Due to the multiplicity of duties and roles families play in American society, women with families face the increasingly difficult task of managing food preparation and providing nutrition for their families at once. Women with full-time careers must both conduct their own lives and care for their husbands' and children's needs in a homey atmosphere. They are responsible for nutrition, and they are in charge of many other aspects of home life as well. They are also accountable for the safety of the food they provide for their families. As the accessibility of TV dinners and fast food chains increased in the 1950s, women who wanted to successfully achieve all of the mentioned aspects of domesticity opted for more simple meal plans in the home. Continuing into today's market, fast food and heat-and-serve food options still monopolize the way American families, specifically busy wives and mothers, see mealtime. Because we cannot expect women to take full responsibility for this occurrence, we must look at the origins of these ideas and practices, what it means for us today, and options we have in correcting an epidemic of poor nutrition in busy American families.
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[...] The tricky past comes when you combine female- promoted diets aimed at adults and try to incorporate these ideals into American family life. While a successful adult may have no trouble adopting a macrobiotic lifestyle, a five-year-old boy might not be quite as apt to adopt such practices. It is important to work on incorporating concepts while realizing that some of the aspects of each movement are not possible, of even desired, by all people working towards a change. Sometimes, this is even simply because of how feminine a movement is portrayed and viewed. [...]
[...] Countless parents initially say that they would never feed their children fast food yet end up doing so as a result of time constraints and the desire to spend quality time with their children conversing rather than cooking (Coleman). When parents do feed their children fast food, because much of it tastes good, the children love it and the parents have trouble replicating or competing with it at home. Often times these companies use cheap, rather disgusting, and possibly unknown ingredients to create the tastes children love. [...]
[...] Over time, grocery lists become the norm, and stopping for fast food becomes a special treat Food Makeover”). No solution is perfect for everyone. Changes on a national level are needed to raise awareness, and people must also be held accountable for their own behavior. It is one thing to subject oneself to a poor diet, but it is another to harm a child who has no way to defend his- or herself from the ill effects of bad nutrition. [...]
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