Essay on Eating Today Should Focus On Health

793 Words Dec 11th, 2015 4 Pages
Eating today should focus on 60% on personal health and 40% on social constructs of food. Focusing on personal health is important for people to enhance their mindset and not have the anxiety of fitting into the small box that social constructs have created. Social constructs make it difficult to stick to eat healthy foods when social constructs encourage short cuts, unnecessary guidelines and no scientific proof.

Cultural constructs encourage people to try or avoid foods in order to achieve a certain status. For instance, in the 1980’s there were concerns that white bread caused diseases and other aversive effects. First, in Levenststein’s “Nutritional Terrorism”, she states how vitamins had a huge craze in curing anything in the late 1960’s. There was no scientific evidence that it worked well but people wanted a quick fix with vitamins that even food trends weren’t providing. Even the government started to lean on vitamins because of the popularity. If vitamins were proven to be healthy then it wouldn’t have such a craze, people enjoy the mystery behind not knowing. That’s why the mass media targets the unknown. Also, companies are relay on social constructs in order to make quick money with the fad things they come out with. For example in “Nutritional Terrorism” farmers didn’t care about the harmful chemicals they were using they just wnate dto make money off their food. But people thpught that every agriculture chemical was bad after the DDT incident. Next,…

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