No, I never thought I’d be posting a pic of a Big Mac on my blog. But it got your attention and is the subject of this blog.
I was listening to the radio this morning and heard an interesting statistic. One in five Millennials have never tasted a McDonald’s Big Mac.
My immediate reaction to this was “Hooray!” My second thought was “Rock on parents of Millennials! You have done a great job keeping your kids away from useless junk food.”
Then the DJ broke my heart. She went on about how sad it is that so many young people have not tasted a Big Mac.
This is exactly the mixed message that causes so much confusion among the general public about what is good for us when it comes to food.
On the one hand, the message is clear…fast food is not good food, has little to no nutritional value and is not worth the money if we want to feel good and eat healthy. On the other hand the media message and marketing is touting the “special sauce, lettuce, cheese,” blah, blah, blah, that you can’t live without. This message is then reinforced by peers and “celebrities” pushing us to “at least give it a try.”
To the Millennials, I say, do not be fooled! Keep on eating better-quality food and ignore the social media messages that will be popping up in the near future to cajole you into eating food that some would say is unfit for human consumption.
To the media, how about we applaud young people making smart decisions? How about we stop encouraging behaviors that will negatively impact their health and instead, encourage them to pass on smart decisions to the children they will some day be raising themselves.
We lament the cost of health care for the 40+ generations. We cry that “something must be done to stop the obesity epidemic!” And then when we hear of an entire generation taking one small step in the right direction we try to redirect them to taking the same actions that got us to where we are…unfit, unhealthy and trying to break lifelong habits.
They are trying to better and I, for one, will encourage them.