How Can We Expect the Population to Lose Weight If…

Categories: Gastronomy;

This was actually a question asked out of humor way before, but somehow seems to have been brewed up again in the brain when someone commented that Filipinos might turn obese in this conversation about the International House of Pancakes (IHOP) opening in the Philippines.

Don’t get it wrong. IHOP opening in Manila is probably the best thing since buttermilk was invented. And this is not a jab on any sweet, calorific treat.

Calicoan Surf Camp Guiuan Eastern Samar Philippines Pancakes

Archive Photo from 2011 trip to Calicoan Surf Camp in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, Philippines

This has more to do with the whole economics of what food becomes more attractive to the eating public.

With the Philippines having a more fast paced economy, the population seems to be more enticed to just buy their food or have it served by restaurants than to cook it themselves. It seems that the combination of longer work hours and even longer traffic jams have determined that it is more economically and emotionally advantageous to purchase finished food products.

Problem is, not all of these are what some may consider as “healthy”, especially for those trying to maintain or lose a few pounds (We here at En Route included).

Consider this picture, which is where all this rambling leads to:

S&R Food
So the question is:

How can we expect the population to lose weight if a salad costs PHP 169.00 and a burger costs PHP 99.00?

Burger is more satisfying for the instant comfort it gives, and based on the picture above, it comes out more economical to buy as well.

The only consolation here is a bowl of Clam Chowder for PHP 79.00, but on a personal level, this seems hardly satisfying, if not nutritious.

What are your thoughts on this?


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  1. Same question. Why is salad sooo expensive???

  2. Raymund says:

    Tell me about it, In New Zealand we have more fat people than in the Philippines yet we have lesser fast food chains like that, it is so controlled here. Put a McDonalds near the school the public will complain and there is a high possibility the city council will not approve it. But I guess youre right price makes the big difference, if there is a salad worth 99 compared to a 169 burger I will get the salad as long as its good 🙂

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