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Should the government regulate Fast Food?
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Government regulation means creation of committees, creation of committees mean more taxes to fund those committees. We already pay enough taxes

No but for real it's up to the individual, and if the government regulated consumption of fast food it would hinder the economic performance of an industry that employees a lot of individuals and is important to the overall growth of a national economy.
Posted 5/26/13 , edited 5/26/13
If the people want to get fat and obese then let them do so, if anything mass consumption has become an American pastime; fuck baseball it is all about consumption and it is the civic duty of all Americans to be hyper active consumers. Also if you don't have a hot dog or any other food stuffed in your mouth, you sir or ma'am are unpatriotic. So people please! Buy more things!

As for the government stay the fuck out of people's business if they want to eat and be obese that's their lifestyle and choice, just pay for the hospital bills and mind your own fucking business.
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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?


Nope but it IS the government's responsibility to let us know what they are putting into our food.

Government restrictions on food: BAD

Government Labeling and truth in advertising regulations: GOOD.

IMO.

I certainly feel that I have the right to know if what I'm about to put in my mouth is GMO or not. (F-you Monsanto)

Posted 5/26/13
The government should not be responsible nor held responsible for the fast food eating habits of the nation. Economy has alot to do with how people eat. A lot of organic "healthy" food is not cheap. In my city people consume McDonald's, Burger King and Sonic for every meal. People have the decision to chose what to put in their bodies. If its fake meat of burgers from McDonald's they choose to eat then so be it. But although the government has alot of wrong doings, fast food is not their responsibility, despite our freedoms and rights.
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Stupid to regulate something that is not big of a deal. If you like the food, you eat it, if not then you don't.

Couldn't even eat my lasagna cause my kitten ran to shove her face in it! T.T Then she attacked me and threw a fit after I took her away from it.
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Obesity is quite a serious problem financially as it puts (if you'll pardon the pun) unnecessary strain on the National Health Service in the UK and other countries health services too (obviously). Like smoking but worse.

It's truly chronic that governments may actually have to regulate multi-national companies like Mcdonald's and Coca Cola to reduce sugar and other obesity-related contents, because people either choose to avoid tackling weight issues or just assume someone else will pay for it. Though it could be argued these companies need regulating anyway. It's still incredible.

Of course, it is an individual's own responsibility if they become obsese through poor diet / life-style choices. However it effects society too.
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Absolutely NOT!

That's our duty!!
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HimitsuUK wrote:

Obesity is quite a serious problem financially as it puts (if you'll pardon the pun) unnecessary strain on the National Health Service in the UK and other countries health services too (obviously). Like smoking but worse.

It's truly chronic that governments may actually have to regulate multi-national companies like Mcdonald's and Coca Cola to reduce sugar and other obesity-related contents, because people either choose to avoid tackling weight issues or just assume someone else will pay for it. Though it could be argued these companies need regulating anyway. It's still incredible.

Of course, it is an individual's own responsibility if they become obsese through poor diet / life-style choices. However it effects society too.


Despite it being a "problem" for the NHS, the government over there is just as faulty as the one here. The UK government is pushing to make only GMO products available; which will only encourage the rise in obesity due to how these modified products slow down metabolism and raise fat production. Due to the fact that government follows the trends as to what will make them the most amount of money from lobbyists (including the House of Commons/Parliament), so it doesn't really matter much when someone says that a company should be regulated like that. Yes, they should (in a way). I don't mind the companies being regulated to some degree, but the citizen shouldn't be.

I wouldn't necessarily say that it "effects society". NHS is having its own fair share of problems right now, with the government trying to figure out a way to subsidize it or allow it to fall into the illogical process of privatization. Something that it's had bouts with from time to time over the course of its existence, so that's not really going to change just because obesity is at an all-time high (internationally). It's really, more so than anything, a fear tactic to make people think that obesity is the sole cause of these problems. The NHS has had issues constantly due the rise in population and extended average life span of the more recent generations (past 2-3 generations, at least); as well as the rising costs of employees (due to the economic problems that are struggling most countries right now).

In the end, it's always going to be the responsibility of the citizen to keep themselves healthy. Universal health care systems (like the NHS) are good, but they can't be expected to do everything either.
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The fact that you need to ask such a question serves only to reinforce Washington’s belief that American citizens are too stupid to know what is good for them and it is up to the government to make decisions for them.
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no because they know what they're getting and just shift blame to make themselves the victim. Happens all the time and in many different ways but the fact is people never want to take responsibility for their own actions. If they order the quadruple bacon burger I think they deserve the heart attack that's coming to them.
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I will eat what I damn well feel like eating . If the government has a problem with it too f&*#in bad. They already pissed me off with the gun control laws although from what I hear from the police department where my dad works, Texas is going to ignore those restrictions anyway.
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ninjitsuko wrote:


HimitsuUK wrote:

Obesity is quite a serious problem financially as it puts (if you'll pardon the pun) unnecessary strain on the National Health Service in the UK and other countries health services too (obviously). Like smoking but worse.

It's truly chronic that governments may actually have to regulate multi-national companies like Mcdonald's and Coca Cola to reduce sugar and other obesity-related contents, because people either choose to avoid tackling weight issues or just assume someone else will pay for it. Though it could be argued these companies need regulating anyway. It's still incredible.

Of course, it is an individual's own responsibility if they become obsese through poor diet / life-style choices. However it effects society too.


Despite it being a "problem" for the NHS, the government over there is just as faulty as the one here. The UK government is pushing to make only GMO products available; which will only encourage the rise in obesity due to how these modified products slow down metabolism and raise fat production. Due to the fact that government follows the trends as to what will make them the most amount of money from lobbyists (including the House of Commons/Parliament), so it doesn't really matter much when someone says that a company should be regulated like that. Yes, they should (in a way). I don't mind the companies being regulated to some degree, but the citizen shouldn't be.

I wouldn't necessarily say that it "effects society". NHS is having its own fair share of problems right now, with the government trying to figure out a way to subsidize it or allow it to fall into the illogical process of privatization. Something that it's had bouts with from time to time over the course of its existence, so that's not really going to change just because obesity is at an all-time high (internationally). It's really, more so than anything, a fear tactic to make people think that obesity is the sole cause of these problems. The NHS has had issues constantly due the rise in population and extended average life span of the more recent generations (past 2-3 generations, at least); as well as the rising costs of employees (due to the economic problems that are struggling most countries right now).

In the end, it's always going to be the responsibility of the citizen to keep themselves healthy. Universal health care systems (like the NHS) are good, but they can't be expected to do everything either.


I'm not sure why you used so many quotation marks if you were already quoting me, however ... Of course it affects society in the UK. Not to labour the point but obese people are part of our (the UK's or the United State's) society. However if you disagree that's fine.

About subsidies, the NHS is a subsidy. Everyone (theoretically and ideally at least) pays into it for the benefit of everyone through taxation. It's completely different to how things work in the USA, however that isn't what the issue is about. I don't live in the USA so I couldn't possibly comment ...

About privatisation. The NHS will not be privatised. Some right-wing, old back-benchers in the Conservative party might salivate over the idea but it just won't happen. 'Period'. I'll happily eat 100 hats if it does happen, but it won't. I love the NHS and it's saved my life and for all it's faults I wouldn't want it any other way.
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A company can tell you that they sell healthy food, give you estimation of reduction in say salt. Further studies are taken and nope it was not true.

What you know is important and thus it can never be solely up to the individual.

Although the idea is absurd to many (if you have good knowledge of how regulations work), what you deny is the power of having a voice which the Original Poster is trying to point out in a weird way.
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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.
Who actually thinks "I learned from my mom/teacher that fast food is bad, So I won't eat that triple decker". No, they say "fuck it I'll eat that shit" Why? because I did it too, and so did every last one of you. Jokes aside.

Government is shady in everything that's part of the educational system. You know the food pyramid? They probably still teach that crap in school. A little teeny section for vegetable and a large chunk for your cereal and carbs. That's going to make America fat.

Apparently America doesn't have enough common sense to figure out that eating poor foods is bad for them because statistics does not need to prove that America is the fattest country in the world, and it lives up to it's name by being the dumbest.

Fast food places should not be allowed to sell burgers that are over 1000 calories for public consumption. There are obviously good intentions in enforcing better eating habits. And it's not even enforcing, no one is standing in military position stating what food they have had every week.

And by not regulating what fast food companies can do, isn't that just a leeway way for companies to push their economic goals at the expense of people? Companies exploit people by knowingly giving them an unhealthy product which they make money out of by their consumption.

Not only do companies make big bucks by making the country sick, they also have angry fat people crusading on their behalf

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Posted 5/26/13 , edited 5/26/13

HimitsuUK wrote:

I'm not sure why you used so many quotation marks if you were already quoting me, however ... Of course it affects society in the UK. Not to labour the point but obese people are part of our (the UK's or the United State's) society. However if you disagree that's fine.

About subsidies, the NHS is a subsidy. Everyone (theoretically and ideally at least) pays into it for the benefit of everyone through taxation. It's completely different to how things work in the USA, however that isn't what the issue is about. I don't live in the USA so I couldn't possibly comment ...

About privatisation. The NHS will not be privatised. Some right-wing, old back-benchers in the Conservative party might salivate over the idea but it just won't happen. 'Period'. I'll happily eat 100 hats if it does happen, but it won't. I love the NHS and it's saved my life and for all it's faults I wouldn't want it any other way.


Oh, don't get me wrong, when I lived in the UK (and planning on moving back within the next year) I loved the NHS. People complained about its speed; yet, it's free and it does save many lives. Yes, I was more so saying that the costs of obesity (financially speaking) aren't directly effecting society - but the health problems that an obese person faces does, I will agree to. The United States lacks any form of universal health care, simple as that. Many politically-inclined (both left/right-politically minded) people are up in arms about "Obamacare", yet it's already making health insurance cheaper for most people. The only people that are going to be paying more when all of the bill goes through are those with severe pre-existing conditions (older people, especially). Regardless, it's not even close to universal health care - too many Americans are adamantly against the idea (don't ask me why, it doesn't seem to make a lick of sense to me..). NHS shouldn't be privatised, no. And yeah, it's normally the Conservatives that cause such an uproar. However, there are plenty of near-privatised forms of NHS floating in the country as it is (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-22268417). I would suggest not saying "never" or that it "won't happen". People aren't watching things closely enough and these things will happen. :/



FlyinDumpling wrote:

Who actually thinks "I learned from my mom/teacher that fast food is bad, So I won't eat that triple decker". No, they say "fuck it I'll eat that shit" Why? because I did it too, and so did every last one of you. Jokes aside.


I spent a while thinking similarly, that it didn't matter what I ate and so on. Now, I'm not quite a vegetarian - but I do eat mainly vegetables (even veggie burgers). But fast food can go screw itself. I find it sickening, gross, and disturbing. I don't eat any type of pork (especially not bacon). I seldom eat beef unless it's steak (as we all should know the crap they sell as "minced meat" [hamburger meat?] was pink slime).. so no thank you. I get my beef from local farms that refuse to have GMO livestock. If they're not open or have already sold what they had for the month, I go to a somewhat local (45 miles) butcher that they've sold it to. lol. I am guilty of eating Indian or Chinese food from time to time - but both from organic/non-GMO sources.



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