The Modern American Vice

MICROWAVES

Why?

Microwaves are diminishing the American family’s wellbeing because they further obesity, induce laziness in households, and take away from traditional family mealtimes.

Obesity

“Innovations such as... microwaves, to name a few, have significantly lowered the monetary and nonmonetary cost of food, including the time cost of acquiring, preparing, cooking and cleaning up after food, as well as the financial cost of purchasing food” (Tomer 35).

Laziness

“We have invented an activity somewhere between microwave instantaneity and cooking from scratch: food assembly” (Moran 35).

Lousy Mealtimes

“Self-efficacy for cooking and family meal attitudes and behaviors were significantly associ- ated with family dinner frequency. Self- efficacy is a potentially useful construct, grounded in social cognitive theory, which has previously been used to mea- sure a person's confidence in his or her ability to perform a specific behavior rather than measuring the behavior it- self” (Woodruff and Kirby 301).

Tips:

“Comparing conven- tional (RM-1) and organic ingredients (RM-11) in Fig. 4 indicates that using the latter leads to an increase in five impacts, with the remaining six impacts being similar between the two meal options” (Schmidt Rivera, Orias, and Azapagic 303).

Works Cited

Casini, Leonardo. “Food Habits. Changes Among Young Italians in the Last 10 Years.” Appetite. 68 (2013): 21-29. ScienceDirect. Web. 30 Sept. 2014.


Moran, Joe. “Hum, Ping, Rip: The Sounds of Cooking.” New Statesman. 134 (2005): 34-35. ProQuest. Web. 1 Oct. 2014.


Nelson, Melissa C. “Understanding the Perceived Determinants of Weight-Related Behaviors in Late Adolescence: A Qualitative Analysis among College Youth.” Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 41.4 (2009): 287-292. ScienceDirect. Web. 1 Oct. 2014.


Ryynanen, S., and T. Ohlsson. “Microwave Heating Uniformity of Ready Meals as Affected by Placement, Composition, and Geometry.” Journal of Food Science. 61.3 (1996): 620-624. Wiley Online Library. Web. 30 Sept. 2014.


Sealy, Y.M. “Parents’ food choices: obesity among minority parents and children.” Journal of Community Health Nursing. 27.1 (2010): 1-11. EbscoHost. Web. 1 Oct. 2014.


Schmidt Rivera, Ximena C., Namy Espinoza Orias, and Adisa Azapagic. “Life Cycle Environmental Impacts of Convenience Food: Comparison of Ready and Home- Made Meals.” Journal of Cleaner Production. 73.15 (2014): 294-309. ScienceDirect. Web. 30 Sept. 2014.


Tomer, John. “What Causes Obesity? And Why has it Grown so Much?” Challenge. 54.4 (2011): 22-49. EBSCOHOST. Web. 1 Oct. 2014.


Woodruff, Sarah J., and Ashley R. Kirby. “The Associations Among Family Meal Frequency, Food Preparation Frequency, Self-efficacy for Cooking, and Food Preparation Techniques in Children and Adolescents.” Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 45.4 (2013): 296-303. ScienceDirect. Web. 2 Oct. 2014.

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