more healthy, but the damage has been done! But I say, if a person is really interested in their health, they will look in the mirror and make up their minds. Do they want to be here to watch their children grow up and get married and have children? Although I don't have any children, I have fur babies. And my answer is yes, I want to be here for them. - 8/26/2016 6:51:05 PM
    Kind of made me sad seeing how marketing and technology were used to encourage unhealthy choices/habits.
    - 12/17/2015 11:39:26 AM
  • When I visited Las Vegas in the 80's I was shocked at how big the portion sizes were and couldn't understand why! I thought that maybe I'd ordered a sharing plate! I thought then about how much waste there must have been - and I was brought up to clean my plate. I can't imagine how big restaurant portions are now! Trouble is it normalises what is not normal and people lose touch with what and how much they're eating. - 6/21/2015 5:27:45 AM
  • I don't think getting more for your money or getting your money's worth is wrong. Why are we blaming fast food for our eating habits? You either eat it or you don't. The main problem is self control and knowing for yourself how much you should be eating. These people are not responsible for you. Sadly, I think the only problem here is being fed really disgusting almost inhumane food. Even still, people have a choice. You either eat it or you don't If you want to eat it, choose the right portion sizes. When i eat out I choose the smallest portion. but i'd like the option to remain if I feel like a day of eating a large size. Just saying - 2/24/2015 5:32:06 PM
  • I didn't so much mind the shameless plug for SparkPeople, but the fact that the article ended on that note. Left a bad taste in my mouth, I'm afraid. I wouldn't mind a lighthearted nod to SparkPeople, but puh-leaze. SP isn't the savior of mankind! - 2/24/2015 8:24:52 AM
  • When McDonald's first opened, your drink came without ice -- you had to ask for ice -- so it's possible your 10 oz cup held more soda than you get in a small drink today. - 1/21/2014 8:41:04 PM
  • "During the next 49 years, eating out becomes less of an event and more of a necessity as people get busier and busier."

    Many civilizations have favored eating out because of busy schedules or as a sign of status. The first I can think of is Rome. Cities in the Roman Empire were covered in little places where you could stop and get food (It wasn't exactly "health food" either). Often people lived in houses or apartments that lacked a kitchen. So, eating "out" was required for survival.

    - 1/21/2014 8:03:45 PM
  • what i'm curious about is why portion sizes increased in the first place. anyone got insight on that? - 5/29/2013 9:29:50 PM
  • i did not know that SP has been around since 2003!!! Awesome!
    it needs to be updated...isn't the new thing instead of a pyramid it's the plate! - 5/29/2013 7:01:47 PM
    I tried Olean potato chips back in 1998 on a dare from a college friend. Worst decision ever! I spent the rest of the night with stomach cramps and running to the bathroom. Come to find out years later that the fat molecules are linked in a way comparable to chicken feed! Yuck! - 5/29/2013 3:26:34 PM
  • liked the article. It is really something to think about when you are trying to make health food choices as to how our food got in the state that it is. - 5/29/2013 3:08:36 PM
  • This article is pretty heavily slanted; I like reading things that are informative and useful but when the bias is so obvious I tend to lose focus on the message.
    Thumbs down. - 5/29/2013 1:14:10 PM
  • Oh, the year to remember: 2003! Thank you, Sparkpeople! - 5/29/2013 10:39:36 AM
  • I try not to eat at fast food restaurants. When I travel long distances (which is about 1x a year), I end up having to eat fast food. I go for the smallest size I can get., which is off the dollar menu, the under a dollar menu, or kid's menu. I quit buying drinks and keeping my own in an ice chest (one of those 7.5 ounce soda's). I would ask for the smallest sized drink and it would be a 24 ounce drink or some absurd size like that. I've tried to get the kid's size but couldn't get it. Oh well. - 5/29/2013 10:20:15 AM
  • BETH789
    I gave up eating at McDonalds years ago. I retained plenty of other bad eating habits (I am here after all... :) ), so I've had a weight problem for a while, but I was managing it and even losing somewhat steadily. Last month I was in a hurry and stopped by McDonalds for a quick lunch. Then I went again the next week and again 2 weeks later. I have put on more weight in the past month. It really is addictive (the fat and the convenience both) and it's really a wake up call as to just how bad that stuff is for me. Saying that it's just once a week is not something I can do anymore. - 5/29/2013 9:51:06 AM

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