Is There Such Thing as Good Food and Bad Food?
There is a growing amount of focus on obesity in American culture. Phrases such as “the war on obesity” are commonly used by media outlets (DePhillis, 2013). In 2013 obesity was officially categorized as a disease, and in 2012, the New York City board of health passed a ban on sugary drinks in containers over 16 ounces in an effort to help thwart the “obesity epidemic,” (Pollack, 2013 and Lerner, 2012). People often have an idea that there are foods that are good and foods that are bad. This is evident in the way we talk about food. Chips are labeled as “junk food,” fast food as “unhealthy,” and other foods are simply labeled as “bad for you.” On the other side, there are several foods which are labeled with positive words and phrases such as “healthy,” “good,” and “pure.”