[–] Charilko 0 points 13 points (+13|-0) ago 

I’d wager there are a few reasons why hospital food is like this.

A - budget and contractors. A hospital cafeteria is most likely run by a third-party contractor. This means the hospital has to pay a third party company. You now have two entities involved that want to keep costs as low as possible, while at least one of those entities wants to maximize profits. The catering company that has the contract has to have a menu that people want to eat, that has as low of a food cost as possible, and can be easily cooked by lower-wage employees. In other words, you get Wendy’s.

B - stress and comfort. People who frequent the hospital cafeteria are a mix of patients, family members, and staff. I can’t be sure of the exact percentages of each, but those are your main groups. All three of these groups are under stress, sometimes, a significant amount of it. Most people tend to like “comfort” food when stressed - fat and carbs, simple sugars, simple starches. Nobody views the hospital as an opportunity to “nurture your body” or whatever. You want to get the fuck out of there. Who cares if I have a cheeseburger? That sort of attitude. Nobody visiting their dying grandfather wants to think about quinoa and calorie-counting. I would suspect that staff also tends to comfort eat.

C - the hospital is not a place to get healthy. It’s a place you go to get diagnosed, get sewn up, eradicate your illness, and so on. It’s not a place we go for self-improvement. You go to the hospital to treat a specific problem and you get out. The cafeteria is not part of that. You go to some desert mountain retreat if you want food included as part of the overall treatment plan.

That’s just my guess. Should it be that way? Probably not. I’d say we feel better when we eat nutrient-dense food but if most people miss that connection out in the real world, they certainly aren’t going to make it after being stuck in the ER waiting room for six hours.

And good luck to you and your boyfriend. That must be hard. Good for you for sticking with him through it!

[–] PleaseDontEatMe 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

It's really sad because the first step to actually taking care of your body and getting well actually comes from the kinds of foods you eat. Good nutrition is essential for preventing disease and recovering from it.

It's just that western medicine ignores nutrition entirely and does not view natural food as medicine. Can't patent it so it doesn't count.

[–] PsychoClover 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Option B, so much this! I have a family member who’s been in the ICU for a week, and my family is basically now composed of two groups: those who are forgetting to eat entirely due to worrying about this person, and those who are stress-eating the fuck out of a lot of junk due to worrying about this person. I don’t know if having fresh, healthy, readily available food would help with that.

[–] yellowbutterfly 0 points 13 points (+13|-0) ago 

Good luck with his CF.

[–] enginedriver13 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Ditto--I read a couple essays/memoirs by people with CF, and it really sounds like a hard row to hoe, as they say.

And yes, I never understood why in (American) hospitals, the one place that's supposed to encourage health and recovery via good nutrition, the food is such garbage, both for visitors and patients...

[–] wanderingblade 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Good luck with cf. I am a researcher for a company that specializes in cf, I have actually worked for years on it. I won't say where it is but if you're in the community you will likely know. The impacts the medicines have been having is truly life changing and it inspires me every day to work harder knowing how many lives my work helped make better. I'm a small cog in the machine of thousands of employees who make it happen but still. Do you know what mutation he has? A new medicine was approved earlier this year in America and will be soon in other countries, it covers another set of people who weren't covered with the first 2 medications

[–] wanderingblade 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Please let me know if you have any questions at all or if I can refer you to the people who represent the company officially. I'm not sure what your boyfriends situation is like but some children who have mutations that are covered have gone from 8+ hours a day of breathing and other therapy to only a few, and their lifespan has expected to double. I hope that whatever type he has is able to be treated now or soon, and I hope all types will truly be conquered one day.

[–] SideOfFries [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Thank you for your work in saving so many lives!

He has delta508, so he’s been covered under symdeko and such, he actually had a lung transplant a year and a half ago, he’s just here for a simple tune up!

I’m pretty big (hehe pun intended) in the community so I’m trying to figure it out, but thank you so much, again!! Keep being you!

[–] thatoneoboist 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

My boyfriend also has CF so I'm in the same boat as you. You can always talk to me if you need to about it, it can be hard watching the one you love get sick at the drop of a hat. Mine just got out of the hospital with a picc line because of a flareup.

The diet there is great for someone with CF (my boyfriend also gets double portions because of the CF plus Ensures, which is fantastic), but it's totally unnecessary for anyone else. I usually don't eat much at the hospital for that reason. It's disgusting how a place that's meant to make you healthy is generally so greasy and fat- it doesn't set a good example in the slightest.

[–] SideOfFries [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Oh wow! Your comment actually made me feel so much better, I haven’t talked to many people that are with someone with CF!

Good luck to your boyfriend, as well! Mine also just got out of the hospital with a picc due to chronic rejection (he had to essentially get chemo).

The same goes to you, feel free to message me whenever! We’ve been together for 3 years, I went through his transplant with him and everything, and it’s always nice to talk to people in the same boat! :)

[–] BestUCanB 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

That’s odd. The hospital I went to has a strong salad bar, stir fry grill, bakery, some carb options like burgers and pizza, and grains like cereal and oatmeal.

I guess it depends on the hospital budget.

[–] BeetusChristFUPAStar 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

My local has a Costa coffee outlet plus numerous vending machines. You may as well put McDonalds or whatever in there. Not to mention food brought in by visitors too. You would like to think hospitals would be a haven for health, not beetus food and corporations.

[–] BestUCanB 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

There’s restaurants in hospitals?!

I thought they only had gift shops and churches.

[–] wildSHITLORDappeared 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Huh, weird. I work at a hospital and sure, you can get junk ala carte, but the regular menu always has lower cal options, both entree and sides.

[–] HippyHoney 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

My husband was born with some cundishuns too (not CF), and has a similar build. Couldn't gain weight if he wanted to (well, he'd like to gain a little). His issues also sometimes land him in the emergency room, but rarely needing to be accepted. Just saying I feel you... I hate being at the hospital... Best of luck with his condition.

[–] mmmmdonuts 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I think the reason they sell this crap is because it's what sells, and hospitals need to make money too... same goes for schools. But I mean, unhealthy food isn't usually the only thing they sell, there are usually some healthier things like salads and wraps.

I mean, I haven't been to every hospital in the world but I've been to lots in BC, and that's usually how it goes.

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