When you don't have any time to cook your own food, what happens? The answer is obvious, needless to say. You go out to your local fast food outlet (in deference to your kids' preferences), you go out to the food strip at the mall, or you order take out. It is convenient and you can eat your fill at these joints. What's not so clear, nevertheless, is what such a practice is doing to you and your children's health.

Healthy eating habits are essential to attaining a healthy mind and body. Healthy eating habits refer to eating meals regularly, eating well-balanced food, and eating just what is necessary. Healthy eating habits do not involve eating burgers and fries for lunch.

The Fast food Culture

Regrettably, some people do think that it's healthy to have burgers and fries for lunch. Advertising spiels have a lot to answer for this. In a world filled up with fast food and restaurants, it is but natural that the companies serving up this food have to undermine people's preference for home-cooked meals or they'll grow to be redundant and not make any profit.

Therefore, big food corporations put millions of dollars into TV commercials that claim in not a lot of words that a meal eaten at a fast food is special while eating at home with your family the meal your mother cooked is nothing but ordinary.

Such a reversal of values was assisted along by the faster pace of life, where individuals don't have any more time to devote to preparing home-cooked meals. People are always driving or commuting to work, attending business meetings, or maybe holding one or two jobs. You can't expect somebody who has already been working twelve hours straight to come home and prepare a lengthy meal. It makes much more sense to buy some take-out or bring the family out for a meal.

Individuals are conscious that they need to eat healthy food. However, what do you do if you are misled into believing that restaurant fare and fast food taste better than home-cooked food? Sadly, there's also an underlying effort to make individuals think that food in restaurant and fast foods are all healthy, that there is truly not much difference when you eat in or out. It is all the same, but eating out is much more convenient.

As people continue being swamped with mass media advertisements promoting the value of fast food and eating out, and as people become even more busy attempting to hold on to their jobs, more and more individuals cease cooking and start taking these commercials to heart. People have deserted home-cooked and nutritious meals that need hours of preparation for large servings of calorie- and fat-rich food that gets served up within minutes.

The Diseased Nation

The success of the fast food industry in creating a culture that thrives in fast food and meals eaten out, our people's health has been placed on the balance. Thus, America is now an ailing nation. Incidence of heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure carries on to increase as obesity becomes even more widespread.

I am not saying that fast food is to be avoided at all costs. What I am saying is that a trip to the fast food ought to be made only extremely infrequently, not three times a week as most individuals right now are doing. A change should be instituted to restore the days when there's no doubt about what healthy food is and where to find it. This is all I ask.