During our road trip to the desert, I picked up the current issue of Family Circle magazine, with the promise of healthy dinner recipes on the cover. Needless to say, I was appalled when I came across this article inside, titled “Healthy Fast Food”. The worst part? I had just finished reading the Editors opening letter, where she went on and on about how their magazine is committed to helping American’s change their diets for the better in response to the growing obesity epidemic.
I was so disgusted (yes folks, disgusted) that I wrote her a little note.
Dear Ms. Fears,
Your April cover story of “20+ Healthy Dinners” caught my eye and I bought a copy of Family Circle for the first time last week. When I read your From the Editor page, where you touted your magazine as “on a mission to help Americans lead healthier, more nutritious lives”, I was even more excited about the magazine. Imagine my shock when I suddenly came to Sally Kuzemchak’s article, “Healthy Fast Food”!
Are you kidding me?
To make matters worse, this Registered Dietitian begins her article by calling fast food “a fact of life”, giving a plateful of excuses for why people can’t bother to take care of themselves. And now they have a “professional” who implies that it’s acceptable! How about this: instead of placing our over-packed schedules as priority over proper nutrition, why don’t you recommend your readers feed their families right and then worry about getting to soccer practice and piano lessons?
Fast food should have NO part in the American diet if we are going to truly change the “declining health of American families” that you claim to be so passionate about!
Wife and Mother to a healthy family of four
What do you guys think? Was I being too harsh? Is it okay to justify this sort of article simply because statistics prove that most of their readers are gorging themselves on fast food anyway so opting for healthier selections is the lesser of two evils?