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America loves their right to get fat and will do as much as they can to protect that right.

Do you think it's the government's responsibility to make sure the nation is healthy?

*The question at hand is not so much about government regulating people, but rather regulating the fast food industry.
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I would say no, it's the parents responsibility. If you look at the school system, combined with the eating habits at home, there's a very nasty 1-2 combo happening with children's eating habits.

As adults? Well, they have upbringing and personal choices they can or cannot make and in such cases have chosen wrong. You can look at any number of reality TV shows to see there's an endless supply of muck ups running around.
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I grew up in a family in which we got fast food maybe once a month if that. It shouldn't be the governments job to regulate what people eat but rather the people themselves. I would like to think that people have enough common sense to figure out eating poor foods is bad for you. Then again, how they live their lives doesn't effect me.
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The more involvement the government has with what choices their citizens have, the closer we'll be to not having the same rights we hold most dear. It's not really about their "right to get fat", more so just their right to be able to make a decision of their own. Ultimately, no matter how much they try to regulate it, people will find ways around it. What's stopping someone from grabbing two pounds of minced meat and making a massive, greasy, nasty burger that's 5-6x more grams of fat or kcals? Nothing. Unless you suppose that all people should be given a set amount of credit/points that allows them to be only capable of purchasing x amount of y within a certain amount of time. Fast food just makes it more easily obtainable, not much effort involved. All of those horrible things can easily be made at home, limitlessly.

Let the person regulate their eating habits, not any government.
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ninjitsuko wrote:

The more involvement the government has with what choices their citizens have, the closer we'll be to not having the same rights we hold most dear. It's not really about their "right to get fat", more so just their right to be able to make a decision of their own. Ultimately, no matter how much they try to regulate it, people will find ways around it. What's stopping someone from grabbing two pounds of minced meat and making a massive, greasy, nasty burger that's 5-6x more grams of fat or kcals? Nothing. Unless you suppose that all people should be given a set amount of credit/points that allows them to be only capable of purchasing x amount of y within a certain amount of time. Fast food just makes it more easily obtainable, not much effort involved. All of those horrible things can easily be made at home, limitlessly.

Let the person regulate their eating habits, not any government.
Let the person regulate gun control, not any government.
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No. The government should only provide information/education about healthy eating, whether or not people take it on board is a matter of personal responsibility.
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FlyinDumpling wrote:
Let the person regulate gun control, not any government.


Totally different topic/conversation. I have a different view on gun control. I just lack any desire to have the government have full control over anything. The original proclamation was "We The People" - the government just pushes more and more separatism agenda, making us fight amongst ourselves nowadays. They do very little for the citizens at this point. I just see very little point in allowing them to regulate food beyond organizations such as the USDA (yet, even then, they make it insanely difficult to sell organic/non-GMO food with their absurdly unreasonable standards).
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No. I like me some Wendy's.
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No. People need to make their own choices, it should be common sense by now that eating to much crap is bad.
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It should be the responsilbity of the people, not the government, to control what the hell they put into their bodies. You get fat? IT'S YOUR DAMN FAULT, not mine and my tax payer's dollars shouldn't be paying for you.

In fact, it's not the responsiblity of the government to be telling us how to control our lives period. So how the hell can anyone in this thread even agree with regulating fast food? Hell take out fast food and insert anything else into this discussion!
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FlyinDumpling wrote:

America loves their right to get fat and will do as much as they can to protect that right.

Do you think it's the government's responsibility to make sure the nation is healthy?


If we want to get fat that's our right. Should we be made aware of the health risks, yes, to a degree. I'm not saying graphics of diseases on the top of your big mac box (like some want to do on cigarette cartons)
Posted 5/26/13 , edited 5/26/13

FlyinDumpling wrote:

America loves their right to get fat and will do as much as they can to protect that right.

Do you think it's the government's responsibility to make sure the nation is healthy?


As they say, "the road to hell is paved with good intentions" and I would not trust them to do in way that's actually useful. Instead any such legislation would either be corrupted by lobbyist or litigated out of existence just like New York's attempt to regulate sugary drinks.

They say school lunches are suppose to be healthy but apparently that is not necessarily the case at least according to one grade school documentary film maker and his YUCK documentary.
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ninjitsuko wrote:


FlyinDumpling wrote:
Let the person regulate gun control, not any government.


Totally different topic/conversation. I have a different view on gun control. I just lack any desire to have the government have full control over anything. The original proclamation was "We The People" - the government just pushes more and more separatism agenda, making us fight amongst ourselves nowadays. They do very little for the citizens at this point. I just see very little point in allowing them to regulate food beyond organizations such as the USDA (yet, even then, they make it insanely difficult to sell organic/non-GMO food with their absurdly unreasonable standards).


We the people has now become, I the government.
Posted 5/26/13 , edited 5/26/13
Small franchises in the Fast Food business bring good money to the economy i think.

Most Americans also pay for health care so i don't see the incentive to regulate anything.
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Considering how well the FDA handles things as it is, that's going to be a GIANT Hell No from me. The constant allowance of tainted food into public assumption, pressuring some companies to expose everything in their products but turning a blind eye to others, ok-ing the release of generic medications without testing them on the basis that the name brand works..........these are all things that tell me that if the government started controlling everything I ate, I wouldn't be much better off if I eat fast food everyday for every meal.
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