I know, I know. President Trump is now President Trump and not “President-Elect” or that shitty quasi-Republican ultimate menace human that’s running but no way in hell is he going to win come November so it’s basically just funny.
In the most (or least) opportune timing, a visibly Trump-ridden family came in to my place of work. This is – or they are – the America that our current President represents.
It’s about 9AM. A tall (six three in my estimation), prematurely-balding white dude with a “TRUMP: Make America Great Again!” t-shirt covering the majority of his 350+ pound body strolls in with an equally weighty (and white), stalky wife, with two small children trailing behind.
Asking for their drinks once they squeeze into their chairs, the mother asked for a Coke, and the father a Sprite. Their little lad (with a “Lil Rad Man” shirt on) spoke up: “can I have a Sprite, please?” Before I could unenthusiastically say “sure”, thinking that this poor boy’s opportunity for a healthy life has ended just as it has hardly begun, his father yells at him: “What are you doing asking for soda in the morning?! You can’t have that! Juice or milk only!”
As they all silently munch on carbs with sugar on top for a solid forty-five minutes, the mother drinks two Cokes and the father pours five packets of sugar into his coffee. Plus one all over the table.
Two things here.
One: The hypocrisy is fucking insane.
How do you expect your children to behave as they grow up, and when they grow up?This behavior is feeding the already difficult pre-teen years with all of the ammunition necessary for them to argue back. The worst part is, they’ll actually be right: if they’re told to do something by someone who does it, what kind of lesson do will they be taught?
When they’re fully grown, after years and years (and years) of this contradictory parenting – congratulations! They’ll grow up to be just like mommy and daddy. Shitty parents, shitty citizens.
Two: One of these days, at least I really, really hope, America will, like it did with tobacco, either realize or be pressured by other, better prioritized nations into thinking that a garbage diet mentally or physically fed to our children is a low-visibility, high-impact form of child abuse. I’m serious.
The majority of foods most readily available (and advertised, and purchased) today are a conglomeration of some legitimately heinous artificial ingredients: insecticide- and pesticide- and fertilizer-filled grains and vegetables then preserved or prepared with a load of sugar, hydrogenated oils, and Yellow #5, which can cause anything and everything from cancer to ADHD and, of course, the most prominent and most preventable – heart disease. Tell me that feeding that absolute garbage to your child, the basic fuel of their mental and physical function and overall development, isn’t abuse.
Instead, you could just as easily (and at the same price point) buy some fresh, whole, and simple how-they’re-meant-to-be foods from most any grocery store, farm stall, or even airport kiosk now, but parents pick the other shit day in and day out for several reasons, from poorly perceived cost to a picky and demanding kid (I wonder how s/he got that way?). But whether it’s first a matter of priority or anything else, it’s ultimately laziness.
These are the people Making America Great Again.
Some reading and resources:
A free online/ebook/PDF resource for inexpensive recipes with fresh, in-season ingredients:
Brown, Leanne. Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day. 2014.
Find it here.
Bateman, B., J. Warner, E. Hutchinson, C. Gant, J. Grundy, C. Fitzgerald, and J. Stevenson. “The effects of a double blind, placebo controlled, artificial food colourings and benzoate preservative challenge on hyperactivity in a general population sample of preschool children.” BMJ (2003).
Sandra, Pat, Bart Tienpont, and Frank David. “Multi-residue screening of pesticides in vegetables, fruits and baby food by stir bar sorptive extraction–thermal desorption–capillary gas chromatography–mass spectrometry.” Journal of Chromatography A 1000.1-2 (2003): 299-309. Elsevier. Web.
Wildman, Robert. Handbook of Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods, Second Edition. 2007.