Computer technologies continue to improve our lives. However, the practical knowledge offered by these technologies has been utilized to change how we work. Regrettably, this progress has been achieved at the considerable expense of critical reasoning. The level of critical thinking has substantially reduced, which, in turn, has impacted negatively on the type of foods people consume. It is significant to investigate some of the social and political factors that cautiously emerge as food companies exploit the digital space to promote their products while concealing important details about their impacts on health. The problem is how these manufacturing companies, vendors, and corrupt government officials hide important details about certain foods that potentially harm humans.
Major food companies in collusion with corrupt officials leave room for interpretations to confuse consumers to think illogically. Declining critical thinking has contributed to poor health choices because people fail to evaluate nourishment that is promoted in digital platforms critically. Diverse approaches and strategies that food manufacturing companies and digital marketers use to promote their products have blurred the boundary between critical thinking and human health. Strangely, the food vendors have eagerly taken advantage of the inability of people to think critically. As a result, they draw them away from examining the impacts of certain foods on human health. Due to the ambiguity and tendency of food manufactures to hide details regarding certain food, the audience has equally failed to evaluate the commercials they devour every day. Thus, food manufacturers leave room for interpretation by misleading the audience into believing that foods are organic yet in truth, these foods may be containing harmful amount of additives and preservatives. For example, in adding fructose to organic foods, food companies may be jeopardizing a person’s health. Unfortunately, the companies, in return, argue that since fructose comes from corn, it is naturally healthy, which is not the case. According to Voiland and Haupt, this has made people forget about calories (n.p). On that account, these misinterpretations have led people to consume unhealthy foods, thus harming their health and well-being.
Manufacturers achieve their mission through deception. Manufacturers often hide things under natural flavoring by failing to tell people the ingredients they use in preparing certain foods. Alternatively, they claim there is no need to tell consumers, and merely use ingredient X and Y then call it natural flavoring on the package since they are certain no one will know. This can be explained using Errors of Reasoning fallacy. When it invariably comes to consumption, people think illogically and accidentally make false conclusions based on wrong data or bad thinking. Regarding the case of human health and food, unethical business and scrupulous government officials use biases against the unsuspecting food consumers. They end up manipulating people to build to an illogical conclusion that the foods they eat are safe. However, this confident assertion is illustrated in Netflix’s What the Health film, in which a powerful individual manipulates the food sectors and end up subjecting people to unhealthy foods.
The empirical evidence regarding the disgusting eating habits of the people in the United States is overwhelming. As portrayed in chart 1 below, the majority of the vulnerable population is taking added sugars too often, saturated fats, and sodium. This is largely blamed on the unethical actions of food manufacturers who fail to add the required number of additives. They do this to appeal to many people into purchasing their products and end up endangering their lives. They are driven by selfish interests, thus subjecting people to unhealthy habits that cause diseases.
Figure 1: Dietary intakes compared to recommendations
Adapted from Health.gov, available at https://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/chapter-2/current-eating-patterns-in-the-united-states/
The unhealthy habits continue to affect all America. As depicted in Figure 2, the nation has seen an increase in grains and added fats. People are considerably failing to evaluate the commercials and foods they consume and end up taking unregulated amounts of food.
Figure 2: calories by food between 1970 and 2014
Adapted from Nutrition Ask It Know It, available at https://nutritionasiknowit.com/blog/2018/8/1/how-americans-eat
The evidence concerning the consumption of fast foods is shocking, as depicted in figure 3 below. From the chart, it is clear that people between the age of 20 and 39 consume a lot of fast food. This may explain why the nation is ailing as most people within the productive age brackets are not eating healthy foods.
Figure 3: Consumption of fast food among men and women between 2013 and 2016
Adapted from CDC.gov, available at https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/databriefs/db322.htm
The population continues to suffer from unhealthy eating habits that have potentially increased medical costs when they become sick. This has been blamed on consumers who fail to think and evaluate foods critically before consumption. In addition, critical evaluation has been made difficult by food manufactures that deceive the audience and leave room for much interpretation. In collusion with corrupt government officials, manufacturers have manipulated the food sector and system. The Error of Reasoning fallacy can be used to explain why food vendors are notoriously using unsafe ingredients, and people do not question. As depicted in the film, What the Health, certain individuals are selfishly dictating what people eat. Driven by selfish interests, these people have hurt human health. Hence, consumers must think before they eat.
Voiland, Adam and Haupt, Angela. 10 Things the Food Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know. US News, March 30, 2019. Available at: https://health.usnews.com/health- news/articles/2012/03/30/things-the-food-industry-doesnt-want-you-to-know. Retrieved November 5, 2019.
Netflix. What the Health. Available at https://www.netflix.com/title/80174177.