Monday, October 3, 2011

Salads are great, but we really want burgers and fries

No matter what Michelle Obama has been saying for a year and a half about obesity, it seems few are listening.
We know all about the restaurants listing calories on their menus, and we are well aware that people insist they want to eat healthy.
This post may upset some, but the truth is, when we eat out, we order burgers, fries, tacos, shakes, sodas, pizza and some form of fried chicken.

IHOP may offer a Simple & Fit menu with yogurt and fruit bowls, but its top seller is still the breakfast sampler of eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, hash browns and pancakes.

And regardless of what politicians say and do, only 11 percent of parents ordered apple slices as an alternative to fries in McDonald’s Happy Meals.

Remember all the big efforts in New York forcing chain restaurants to start listing calories on menus?
Well, only 15 percent of diners ordered lower-calorie items.

Because people just aren't interested, many chains have scaled back their efforts to feature healthy foods.

Ever seen the long lines at In & Out Burger and Popeye's chicken? There's a reason for that.

The Cheesecake Factory, which introduced a “Skinnylicious” menu with entrees 590 calories or less, says while those foods have also done well, the sales of the rich, decadent cheesecakes are up too.

Here's something else, the "healthier" foods are usually among the most expensive items on the menu.
Perhaps, instead of taxing "fat foods," how about lowering the price of the so called "healthier" choices?