Trending Tuesday: If Fast Food Commercials Were Honest

“I’m just amazed at the societal outrage. Everyone’s like, ‘McDonald’s has no nutritional value! There’s no vitamins!’ and McDonald’s is like, ‘Excuse me, we sell burgers and fries; we never said we’re a farmers’ market. Heck, our spokesperson is a pedophile clown from the ’70s. What do you want from us, America?'”

“I’m just amazed at the societal outrage. Everyone’s like, ‘McDonald’s has no nutritional value! There’s no vitamins!’ and McDonald’s is like, ‘Excuse me, we sell burgers and fries; we never said we’re a farmers’ market. Heck, our spokesperson is a pedophile clown from the ’70s. What do you want from us, America?'”

Everyone knows how bad fast food is  for health, but for some reason we still go in there and buy food. It is fast and so convenient, and plus, it’s not that pricey.

Did you know that red and yellow subconsciously trigger hunger? Now you understand why many fast food companies’ logos contain it, right? McDonalds, KFC, Subway, Wendy’s, Burger King… and the list can go on and on. A handful of studies show that yellow stimulates appetite, because seeing the color actually causes your brain to secrete serotonin, the happiness hormone. And a University of Rochester study found that when people see red, their reactions become both faster and more forceful, like inhaling your burger in less than 2 minutes.

And what about their commercials, where they show that huge juicy burger on a big TV screen? It makes you crave it, even though the burger that you get there is far away from the one that, “image specialists worked for several hours.”

Also, it’s disturbing how far the fast food companies’ advertising would go for targeting a specific group, particularly low-income, children and rural Americans. Burger King and McDonalds are known as companies that gives away toys to children, making sure that they will come back or ask their parents to come back. Did you ever see how happy children were when they received a small piece of plastic with their favorite superhero?

There is a huge possibility that these happy memories of receiving food with toys will bring your children back to the fast food spots later in their lives. Also, the danger of marketing, french fries and other fast foods to kids is what can lead to an unhealthy and harmful diet- which can bring to obesity in adolescence and adulthood due to a huge consumption of fat, sodium and sugars.

As a parent, wouldn’t you go to McDonalds if you knew that you could feed your family, eat in peace and have your kids entertain themselves? Of course you would, and that’s what most of the fast food companies are hoping for: “As a parent, having a chance to get some work taken care of while my kids are entertained for 45 minutes definitely influences me to consider restaurants with a play place over others.”

Fast Food restaurants are all around the country, but they are especially present in the country’s poorer communities. This problem, also known as “Food Oppression”, is a crucial indicator of how America’s richer communities are eating better, while the poorer ones are eating worse.

Poor black communities are more vulnerable to this phenomenon. Based on the research, the black communities that suffer more from diabetes, obesity and heart related diseases tend to consume more fast food products. While richer communities have the Whole Foods Market and different organic stores right around the corner.

I think it is very unfair that poorer communities have less opportunity to eat healthy than the richer ones. I think it’s impossible for poorer communities to become healthier when they have fewer choice to make healthy decisions. There should be a balance in choices, where there is going to be a possibility for it to happen. Until then, there is a bigger possibility for people to make unhealthy choices.

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