When was the last time you walked into McDonald’s and chose to order a Garden Salad instead of a Big Mac? If it has been a long time, do not worry; most people cannot even remember what their last healthy meal was. In fact, if you had a Big Mac someday just one month ago, that would make you only the 27 billionth person to bite into a juicy robust beef patty back at the moment. Ironically, this vast number of junk eaters is not aware of the health-wrecking decision they take when they stop by McDonald’s for lunch one day after another; or is that not the case? Are people really unaware of how a single mouthful of fast food contains a handful of chemicals that can literally deteriorate their health? Although the majority of people blame fast food companies, which are initially set up as profit-seeking businesses, for their poor health, it is actually their irresponsibility and lack of determination they should be pointing their fingers at.
The first thing to remind yourself of every now and then, is that fast food companies are organizations that only aim to maximize profits. Therefore, to expect them to play the motherly figure, and hand us a healthy meal served with love and care is irrational.
Call it selfishness, but their owners have set monetary goals, not humanitarian ones. Now, how often do people sue real estate companies for selling accommodations with faulty sewage systems? Or file lawsuits against Ford for manufacturing cars that are not fuel-efficient and are likely to consistently empty your pockets? The reason examples like these are far-fetched is because people are aware that these choices are likely to yield an outcome, and therefore, they carefully study their payoffs. They think prudently before buying a. .l do it for you. As Malek (2003) puts it, “Every time you buy cigarettes or unhealthy food, and every time you do not buy food that’s good for you, you are weighing your own costs and benefits” (p.
310). After all, it is in nobody’s hands but yours to stay healthy and look fit. It may be a little challenging at first, but eating healthy simply grants you a longer and less miserable life with the ones you love. All you need to do is have a little determination.
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