Has Halloween candy consumption become too much? . According to the Vox article I read, it has. Halloween is the most profitable holiday for the candy industry, with Easter right behind. Sugar is tantalizing to children, and is okay when eaten in moderation. However, the consumption of large quantities of sugar nationwide is contributing to an alarming obesity epidemic, which is being perpetuated by the candy industry through their choices of advertising.
Halloween candy sales have been increasing steadily from a little over $2.36 B in 2011 to almost $3B in 2016. When I look at this chart I see a slight but steady increase. This is concerning to me, because I feel like it is too much, especially for candy that will probably end up sitting around the house for months anyway. It might be better for trick-or-treaters to have a smaller amount of candy that they would be able to consume without going over their recommended level of daily sugar intake. And perhaps they would be able to compensate by opting for more savory treats instead.
In total, Americans will consume roughly 300,00 tons of candy, enough to fill up a gigantic bucket as large as six Titanics! As I mentioned before, such an obscene amount of candy is incredibly wasteful, especially when you consider the amount of candy wrappers being thrown away. It is harmful both to the environment and to the health of American children. Especially closer to Halloween and Easter, children see candy commercials on their screens, especially if they are watching childrens’ programming on television . Even though people have begun to turn away from sugary sodas and soft drinks, the candy industry seems more profitable than ever, according to this data. Perhaps it’s time to think more reasonably about the amount of candy children should be eating on Halloween.
I don’t see any errors or inconsistencies when I look at this data. But I do wonder about their data collection method. I couldn’t tell from the article where they were getting their numbers from.. And I’m also curious about what they counted as candy. Is it just chocolate, or are other sweet treats like Laffy Taffy and Candy Corn in the mix as well? I wonder how the numbers would change if they did a study of only chocolate purchases as opposed to all types of candy.
I am not opposed to enjoying candy on Halloween, but I do think it could be done more in moderation. If Americans began to shift our culture’s emphasis on sugar during Holidays and on to equally delicious healthier alternatives, perhaps we could start to counteract the growing obesity crisis, It’s important for the next generation to have a good quality of life, but that can be severely hampered by the health challenges caused by obesity and Diabetes. And that’s scarier than any witch or zombie.