I took my two sons to see this 3 hour and 2 minute movie PLUS the 15 – 20 minutes of trailers and commercials. So you are looking at sitting on your butt for almost 3 1/2 hours. We got to our seats right at the beginning of all the trailers so most of the theater was seated and the room hadn’t gone dark yet. Briefly I noticed our entire row had huge popcorns because to walk past them they had to move their legs AND their popcorn. Once sat, I turned around and pretty much everyone’s mouth was chewing on something. In front of me I could see people moving their bodies to one side to lean in and drink their beverage without even picking it up because it was strategically placed in a cup holder so all they had to do was lean forward and to the side. Now I was just fixated on the fact everyone was sitting and eating which prompts me to write a note to self, “Research movie theater nutritional info”.
Here is the not so good, the super bad and the extremely ugly about movie theater eating. You think your choosing healthy by getting a small popcorn, “Please no butter” – right? WRONG, movie theaters pop their popcorn in oil making this a 300 calorie snack with 12 grams of fat. Add the butter and you are looking at 600 calories and 34 grams of fat in a SMALL popcorn. What about all those large popcorns sitting on everyone’s laps? 1200 calories, 60 grams of fat which about 80% of that is saturated fat the type that clogs your arteries and 980 mg of sodium which if the movie doesn’t get your blood boiling then this popcorn will. Now you will need to wash that down with something, am I wrong? A large soda which of course you ordered because it is only 0.50 cents more to supersize it, has 650 calories and 170 grams of sugar which is equivalent to 43 teaspoons of sugar. Now you need something sweet to balance out the saltiness, who doesn’t love that? Let’s just do the chocolate candies since they are the most popular. You are looking at around 600 calories, about 65 grams of sugar and 22 grams of fat. ALL WHILE YOU ARE SITTING AND DOING NOTHING.
I realize that Americans love to sit, eat and watch but do you realize how unhealthy that is? We load up on food and drinks at sporting events because we say, “I don’t want to have to get back up.” We order delivery food and sit on the couch binge watching shows for hours. We as a culture have made it a habit to sit – eat – watch. Unfortunately, when you eat while watching something you pay less attention to how much you are eating and how fast you are eating, ultimately eating too much. Sitting slows down the process of the stomach moving the food unless you are sitting upright with good posture, are you?
I am encouraging everyone to take a stand in the movie theater conspiracy to make America unhealthy. You can sit for a few hours without nibbling. I believe in you. Save your money and choose to digest the movie only.
be happy in your body and healthy with your choices