A Crisis of Overconsumption

August 16, 2013 at 6:58 pm (Uncategorized)

Today is the first day of the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto. Among the rides, shows and, well, exhibitions, is the PIG Combo.

The PIG Combo contains …

  • A Canuck burger – 2 ground-bacon patties, a slice of peameal crispy  bacon, and cheddar
  • An order of of bacon-cheese fries
  • A peanut-butter and bacon milkshake
  • A Bacon-wrapped deep-fried mars bar
  • A T-shirt that proclaims “You Conquered It” (You survived it might be more apt, although only time will tell).

Yours for $30. This caloric content of this …thing? 7,500.

A few years ago when I was in Belgium, I was struck by the absence of the obese, the presence of which has become so matter of North American society, it’s scarcely noticed. Obviously there were overweight people in Belgium, but it was nowhere like North America.

“Americans are constantly eating,” my friend observed.

We are bombarded by two types of food ads:

1. Those that promote a “healthy” lifestyle. “Light” this and “calorie reduced”  that (don’t place your hopes in those MacDonald’s salads though) or

2. Those that promote extremely unhealthy lifestyles – more calories, more red meat (yes, I’m taking to you hot dog stuffed pizza crust)

Something like the PIG Combo though pushes even those boundaries. I’ve been a vegetarian for 25 years, but even as a former carnivore, the thought of the PIG Combo fills me with dread.

Sadly, they’ll have no shortage of customers.

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1 Comment

  1. The CNE and Its Food | Notes from Underground said,

    […] though, the main reason people seem to go to the Ex is to eat. A few weeks back I wrote about the Pig Combo,  and wondered about how people could consume such a thing. Well, it turns out it wasn’t the Pig […]

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