We often forget the power of food, more specifically the power of the food industries. I watched the documentary called Hungry for Change, which was a movie created to inform the public about the manipulative ways of the food industries and how they continue to get their customers to come back. It is a mind game, which is why I thought it directly related to the class.
The food industries are making the food to look and smell better so that we are drawn to it. All the foods today from these industries are not nutritionally valuable; they are making products rather than food. As they stated in the film, “we are overfed and starving,” meaning we are eating mass amounts but still hungry because we are lacking nutrients in our diet that fulfill your hunger. However people are used to this momentary feeling after eating these junk foods and learning to like it. These companies have manipulated the chemical structure of their products so that people feel like it is fulfilling but really they are empty calories. Another tactic these companies are using is the advertising and label of the products. These junk foods have commercials or billboards that have these skinny, happy and attractive people consuming their product and people then think that they can feel those feelings just from consuming that product. They have very famous celebrities and athletes that convey this message of “being cool” if you have their product. This is not true however; they do a good job at making people perceive it like that. These companies are also physically changing the food products so that they are more addictive chemicals in them. Lays chips on there package say “you can’t just have one” and this is true because these big industries are chemically changing these foods to make them addicting. They are engineering the food to taste great and have this addictive component. MSG is in 805 of the modern foods. MSG is a chemical used to make rats fat in animal testing. This chemical excited the brain and makes you want to eat more. Therefore, it isn’t entirely our fault that there are these rising numbers of obesity in America. We are human and you are programmed to crave these fats and sugars. Sugar is practically the new cocaine. It is the reason for a lot of the weight gain. People may think they are being healthier and in taking less calories when they have the artificial sugars but it has been proven that these sweeteners make you crave even more carbohydrates. The point being, these companies are altering their food products to get people like us to crave these foods. This helps their business but does not contribute to a healthier society.
This directly relates to the course because it exemplifies the power of the mind. People are learning the powers of the mind and these industries are using it to their advantage. The mind naturally craves these additives and with the enormous amounts of obesity in our country, it really exemplifies the compatibility and power of the mind itself.