September 7th, 2005

Something I have noticed

I am a little scared to make this comment, in fear of offending (but please trust me, that is not my intention, i merely want to see what other people think).
I am Canadain, and spend a few weeks every year in Southern California (my family and I have a love affair with Disney) and I have noticed on every occasion that it seems the average American is bigger than the average Canadian and the meal sizes are close to double.
In Canada a meal of chicken fingers and fries would get you about 4 fingers and half a cup of fries, I ordered the same meal in California and it came with, 8 chicken fingers, a muffin, a side salad and about a cup of fries.
Has anyone else who frequents both countries noticed this? And does anyone think that the rise in childhood obesity, early onset diabetes etc. has less to do with inactivity and more to do with portion control?
Just thoughts..comment away..
Lady_april

Thoughts...?

In one of my Psych. classes are actually studying evil. While I don't think that people with eds are evil (lol) nor do I whole-heartedly believe the those who believe in "pro-ana" are either, I found these quotes to be rather interesting:

In addition, groups have the power to suppress dissent and, thus, encourage the abandonment of the individual self. In doing so, groups provide a moral audthority that can give individuals sufficient justification to perpetrate extraordinary evil (Waller, 2002, 34).

A group, interacting in isolation from moderating influences, becomes prgressively more extreme than the sum of its individual memebers (Waller, 2002, 35).

We must accept the fact that group dynamics can, to some extent, alter the thougths, feelings, and behaviors of individualswithin a group (Waller, 2002, 48).

We must also accept the fact, however, that being in a group does not inevitabily lead us to commit acts of extraordinary evil that we "would never dream of doing as individuals." Being in a group reveals who individuals are just as much, if not more, than being in a group alters who they are.

Waller, James. (2002). Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing. Oxford University Press, New York.