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Should the government regulate Fast Food?
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Well, like the majority on this topic's commenters. I agree that the government should play no part in limiting fast food, unless it poses an illegal risk. Like ground up mice and mold in your McDoubles. As long as ingredients are fresh, safe, and legal. I don't care if everyone stuffs it down their gullet.

I'm not morbidly obese or anything, In fact I don't have a BMI over 30. But I do enjoy being overweight. It's my choice. I don't feel compelled to diet unless I want to. I want to die knowing I ate whatever I wanted to. Regardless if I do become extremely overweight in the future.
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Posted 5/26/13
no..........just because i eat fast food everyday doesnt mean im not healthy
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koji8123 wrote:

Well, like the majority on this topic's commenters. I agree that the government should play no part in limiting fast food, unless it poses an illegal risk. Like ground up mice and mold in your McDoubles. As long as ingredients are fresh, safe, and legal. I don't care if everyone stuffs it down their gullet.

I'm not morbidly obese or anything, In fact I don't have a BMI over 30. But I do enjoy being overweight. It's my choice. I don't feel compelled to diet unless I want to. I want to die knowing I ate whatever I wanted to. Regardless if I do become extremely overweight in the future.


I agree, I was confused as to what "regulate" in this question meant. Some ingredients, such as trans fat, are banned in certain states. And wasn't there a law stating all places had to give nutritional facts? Isn't that a form of government regulation?
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Uh. No. That's the problem with the US. It's become such a 'nanny' country. The difference in how much weight the law has on daily life is readily apparent when you visit other countries. Here, we are restricted by many unnecessary laws and the police have too much power and we are told we live in a free country even though it's definitely less free than any of the other countries I've been to. There will be problems with every restriction imposed upon us. The US does not seem to understand that more laws are not necessarily more beneficial for the people.

IMO, stuff that would be common sense in other countries (ie. labeling a jar of peanut butter with a stupid peanut warning label) are issues here in the US. People seem to sue for fun and they complain about everything. Go elsewhere and people will laugh at you for attempting to sue for eating peanuts when you're allergic to them. Seriously, is it THAT hard not to do stupid ****? People who do that will weed themselves out of the gene pool and should not be stopped. Don't eat stuff you know you're allergic to, don't drink Monster if you know you have a bad heart, don't eat greasy, fatty foods 24/7 if you don't wish to become fat and unhealthy. Ultimately, YOU are responsible for your own such choices and, frankly, you deserve whatever happens to you if you ignore common knowledge and try to pin down everything that's wrong on the government.

The more you want to make the government do for you, the more excuses it has to milk you of your money and squander that tax revenue.
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considering 90% of ALL American's are overweight and continue to ignore their health issues blaming others the government should just step up and regulate it. If we don't push it on people kids wont change and we will continue to get worse.
Posted 5/26/13
I wish people would quit generalizing everyone in this country, because not everyone is overweight or cares little about their weight, health and what they eat.

The only reason I would want the government involved with food is to make sure companies keep their workplace clean and do their job thoroughly so there won't be so many recalls on food that was contaminated, not pay farmers to stop farming because that makes no sense to me the reason why the government does that, and improve the FDA. I'm not sure if everyone lists everything in the nutritional facts, so it would be nice if the government make sure that is mandatory.

I'm not sure what the government could do to control fast food in America besides making sure they businesses use fresh produce and no harmful chemicals.
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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?


No, if they are going to do that, then they need first get off their asses and get the crap that is in our (normal) "healthy" food supply, like pesticides, hormones, HFCS, dyes, certain preservatives, GMOs, added salt, added sugar....etc. They also need to quit messing with the cost of our food supply.
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koji8123 wrote:

Well, like the majority on this topic's commenters. I agree that the government should play no part in limiting fast food, unless it poses an illegal risk. Like ground up mice and mold in your McDoubles. As long as ingredients are fresh, safe, and legal. I don't care if everyone stuffs it down their gullet.

I'm not morbidly obese or anything, In fact I don't have a BMI over 30. But I do enjoy being overweight. It's my choice. I don't feel compelled to diet unless I want to. I want to die knowing I ate whatever I wanted to. Regardless if I do become extremely overweight in the future.


lol, the sad thing is that it's not the illegal mice and mold that's so bad, it's the perfectly legal ammonia that they process the meat with that turns me off.


Edit: on topic, if even the Israelis can't keep fast food out of Gaza then what hope does the US have of regulating it?
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/16/world/middleeast/tunneling-kfc-to-gazans-craving-the-world-outside.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
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Our income regulates food enough, we don't need the government to step in just because people are too lazy to make their own food or cant afford to spend $5 on a box of cereal.
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Feia20032 wrote:

Our income regulates food enough, we don't need the government to step in just because people are too lazy to make their own food or cant afford to spend $5 on a box of cereal.


That is another problem right there. Why does a box of puffed rice or wheat cost $5? Exactly. I have found that the government is the most inefficient business in the world. It is the only one that produces nothing, charges an astronomical amount of money, and yet, cannot manage to keep it out of the red.
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Yes. It's killing everybody.. At least tax it or something. You can get a big ass cola for 99 cents but a water bottle is 2.00 to 3.00 bucks.

A girl in my class last semester had an excellent research paper and one of the points was that it's actually more expensive to eat healthy and it costs less to be obese, or fat (unhealthy). It's interesting because back in the Medeval times, being fat meant you were healthy (or rich, more of a status symbol) but now it's just becoming insane. Whole families eat at McDonalds because it's cheap. They're purposely lowering prices on fatty foods and not to mention soda is hella bad for you too. I've fallen to soda even although I drink a lot less than I used to.

They don't need to regulate it but, something needs to be done. A tax or something. I mean they tax the hell out of cigarettes, so why not food? It's up there in the list with cigarettes and alcohol related deaths.

But like I said, if there was a place that sold healthy food for cheaper, I think people would go. But most of it is just families and with 2 or 3 kids, it costs 100$ to eat a good restaurant, while less than 20 at McDonalds. If we didn't have ads and capitilism shoved in our faces every second of every damn day, maybe people would have more willpower. There's just so many fast foods places, and when people have to work they are looking for something right there and quick; convenience. Anyway, that's my thoughts.


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Yes. It's killing everybody.. At least tax it or something. You can get a big ass cola for 99 cents but a water bottle is 2.00 to 3.00 bucks.

A girl in my class last semester had an excellent research paper and one of the points was that it's actually more expensive to eat healthy and it costs less to be obese, or fat (unhealthy). It's interesting because back in the Medeval times, being fat meant you were healthy (or rich, more of a status symbol) but now it's just becoming insane. Whole families eat at McDonalds because it's cheap. They're purposely lowering prices on fatty foods and not to mention soda is hella bad for you too. I've fallen to soda even although I drink a lot less than I used to.

They don't need to regulate it but, something needs to be done. A tax or something. I mean they tax the hell out of cigarettes, so why not food? It's up there in the list with cigarettes and alcohol related deaths.

But like I said, if there was a place that sold healthy food for cheaper, I think people would go. But most of it is just families and with 2 or 3 kids, it costs 100$ to eat a good restaurant, while less than 20 at McDonalds. If we didn't have ads and capitilism shoved in our faces every second of every damn day, maybe people would have more willpower. There's just so many fast foods places, and when people have to work they are looking for something right there and quick; convenience. Anyway, that's my thoughts.


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You have to understand why that fast food costs less than a "good restaurant" and even then the "good" restaurant is not that great. People want flavor over all other things. The easiest way to do this is by using salt and fat. Plain and simple. If you actually want to eat healthy like I do, I go to Costco or Sam's club and buy bulk beans, rice, chicken, Romaine lettuce, celery, carrots, etc. IT IS CHEAPER than what I could get at fast food per meal. It takes time, energy, and cooking skill to know how to prepare healthy ingredients and still be healthy. I for one find fatty and salty food disgusting. I cannot stand it. I have made a CHOICE to be healthy others choose not to because "its too hard". Oh and by the way, if you really think government regulation makes things cheaper or easier you have not been involved with the government very much. Example: Under the Affordable Health Care Act my premiums for my health insurance have more than doubled. If it was affordable, why has the cost gone up? It is more about taking money to use as they see fit. Just like where I live here in California where last November everyone thought it would be a great idea to have an extra .25% sales tax that goes to education. EXCEPT no one knows how to read because it says in the summary of the bill, NOT EVEN HIDDEN, that it goes to education AND the general fund. In other words, it all goes to the general fund. This has been noted by many schools since they have the same or less funding than previous years. (This is coming from the principle of an Orange County high school, not going say more than that) Everyone cries out for the government to do something but they always seem to take advantage of everything and throw in all the goodies they really want to go along with the "feel good" title helping the bill cruise right on through. But I am sure something will get passed and not litigated out of existence eventually. That is the future of our country where no one wants to be responsible for themselves.
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Well I don't really see anything wrong with the government putting regulations in place that control how much salt, sugar, chemicals, ect. are added to foods. And I don't see anything wrong with them putting limits on portion size. I think there should be more regulation on processed foods in general not just with fast food.

A lot of people are saying that people should have the right to eat whatever they want, but the truth is that most people don't know what they are eating and don't bother to find out. That thought process will just end up costing everyone more money with all the medical problems that people will develop later in life due their unhealthy eating habits.
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Hell no.
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