I mean, if you sit and think about it, it makes some sense at least. Moms from the 1950's used to whip up homemade meals every single night. I imagine going out to a restaurant was a treat that you rarely got to experience. Now, you have work, soccer, homework....and McDonalds calling your name so you don't have to cook. Even if you go to the store, all kinds of ready to eat meals are there, nice and full of chemicals to keep them from spoiling.
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I recommended this Wuesthof kitchen knife to a friend of mine whose wife is in her early 50s.......and turns out doesn't do much cooking, sewing, etc. (it's a great knife and even made in- get this- Germany for 50 bucks)
He replied that their daughter is a bit of a throwback and is the only decent cook in the house.
That got me thinking. Back in the 1950s and early 1960s, we had a "June Cleaver" conception of what a married woman should be. "Nice girls" didn't have sex before marriage (or weren't supposed to) and there was real dating and courtship. Once married, wives were supposed to be subservient to their husbands, got in the kitchen, made him a sammich, poured him a drink when he got home, cooked at home, etc. I don't recall my parents talking about dining out much during that era. Like in Norway today, restaurants were an expensive luxury then.
Fast forward a few years to the complete cultural chaos of the late 1960s. Jane Fonda, Gloria Steinem, et al were defining what women should be. Women had to have a career to be a proper woman. As household incomes rose, they started dropping their kids in day care, and were too busy to cook quality homemade meals. They turned to chain restaurants and fast food, turning out cheap, processed food (that would soon be prepared by illegal immigrants) and American consumers demanded more food for less money. As an example of companies trying to maintain their profit margins by cutting costs, Coke and Pepsi started using high fructose corn syrup in the early 80s, and obesity tracks closely with HFCS usage.
As competition among "casual dining" restaurants in a growing market increased, restaurants owners had to turn to cheap labor to prepare the food, wash dishes, etc. Rocked by chaos and civil war of the early 1980s in Central America, a tide of unskilled, uneducated workers began flowing into the United States legally and illegally. White and black Americans soon found themselves "above" that kind of work. The increases in minimum wage only accelerated the illegal immigration.
Furthermore, back in pre-Women's Lib era, women were expected to stay trim and be attractive. Once they started burning bras, they declared that they could look however they wanted. Divorce skyrocketed and an increasing number of children were being raised in single-parent households (mainly divorced mothers). As women grew bigger, being overweight became socially acceptable.
Cliff Notes version: women's lib caused obesity and accelerated illegal immigration.
What says GD?
Have you noticed lately that Americans are really fat? Yeah, me too! And so have a lot of other people, even to the point where the Secretary of Agriculture has deemed it an epidemic. Now, people really like to
What could cause this? Two words: women's liberation.
I ask you to consider a few simple trends:
1. According to the American Obesity Association, 34.5 percent of Americans are obese; a staggering figure that seems to increase every year.
2. At the same time we have seen the percentage of women, both married and unmarried, who are entering the workforce swell from thirty-eight percent in 1960 to sixty-four percent in 2000 nearly doubling just as obesity rates have during the past 40 years (an R-squared value of .968 for you stats geeks).
So whats the connection you ask? Well, back in the good-old days, women were the backbone of the American diet, cooking up wonderful meals made with fresh, healthy foods. In the modern, "liberated" world, women are too busy having careers and book clubs to concentrate on cooking, so one is left with only a few options to feed the family: 1) Fast food, 2) processed foods, 3) one could allow the kids, who will eat only candy and pizza, to feed themselves.
For some twisted reason, women are proud of this so-called liberation that allows them to work, but causes their families to bloat into jiggling tubs of inactivity. Liberation? Sounds more like subjugation.....to being fat!
An even more disturbing trend, for those of us with a social conscience, is the disproportion of poor people who are too fat to fit in a movie theater seat (which is the FDA's standard measure of obesity). Its also
So thanks a lot Elizabeth Cady Stanton, now it seems that everyone in America has a chance to be as unhappy and bloated as you were.
Do you think that women's liberation and gender equality have contibuted to a rise in U.S. obesity and how?
I don't see how Spurlock's hypothesis negates the question above, in fact it might support it.
Since when do you need to cite sources to make a query? If I were making an assertion that would be a different matter--Also, since when is yahoo answers a peer reviewed academic journal--I thought it was something more informal.
Some of the answerers that respond with a categorical no and segue to an accusation that the asker lacks critical thinking apparently themselves are lacking in a sense of irony.
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EDIT: Scientific evidence? Well, a recent study links teenage obesity to excesive TV viewing. Excessive TV viewing is linked to not having a parent around. "Women's Liberation" , in some ways, is also "linked" to not having a parent around after school. Connect the dots yourself.
EDIT: I disagree that it is "obviously" a correlational argument ONLY. If the average two-adult family now works 80 hours a week instead of 40, as a result (partially!) of women being encoraged into the workforce, and that lack of time means more fast food, then it's a valid point.
Long post, I know. And you can probably skim most of it. I imagine there are a few issues here, advancing technology and a lazy ass society that will run around searching for a remote before they will walk to the television and turn it on is probably not helping either. Kids who would rather play video games than play outside... I just wonder with the whole nature v. nurture in this regard. I am the oldest of four...and the only fatty. We had the same basic upbringing. Same mom and dad.