To the Valley News:
I have just finished reading the editorial on the food revolution in the Jan. 21 edition.
You made some points I could agree with. Yes, we are a nation of overweight, underhealthy people. Not everyone, of course, but the numbers are definitely climbing.
Rather than holding the supermarkets responsible for this dilemma, perhaps we should place the responsibility where it belongs, squarely on the adult consumer. Markets are in the business of selling products and making profits, as are fast food restaurants and convenience stores. These businesses are going to stock the products that customers purchase, they are not in the business of being our parents and directing our eating habits. I find that if you practice the “old fashioned” ways and eat reasonably and in moderation your weight and health will improve and stay improved. Exercise is also a component of weight, and hence disease control, and is not something I want controlled by a fitness coach. A coach is a good option, but yet again it is a matter of personal choice and all adults should be able to make a good decision and have the fortitude to see it through.
Some helpful hints for consumers that we are all aware of but perhaps bear repeating: plan your meals in advance, shop the outer perimeter of the market, set aside some time for food preparation for the week (perhaps an hour on your day off). If you truly are too busy to prepare healthy food please note that most major markets have prechopped and diced veggies that are very handy to have in the refrigerator. Most fruits can be carried safely in your car, perhaps an insulated lunch bag would be helpful, and are an easy, filling snack or part of a meal with the quick and easy PB&J (they aren't just for kids).
The upshot of my problem with the editorial is that there seems to be an assumption that we are too busy to turn on our brains and deal with our own basic care without the direction of a supermarket manager. Yes we are all busy, I have been a working mother, not easy but really planning is all it takes. My mother did not work outside the home but managed to raise seven children without outside help and seven actually should qualify as a full time job. So please ladies and gentlemen, assert yourselves, buy good food, prepare good food, supply your kids with good food and walk, walk, walk and not just to the refrigerator.
Christine M. Toohey