I’ll Take a Short-Stack with my Burger, Please
The debate rages on between why 2/3s of this country’s population is overweight/obese. Some say it’s the fault of the individual, some say it’s the fault of advertising and lack of access to healthy food and education. I personally think it’s a little bit of both (though I do err on the side of it being more a systemic, larger picture -induced problem than a personal choice or willpower problem).
My co-worker, Katy, shared some photos from her family trip to Dallas last weekend. The closest place nearest to their hotel to grab a bite to eat was Denny’s. And here are some pictures from their visit:
I kinda feel like I’m Stephen Colbert posting these. I mean, really? A hamburger (1190 calories, with fries) with a short-stack of pancakes + syrup? (473 calories)? That’s 1663 calories sans condiments or a drink. And an appetizer for breakfast? Really? Since when do we need a side of calamari before our All-America Grand Slam Breakfast at 800 more eye-popping calories? (And yes, it really is called All-American.)
We could blame it on the individual or, the 2/3 of our country that seem to be ordering like this. Or should we also question the marketing behind it? Obviously, Denny’s is selling a product. And by the looks of our waistlines, it’s doing a damn good job. But Denny’s (and Olive Garden, Coke, Little Debbie, Frito-Lay, etc.) will all tell us that it is only marketing this food because we, as consumers, demand it. And there is some truth to that as well.
I think what interests me most is, when does eating an appetizer for breakfast or a hamburger and a short stack become the norm? Or has it already? Are we so completely enveloped in this way of eating and living that we no longer think twice about the mass amount of food we are ingesting? Does “will-power” or “logic” exist in such a society of normalcy?