Now I'm going to rant.
I just read an article on Yahoo about a debate on whether or not the government should take severely obese children away from their parents. You can read it here. For the record, I think the government should keeps their hands out of this particular pot and focus more on keeping certain chemicals and additives out of our food supply to begin with. But this isn't the focus of my rant. I can't stand that the word "victim" was used in this article more than once. "Victims" of advertising, "Victims" of fast food, ect. The term is overused. It's called personal responsibility, and accountability people! "Victim" my ass. Greasy, nasty fast food is cheap and it is delicious, and you can have it handed to you through a window in less time than it takes to heat up some Uncle Ben's instant rice. With a little will power and some creativity you can eat healthy meals cheaply. You'll still have to prepare it, but who can't throw some yogurt and fruit into a bowl, and it wouldn't be that expensive. I would bet that severely obese people aren't just ordering a few things from the value menu. Getting a combo meal and then super sizing it is like 5 or 6 bucks! When I worked for Expo Design Center I got into the habit of eating at Chic Fil-a every day because it was close and easy. I actually stopped eating there for lunch because it was getting too expensive. $5 a day, 5 days a week, 4 weeks in a month... that's $100 a month! I know you can make healthy meals for less than that. It is so easy to blame all our problems on the world around us so that we never have to look in a mirror or admit that we have faults.