So, I'm walking by a Wendy's this afternoon, and a huge banner outside features this new product they have. A bacon stacker. And it's ONLY 99 cents!!! I'm like, Oh My God...there just went somebody's diet! Whose, I don't know, but for sure, somebody's!
Dollar menus in fast food joints are all the rage. Almost every major fast food retailer has one. I know them well. I was deliriously happy when they were first invented about 8(?) years ago. A dollar menu meant that you could go into Wendy's or Mickey D's with 6 or 7 dollars and go buck wild. Burger King has its own, too.
The McDonalds across the street from where I used to live sold double cheeseburgers on their dollar menu. Talk about a pig in heaven. I ate so many of them over about a year, that I finally just got completely sick of them. I won't ever eat another. I exceeded my limit. I remember being on the line one day, when a guy came in and ordered 6. SIX! And a super size coke. He then sat and proceeded to polish off every last one. I was just like, WOW. Amazing! No wonder as a nation we're so fat.
Yes, I blame the dollar menu for part of the obesity epidemic in America. Nowadays, you don't have to have a ton of cash to stock up on these calorie heavy, fried, greasy goodies. They made sure that they're accessible to everyone! Only have a dollar? No problem! Come on in and get your dose of cholesterol too. Don't get left behind! We'll make sure that you, too, are included in the race to become as unhealthy as you can be! ;)
Now, it's around 3pm as I pass by this Wendy's on our main avenue, and as I pass by, I see that there's a packed line inside, snaking around about 4 times. Guess who it's comprised of? Kids coming home after school. A boat load of 'em.
Yep. The dollar menu works just great for them and their little allowances. They can come in and stuff their faces with fries, burgers and softies with the best of them. Only takes a couple bucks, and you're in! Pass me the ketchup!
Now, I know I can't blame the fast food industry for everything. Self policing is something we all need to learn how to do. Also, making sure that our children develop healthier eating habits and don't cave in to the call of the fast food chains when they're hungry is key, and is definitely the responsibility of parents. Yes, we are responsible for ourselves and our own actions. No one puts a gun to your head and makes you go inside Wendy's. Or McDonald's. Or any of them.
But these dollar menu places sure don't make it easy, do they? I'm just sayin'... ;)
by the Fitness Diva