New studies reported on here at PsychCentral, show that despite government labeling programs at fast food restaurants, people are decidedly not changing their eating habits. Although long-term studies haven’t been done yet, the evidence is really stunning–people do not appear to care if their fast food choices have more calories, salt, or fat.
To us, this seems to be an Emperor’s Clothes kind of story. We don’t eat fast food and are mostly, not totally, vegetarian — but we support the rights of people to make their own choices. It does seems obvious that if someone is choosing to eat fast food, then they aren’t making that choice with health in mind.
They are looking for something strictly because it appeals to their tastebuds, their schedule, and maybe their wallet. Why would nutrition information stop them? If suddenly those greasy fries cost thirty dollars, took four hours to prepare, or tasted like lawn clippings, they would probably head right over to the nearest juice bar.
Have you ever heard of anyone sitting down to a lingering, intimate dinner at Mocko Taco? Or an important business meeting at Burgerz Fer Kidz?
Anyway, does having more information about nutrition change the way people eat? Perhaps when they are shopping for food products to bring home to their families. But as long as they are standing in line at a fast food place, do they really care? The statistics say, no. (I changed the way I eat because I was highly motivated and because I was constantly being offered healthy choices at home, for which I am very grateful–maybe I wouldn’t have done so otherwise).
Should the government insist on nutrionally-labelling fast food? What do you think?
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