Consumerism: Junk Food and Able S Family

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Daniela Ochoa
Professor Bucher
ENC 1102
21 February 2013
Avoiding Consumerism
Is it possible to avoid falling into consumerism? It seems quite impossible to try to acquire not falling into consumerism when today everything is being advertised as new and better than the one before. Consumerism has become such a great epidemic in society. Everywhere you go items are being advertised to convince you to buy these products. Some families tend to fall into it while other families avoid the idea of it. In the story The Ables vs. the Binges it is shown how two families live their daily lives and how consumerism affects them. The Ables are a perfect example of a family that makes a careful decision on what they consume. On the other hand, the Binges family is chaotic when it comes to self-preservation. The Ables family truly has a higher standard than the Binges family. They are healthier, happier and wiser with their use of money than the Binges. People should research on how consumerism is affecting their lives and how one should be wiser when buying and consuming products. When one is careful with making decisions, they tend to buy organic food from farms and such things that will benefit their health in the long term. Just like the Able’s family does, they think about the big picture. When one buys organic goods it does good for oneself and from where it came from. Eating junk food just like the Binges family does causes pleasure at the moment. Junk food is advertised cheap and easy to reel costumers in. Unfortunely, organic food is more expensive then factory food and is made easier for people living the busy life to access. That’s why living a busy life and having such easy access makes fast food the perfect source to eat from. What people don’t realize is that the food substances in fast food places such as McDonalds, are full of chemicals and fats that aren’t good for your body. Avoiding consumerism can make you want to choose wiser, making better choices...
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