x9200 wrote:Convenience definitely plays a part but IMHO it's more about money. The offset from poverty continues to increase. An average person can now eat until (s)he will burst and can do it every day without significant impact to his budget. It was surely not the case not so long ago (i.e. before WWII).
And the food that average person does eat is now more calorie-dense than ever before, as the food industry manages to pack more and more fat and sugar into their products.
The same applies to beverages, whether pop, fruit drinks, even yoghurt drinks, it's all so mind-numbingly sweet. Is 100+ isotonic? Surely not. I have to water it down to be able to drink it.
Pop-wise, I haven't had a can of coke, sprite, or some such, for ages, but I had a sip the other day - man, it felt like my enamel was getting jack-hammered on the spot. You may as well be drinking liquid sugar! How do people drink that? It's insane.
And while I'm on a roll, the thing that always blows me away is how true it is that you are what you eat. Next time you walk by a KFC or a Mac, have a look inside. So many of the people inhaling the comfort-food served there look pasty-faced, flabby and utterly zombified.
It's mass-hypnosis I tells ya.