Where Local and Global Appetites Collide


                Today, September 27, 2008, the Toledo Rockets are playing Florida International. Before every game, there is tailgating, which includes tons of free food here on campus. Yes, I know, I don’t have a lot of extra money to be spending on food, and when free food comes, I will jump at the opportunity to take it, but is free food really good for you?

                Typically at tailgaiting they have pizza, burgers, hot dogs, chips and pop. Out of all that food, nothing is healthy. I know it is ok to eat this food every once in awhile, and I love getting free food at college, but how can universities wonder why everyone is gaining weight.

                A similar function I went to earlier this year was a barbeque with free food. I thought it was a great idea to get the free food and it was a nice event, but they only had unhealthy food. The only healthy item was a veggie burger, which I couldn’t even eat, it tasted so bad. I do not think this would be such a problem if while they were having the free picnic, there were other options. But the fact is, all the dining halls were closed because they were preparing for the barbeque, and my options were to either eat unhealthy or not eat at all.

                The point is everywhere you look without even realizing it, there is mostly unhealthy food. You really have to look these days and watch out to eat healthy food. I always try, but still sometimes struggle to find healthy options in today’s society, especially at college.

                All I’m saying is we simply need to be healthy and make conscious choices. We can not keep turning into an unhealthy nation. We just can’t!

Torie Nicholas

  1. Well said, Torie.

    There is an epidemic now with people wanting instant gratification – hence the huge credit card debt and obesity problem, to name two.

    There are consequences to the choices we make and the most basic, and personal, choice we have is how we take care of our bodies. It takes discipline to eat right and exercise and the unfortunate thing is that we can not make others be disciplined. We can only control ourselves.

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