Don’t Overeat to Avoid Wasting Food

Introduction

I’m discussing this because it’s a psychological issue. People have been deceived into a delusional worry while seemingly not convinced of an actual worry.

Wasting Food?

You’re sitting at home alone, eating, and–gasp!-suddenly you’re full. Being full means your body is telling you that you no longer require food for sustenance. But, wait, there’s still food left, and you need to finish your meal to avoid wasting food! Right? So there are two scenarios here: throwing it away or eating it. What happens if you throw it away? It’s gone. It’ll end up in a garbage heap. And what happens if you eat it? Well, if you’re full, and you eat more, what happens? The food turns into fat and waste (like poop). So which is better? To discard the food or to create more fat and poop? One way you actually can salvage this is to, if possible, save the food as leftovers. That would prevent you from eating other food you would have eaten had you not saved the leftovers, saving that other food you would have bought. Saving food!

Let’s look at another situation where it is not a waste. You’re with a group of people at a restaurant, and, like the previous scenario, you become full. In order to avoid waste, you offer your food to others in your group. Nobody wants your nasty, half-eaten cheeseburger. So you suppose you need to eat it to avoid waste. We’ve now reached the same point as before. Leftovers or feeding others are the only solutions. Overeating is not a solution.

Wasting Food

If you purchase from the grocery store more than what you need of something, and you end up throwing some away, then you may have wasted food. This could be considered a waste because of supply and demand. By making your purchase, you’ve decreased supply, thus, theoretically, increasing demand. If you did this without practical purpose, then you could call that a waste. The waste occurred at the grocery store when you made your purchase.

“Americans are often impulsive in their food purchases, unrealistically assessing how much food is required, and as a result buying more food than they need or buying food they won’t actually eat.” (rts.com, 2022) This article is not exactly about food waste, it’s about the logic behind it, so if you’d like to read more about food waste, I recommend this website.

References

Published by S. Lock, & 7, J. (2022, January 7). Number of restaurants in the U.S. Statista. Retrieved April 26, 2022, from https://www.statista.com/statistics/244616/number-of-qsr-fsr-chain-independent-restaurants-in-the-us/#:~:text=The%20number%20of%20restaurants%20in,a%20little%20over%20two%20percent.&text=The%20two%20main%20categories%20of,full%20service%20restaurants%20(FSR’S).

Food waste in America in 2022: Statistics & Facts: RTS. Recycle Track Systems. (n.d.). Retrieved April 26, 2022, from https://www.rts.com/resources/guides/food-waste-america/

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