May 23, 2010

What are we, 2?

I had a thought today.

You know how two-year-olds put everything in their mouths? Including things they shouldn't? Well, are grown ups much better?

An awful lot of people who should know better put an awful lot of "foods" in their mouths that really have no business being ingested by anyone.

It's easy to say that people have a "choice." And indeed, that's what the lobbyists for all the processed and junk food manufacturers across the land say whenever there is some threat to their products (i.e., banning junk food in schools, placing "sin taxes" on soda, etc.).

Maybe I'm going out on a limb here, but I strongly suspect that most of the time, when an average person eats one of these "foods," they are not making a conscious choice. They are eating that food because it is right there, accessible and enticing. They grab that breakroom donut (even though they already ate breakfast and aren't even hungry), they swing into the fast food drive-thru on the way home instead of picking up dinner fixings from the grocery store, they grab a candy bar or bag of chips at a gas station mini mart.

How many times does a person wake up in the morning and decide to do those things? Saying, "I haven't had a candy bar for months, so today I'm going to go buy my favorite candy bar and sit down and eat it and really enjoy it" is called making a choice. Grabbing a vending machine candy bar because you just happened to walk by a vending machine and some little voice inside you screamed "I want candy!" is called acting on impulse.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't 2-year-olds pretty impulsive? (Hopefully my sister will comment on this...)

Come on, be smarter than a 2-year-old. Don't put stuff in your mouth that you shouldn't!