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Should the government regulate Fast Food?
Posted 5/27/13
People are just going to complain, "Wa wa wa, the government is taking away my rights to eat wah wah wah". And honestly, I don't want to hear about that. People can eat what the hell they want. It's not up to the government keep people in shape, they can promote healthy eating, but to intervene directly would be self-destruction, the people will not stand for it.

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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.


Why do you enjoy being overweight? What I mean is, the definition itself. Being defined as over or under weight ... wouldn't you rather be the right weight for you? I wouldn't enjoy being over or under weight. I've been underweight in the past. I'm just curious to to understand.
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GayAsianBoy wrote:

People are just going to complain, "Wa wa wa, the government is taking away my rights to eat wah wah wah". And honestly, I don't want to hear about that. People can eat what the hell they want. It's not up to the government keep people in shape, they can promote healthy eating, but to intervene directly would be self-destruction, the people will not stand for it.



simply put, you can never satisfy the people U_U first world problems :/


do whatever the hell you want (just don't blame me) :D
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No. Parents buy the food. It is the job of the PARENT to keep their child healthy. Not the restaurants. Parents buy food, not children. Same with adults themselves. They buy the damn food, the restaurant doesn't force it down their fat throats. The government should not regulate fast food or any other food for that matter.

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I only eat fast food occasionally, maybe once every few months at most (mainly because I find it doesn't fill me for long, plus it's expensive) and I can't imagine that I would ever want to get a 1000+ calorie burger, but if I did, I wouldn't want to find out that I couldn't because the government didn't want me to.

My view is that the government should provide information - for example, through the media, or through advertising campaigns, to make sure that we can make an informed choice. I also think there is an argument for making sure that the calories of that 1000-calorie burger are displayed prominently when people buy it - as an example, when I buy my food from my local supermarket, a lot of it has a "traffic light" system which shows how much sugar, salt, fat etc. is in it (I don't think it's compulsory here in the UK though, maybe it should be.) It might even be a good idea to limit their advertising, especially where it targets children.

As a rule, though, I'm against the government telling me what I can and can't do, unless it harms other people. Most people these days surely know that they should eat plenty of fresh vegetables and not too much sugar and fat, if they choose to eat McDonalds every day then it's their business, and my opinion is that the government has done its duty by providing the information. On the other hand, I also think that given that this is all common knowledge people who stuff their faces with fast food on a regular basis shouldn't complain about discrimination when they get fat.

Let's say that the government did start to regulate fast food. I wouldn't be affected by it much as I so rarely have it - but what would be next? How long before the things I like doing get regulated? I think it could be the thin end of the wedge.



Posted 5/27/13 , edited 5/27/13
You know what...FUCK IT!!! Just let people eat whatever the fuck they want and just let them die already!!! Don't save them because you'll only enable them, so just let it go; to be very honest I don't see the point in helping people who are not even willing to help themselves. So ---- FUCK IT!!! FUCK ALL OF IT!!! LET IT BURN!!!!!


Like the calories.

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Posted 5/27/13

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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.


Why do you enjoy being overweight? What I mean is, the definition itself. Being defined as over or under weight ... wouldn't you rather be the right weight for you? I wouldn't enjoy being over or under weight. I've been underweight in the past. I'm just curious to to understand.


Well.. For starters being overweight is no advantage or real disadvantage. It doesn't impair my love life, since that's all about charm rather then appearance. Ask Ron Jeremy or Hugh Hefner if you don't believe me.

Second I want to eat whatever I want. Regardless if it's healthy or not. What's the point of living even 1 more miserable year if you were eating nothing but spinach and tuna? Plus I, personally, don't wish to grow unnaturally old. Not that I'm exactly youthful or anything, but being in pain sucks. Everyone knows it. And If you look at old people, healthy or not, they're all in pain. Why would I want that?

Third It's the choices. If a government started regulating fast food or outright banning unhealthy foods, that would be a form of tyranny. It's not their job to do that. It's the individual's job to make sure they're within adequate health.
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no, government should stay out of it
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The government , here at least, regulates cigarette sales and alcohol sales, and gambling. I would not be upset if they were regulating the sale of fast food.
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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.


There is one problem with that train of thought. When you give the government aka a bureaucracy the power to control what you can and cannot eat of a certain type of food, you have NO CONTROL over what they will expand their limits on.

Also, I am 6'3" 162lbs and am a cross country runner and have been working on my upper body a bit more to even out my appearance. Should I told that I am not allowed to eat the amount of food I require to not be in a calorie deficit because of someones arbitrary numbers and ideas of what is good for everyone?

As far as people "not knowing" what is good for them is just a ridiculous assumption. Even the dumbest people have noticed by eating unhealthy food that they pay for it with their bodies by being overweight or in general not feeling very good. Between my parents and my own aggressive nature, I have noticed that I am very competitive. I must always be at the top. I found that as a kid I would stay outside and stay physically active instead of sitting inside playing video games eating garbage from dawn until dusk. I have noticed that the wonderful idea of "There are no winners or losers" has created an entire generation that does not seem to care because what is the point of trying harder if there is no advantage to it? Everyone seemed to think by removing competition you remove ridicule and that is just ignorant. Now the same people still get ridiculed but many others loose drive to do better because there is nothing to show for it. Just like when you were a kid and you got an A on a paper you would bring it home and show your parents. Wait, that could make other children feel sad that they did not do as well. So what we should do is make all the children get the same grade right? We do not want anyone to feel left out or be made fun of for not doing so well.

Peer pressure can be used for good and bad. When I train with my marine friend he uses peer pressure to keep me moving forward and not giving up. What needs to happen is a change in peer pressure to have people actually are about themselves. It will take time for it to happen but will be many times more powerful and successful government program that forces people to change instead of convincing people to change of their own will.
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I don't believe so, I mean we as a country have the right and freedom to do as we please whenever it comes to the individual. If you want to be anorexic, so be it same with being obese. I do know that President Obama's wife Michelle Obama is trying to regulate food within the education system (schools). Apparently, she's trying to have wasted vegetables and fruits be eaten instead of thrown away. More less, forcing the child to eat everything on their plate getting the nutrients they need.

#FASTFOOD4LIFE. haha.
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Heck no, fast food is a 'problem' that gets blown out of proportion. There are some things that need to be regulated, fast food is not one of them beyond putting rules in place to make sure the food is 'safe' to eat
I'm just fine with their being rules in place to make sure I don't get a tapeworm from stopping for a burger, but we don't need people in power telling us that there is a limit on how many burgers you can buy
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dh90 wrote:


eegah87 wrote:

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.


There is one problem with that train of thought. When you give the government aka a bureaucracy the power to control what you can and cannot eat of a certain type of food, you have NO CONTROL over what they will expand their limits on.

Also, I am 6'3" 162lbs and am a cross country runner and have been working on my upper body a bit more to even out my appearance. Should I told that I am not allowed to eat the amount of food I require to not be in a calorie deficit because of someones arbitrary numbers and ideas of what is good for everyone?

As far as people "not knowing" what is good for them is just a ridiculous assumption. Even the dumbest people have noticed by eating unhealthy food that they pay for it with their bodies by being overweight or in general not feeling very good. Between my parents and my own aggressive, I must always be at the top nature, I found that as a kid I would stay outside and stay physically active instead of sitting inside playing video games eating garbage from dawn until dusk. I have noticed that the wonderful idea of "There are no winners or losers" has created an entire generation that does not seem to care because what is the point of trying harder if there is no advantage to it? Everyone seemed to think by removing competition you remove ridicule and that is just ignorant. Now the same people still get ridiculed but many others loose drive to do better because there is nothing to show for it. Just like when you were a kid and you got an A on a paper you would bring it home and show your parents. Wait, that could make other children feel sad that they did not do as well. So what we should do is make all the children get the same grade right? We do not want anyone to feel left out or be made fun of for not doing so well.

Peer pressure can be used for good and bad. When I train with my marine friend he uses peer pressure to keep me moving forward and not giving up. What needs to happen is a change in peer pressure to have people actually are about themselves. It will take time for it to happen but will be many times more powerful and successful government program that forces people to change instead of convincing people to change of their own will.


Very well stated. The government should be focusing on more important issues and the citizens ought to be keeping themselves in check, at least when it comes to these very personal types of daily decisions. Proposing these types of silly, little laws are the type that show how truly lazy we've become as a nation. No, seriously, it's your responsibility. Nobody is shoveling unhealthy fast food down your throat. It's your choice that you eat it and pay no regards to your health, and the government can't and shouldn't be responsible for that. People also have a crazy variance in dietary requirements, based on age and sex and build and metabolism and sometimes certain disorders.

Having these regulations in place would be stupid because:
A. There is no way to really enforce this. Unless you want to spend more of our taxes on coming up with a whole new system to ensure than the daily amount of food purchased or eaten by one person is put in place, which is almost impossible, this is bound to be just another of the thousands of 'dead' laws and bills that nobody cares about and nobody cares to enforce. We'd just be wasting our time talking about it and wasting money putting it in place.

B. The punishment for breaking this law would certainly be heavier than necessary. What'll you do? Prison time? Yeah, overcrowd our prisons more with people who did nothing really wrong. A fat bill? Make people more poor and cheap fast food will look more appealing. Go to court? Yeah, and slow down the entire court system even more. Be hit for a misdemeanor on your record every time you eat too much in a day? Hey, mister, your record is full of dings, we're not lending you money for that new house. There's really no fitting punishment for breaking this law that would be fair, should it (God forbid) ever be.

C. It gives the government too much control over us. What is stopping them from regulating EVERYTHING that has a potential risk? In life, EVERYTHING has a risk. Being too sheltered and never taking any is detrimental to us because risk is a factor in literally everything we do. Next thing you know, people will be trying to regulate how much water you can drink in a day or how long you can wear your contact lenses or how many hours you can sleep. Yes, we begin with a free country, make the government regulate us and lock ourselves into our proverbial cells. And then, we complain.

D. The US is poor. The government doesn't have the funds and shouldn't be bothering with these stupid little things that people ought to be responsible for themselves. The US has, by far, the most people in prison compared to any other country. Thousands of law are forgotten or otherwise non-applicable every year (ie. we spend the time and money putting them in place and in the end they don't do anything). All this money for prisons and enforcement has to come from somewhere. Us. We tell our government to come up with these silly, useless regulations and then complain about how they are cutting back public funding as a result? Come on, now.
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Simple answer. No.

People have to take some personal responsibility. If you are 30 years old and chowing down McDonald's everyday and get sick, you have no one to blame but yourself. At this point in time, it is a well known fact that fast food is bad for you. If you have it maybe a couple of times a month it's not big deal, but if you have it everyday, you WILL get fat and you WILL probably start suffering from all sorts of health issues.

As far as children go, it is the responsibility of the parent to ensure that they eat right. No one should have to have big brother telling you how to live. If you need the government to tell you that it's bad to eat fast food all the time, then you probably shouldn't be allowed to reproduce.
Posted 5/27/13
No. If you're really concerned about you're own health, perhaps you're the one who should control it. We all have self control, we just let ourselves give into temptation.
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