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should unhealthy foods be outlawed/regulated??

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  • set portion control (ie, no more mega size meals)

    1 1.92%
  • set health restrictions (ie, no trans fats, limit the amount of fat and calories allowed in a serving)

    8 15.38%
  • Both portion control and health control

    9 17.31%
  • Obliterate fast food completely, theres no need for it

    7 13.46%
  • nothing, keep the fast food coming.

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    Question should unhealthy foods be outlawed/regulated??

    i was talking with a friend today, and after reminding them that i dont like sugary foods when asked why i didnt want sugar with my coffee. we got into a conversation on unhealthy foods, and we hit something that seemed like a good idea to me, anyone else think that the "obesity epidemic" will get so bad that they will have to put health restrictions on fast food restaraurants and such, ie only able to sell a certain amount to a single person within a certain amount of time. portion control on the sizes of their meals, and the ingredients used (no trans fats etc etc).

    not only that but what about restrictions on how unhealthy a meal can be that is sold. or foods in general.

    id say that restrictions should be put on fast food places on how unhealhty they can be, and definately a restriction on their portion sizes for people.

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    they would never restrict how much you're able to buy but it think setting health restrictions is a viable soloution.

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    america is about freedom...if all the fat asses want fat foods then they should have it...do we outlaw or regulate nicotine,caffeine,alcohol,etc.... im sure everyone knows how bad the food is, all they have to do is look in the mirror, its their choice

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    Quote Originally Posted by kraziplaya
    do we outlaw or regulate nicotine,caffeine,alcohol,etc.... im sure
    yes nicotine caffeine and alcohol are all regulated

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    I think the key is proper education.

    As far as nutrition goes; I remember health class in third grade when they made us memorize the food pyramid. That is the extent of what they teach kids now-a-days.

    That makes me sick.

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    It would never happen, but it's a damn good idea and it would make dieting a lot easier

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    They will never do it
    Think about it.. if we don't have fast-food, we won't have obesity . and when don't have obesity this country won't make any buisness, especially medically

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    Quote Originally Posted by sara
    They will never do it
    Think about it.. if we don't have fast-food, we won't have obesity . and when don't have obesity this country won't make any buisness, especially medically
    Very true. These raging health care costs....... wouldn't matter. That would screw all the big wigs.

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    People should be responsible for themselves. The government should not restrict people's freedom of choice especially when the choice they make only affects themselves.

    The capitalist solution would be a "healthy" fast food place, which would offer an alternative to the greasy big mac with fries and a milkshake.

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    there are places like that, but people never go to them because they dont think of them the same way. and things are regulated like caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol actually. and when you think about it, when people constantly eat fast food and all that, it doesnt just affect them, it affects everyone who is around them.

    i have a feeling something will come down on the fast food industry in the next 10 years or so when 90% of the population is considered overweight or obese

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    I don't think anythign should be outlawed. I love how in this society no one wants to accept the blame. It is always someone elses fault. Fat fucks eat at McDonald's and then they have the never to say that McDonlads made them that way and McDonalds got them sick. It is their own fault. No one to blame but themself. Like people that sue the tobacco co. when they get cancer. Are you kidding me? People are pathetic. I say, everythign should be legal and just let the dumb asses do as they please and we can sort the bodies out. Survival of the fittest...I am all for it.
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    Lots of socialists on this board. Is that right? Do what's best for society, forget the individual? Fuck that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brogers
    People should be responsible for themselves.
    I completly agree with that!

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    Obesity is an epidemic in this country, it is now reaching young children. Health care costs will continue to rise because of obesity and all of it's effects, i.e. diabeties, cardiac surgeriers (clogged arteries), etc. which effects us all monetarily.

    I think the FDA should step in and enforce the level of saturated fat in fast food, the biggest issue is the vegetable oil that is used to cook french fries and other fired foods. I think the FDA should require all restaurants to use saflower or canola oil for frying.


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    I don't think it should be regulated. Let people do as they please, that's what makes America great. Besides, it's population control.
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    I think a big fast food chain should offer a whole new selection of actual healthier foods in addition to thier current selection to offer more choice. There is a lot of potential money to be made in such an industry, and they would already have the name and buying power as well as locations. If I ever become the CEO of McDonald's, that's what I'm doing.

    Oh, and to add, such regulations do exist in certain areas, such as the National School Lunch Program. However, such standards are low.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P-funk
    I don't think anythign should be outlawed. I love how in this society no one wants to accept the blame. It is always someone elses fault. Fat fucks eat at McDonald's and then they have the never to say that McDonlads made them that way and McDonalds got them sick. It is their own fault. No one to blame but themself. Like people that sue the tobacco co. when they get cancer. Are you kidding me? People are pathetic. I say, everythign should be legal and just let the dumb asses do as they please and we can sort the bodies out. Survival of the fittest...I am all for it.
    im all for survival of the fittest thing, take warning labels off of things like hairdryers stating do not use near water, sun visors telling you to not operate a vehicle with it in place....... that kind of stuff too, but what about the kids of all these parents who are lazy fucks and wont cook for their kids, so they feed the kids fast food every other night or so, and then the kids grow up obese, depressed, and all that other fun stuff because their parents were dumbasses? in fact i was one of those kids that was given fast food at least 3 times a week because my parents didnt feel like cooking, so i got to grow up that way. is that really fair to some point? sure theres lots of overweight older people who i could less than a crap about because they got that way later in life, im more concerned with the next generation of kids and people who are going to be so damn unhealthy because of it

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    exactly, that is what I said above, it is causing obesity in innocent kids.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncans Donuts
    Lots of socialists on this board. Is that right? Do what's best for society, forget the individual? Fuck that.
    As usual, I agree with you.

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    I'm all for a junk food tax with parts of the tax going to health care related to unhealthy diets other parts to real education about eating healthy and the final part to bringing the cost of eating healthy down. I mean why do some foods cost more if they're natural than an equivalent that's had preservatives and other processes added to it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by P-funk
    I don't think anythign should be outlawed. I love how in this society no one wants to accept the blame. It is always someone elses fault. Fat fucks eat at McDonald's and then they have the never to say that McDonlads made them that way and McDonalds got them sick. It is their own fault. No one to blame but themself. Like people that sue the tobacco co. when they get cancer. Are you kidding me? People are pathetic. I say, everythign should be legal and just let the dumb asses do as they please and we can sort the bodies out. Survival of the fittest...I am all for it.
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    if people eat like crap they can stay fat for all i care, its their choice...they have the power to change

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    Quote Originally Posted by WATTS
    if people eat like crap they can stay fat for all i care, its their choice...they have the power to change
    not everyone....rephrase that to say any adult can change it, any child dependent on food from an adult that makes bad choices is cought in the middle and thats the only reason i would support any restrictions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P-funk
    I don't think anythign should be outlawed. I love how in this society no one wants to accept the blame. It is always someone elses fault. Fat fucks eat at McDonald's and then they have the never to say that McDonlads made them that way and McDonalds got them sick. It is their own fault. No one to blame but themself. Like people that sue the tobacco co. when they get cancer. Are you kidding me? People are pathetic. I say, everythign should be legal and just let the dumb asses do as they please and we can sort the bodies out. Survival of the fittest...I am all for it.

    Hell yes, shit is out of control and it seems like there are more and more stupid people. Now, I'm not saying ALL people are stupid, but why not take warning labels off of everything and let the problem solve itself?

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    I think there should be stricter regulations; I'm not for this "do what you want" argument... it just makes the food industry more lax and willing to make their product less healthy to cut cost. I don't buy that they always do it to add to the taste of their foods, although I admit that may be the case in certain situations. Not like you can't make food that is both healthy and tastes good. Stricter regulations would promote better health through better eating habits and there would be more places to eat healthy at.

    This "junk food tax" concept is interesting. Maybe if such a thing existed, the company may choose to make their food healthier to cut on cost by avoiding the tax instead of using unhealthy ingredients/preservatives, etc..

    I admit I do not know too much about the food industry, but nothing is impossible. A healthy food chain seems very plausible to me.

    Also want to add, regarding the survival of the fitness thing, I kind of think the same way but kind of don't. I like being in better shape than the average American, but I don't want to have to worry about my future wife-to-be blowing up after being married to her for a couple years, etc.. and our kids, etc.. Healthier foods all around would make everything more convenient to live well, that's all.

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    I'm just tired of not being able to go to a fast food place when pressed for time and get food that I am actually willing to eat...
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    Alright come clean, were you high when you thought this idea up.

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    Drugs are not the problem, drug addicts are.
    Fat foods are not the problem, fat people are.
    and so on.. but if they want to be fat that is their problem, everybody should be free. Don´t wear a bikini near me tough.

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    I agree with this to a point, but there should be more responsibility on the part of the fast food chains to make sure people can get the info on their food. I've asked for it at places and am always met with a blank look. (Yes, I know, "You already know it's bad," but do most people know how bad?)

    I think the earlier point about the children being fed this food is the best reason to think about restrictions. If you are an adult that wants to eat that crap, fine. But spare your kids, huh?
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    Of fucking course it should be regulated more. Unhealthy individuals effect all of us. Obesity costs us billions on billions a year in disease prevention and treatment. Whats worse is that children are growing addicted to fast food. Yes it is very addicing. Studies have shown that the combination of high salt, Saturated fat, and sugar cause the brain to release pleasure cuasing chemicals. The book Fast Food Nation reported how psychologists and other experts were used to make the McDonalds experience as addicting as possible. No shit. This included the layout of the resturant, the color of its walls, the aroma and the taste of its food. Think about the children who are being poisoned and your own pocketbooks before you say it shouldnt be regulated. Whats worse is that Mcdonalds treats its employees like shit. There have been many cases where workers have tried getting together and going union or just have demanded minor raises and the whole store was promptly fired and replacements were promptly brought in. The toys they use in their "Happy Meals" are almost always created by child labor overseas.

    Im gonna start blowing them up. PM me for details.

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