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20 April, 2009

Food Dominance

About 2 million years ago man was evolving. There was a daily battle for survival which involved staying safe, hunting and looking after the family. Simple but dangerous and hard times indeed. A lot has happened since then including the way we look at the one of our most basic needs: food. It progressed to a three day meal cycle of breakfast lunch and dinner (although my grandmother insisted on supper too) but even three meals a day is not enough it seems. Now, food seemed to have permeated every aspect of our lives like microwaves into a pot noodle. It has become a constant companion akin to the mobile phone and wallet. No, we aren't carrying around minuscule, space age meals-in-a-pill but we are allowing it into areas of our lives it doesn't rightly belong (In this, I include taking a bottle of water to just about anywhere you go acting as if we are in a third world country without adequate clean tap water). People now eat just about anywhere. In their cars, at their desks at work, in business meetings, in lectures at school, in the classroom, at sporting events, concerts, the movie theater...the list goes on. It is no wonder that the obesity rates are increasing as our availability of food increases and our external restraints on where food is allowed are increasingly removed (I think we all know that we need those external restraints as TV and the Internet destroyed our willpower several years ago). I fear that if food was in the air would we "breathe" it 24/7 until our vast, blubbery bodies gave out on us.

It's a social obligation that we must make eating food more taboo. Fatty foods could be taxed, sure. We could ban food from certain places (although cinemas would go out of business), but I think to have the most impact we need to become revolted by the sight of say, someone eating a burger in a moving vehicle. It needs to become absolutely disgusting for a person to chow down some grub in the doctor's waiting room. Eating food in the classroom should be the pinnacle of bad taste, lame-ness and should be completely wedgie worthy.

Thus I implore you to stop eating all over the place and try and resist that bagel during the meeting today. Your making us all hungry.


Evil Twin's Wife said...

I'm one of those who carries a bottle of water everywhere. I only drink water and I don't want to pay for a new one if I have already paid for ones at home and I have MS, which sometimes means I get too hot and I use the water to cool me down a bit.

Spike Nesmith said...

Funny - I was going to pick up on your bottled water comment, too!

I'll happily drink water out of the tap at home because I have ice and I know it tastes fine - ditto the cooler at work - but I won't ever drink water from anywhere outside of my OCD World Of Things I Can Control unless it's bottled.

For too long, I've put up with the self righteous fuckwitts who get all sanctimonious about paying for water. "weh weh weh, they just fill it up from the tap anyway, weh weh weh! Municipal supply, weh weh weh!" Yeah, but it's not fucking COLD out of the tap, is it, fucker? I don't give a toss where it's filled up, so long as it's not out of the toilet. I'm paying for the convenience of COLD water that I can re-seal.

Of course, these are the same people who pull the same 'weh weh weh' shite about Sirius and XM. "weh weh weh, why do you PAY for radio when it's free elsewhere?" Because I can't listen to CNN on FM, you tit. And if I could get the musical range of what I want to listen to for free in WV and not 15 country stations everywhere I bloody well go, I wouldn't *have* to pay for it.


....calm blue ocean. Calm blue ocean. Calm blue ocean.

But on the food issue; here's the deal. If the manufacturers of food would develop a healthy product that tasted as good as a Classic Triple and was the price of a Whopper, we'd ALL look like Kate Moss. Fact is, junk food is cheaper and tastier than rabbit food.

And who wants to live forever anyway, right?

All Click said...

ETW: I hope you didn't take it personally then! :-) I was really trying to make a point that if someone from a third world country saw how we treated water they might be confused.

And I didn't mention that I take a water most places I go, because, like you, I don't want to have to pay $2.50 for something I have at home for 75 cents.

But lets say bottled water didn't exist. We would still cope right? Brita would probably make a killing.

All Click said...

Lol thanks for the comment Spike. There is nothing like getting a Scot riled up to start my day off. I used to drink water out of the tap all the time. Especially with a nice robinson sugar free orange squash (not the vegetable) and it was cold enough for me. But I think i'm probably changed forever now and demand my bottles of water at home to be chilled.

You are dead right about the healthy food thing. They try to make "delicious" healthy cheap meals but they just don't taste right.

The Film Geek said...

2 million years? What you talkin' 'bout, All Click? You, I and the Lord know the earth is only 6 thousand years old!