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Fast food: Yes or no?

Posted Friday, January 4, 2013, at 3:37 PM

Most Americans are against the idea of the government attempting to regulate or limit access to fast food, according to a new poll reported by the Associated Press.

Rightfully so. I agree that healthy eating should be promoted - and that some fast food is ridiculously unhealthy; over 1,400 calories and 107 grams of fat, as one hamburger contains, is just gross. Delicious, but gross.

But we don't need government intervention to tell us how to eat. From seeing the gridlock in Washington recently, I'm beginning to think the less government from either political party, the better.


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Agree, David. Just the thought of being forced to attend a meeting where Barack Obama, Harry Reid, John Boehner and Eric Cantor explained to me, how I should eat, what I should eat, where I should eat, spoils my apetite. If Moochelle and Hillary Clinton showed up with further instructions, I would probably get a brain freeze. Excuse me, I will comment further when I get back from McDs with a double stack angus beef, bacon cheese with 7 vegetables, before the newage Nazis declare it verboten.

-- Posted by Grits on Fri, Jan 4, 2013, at 6:11 PM

David I made these comments in Mr Simmons gun control blog.The Government needs to stay out of our business when we can make our own choices.Don't tell me what I can feed my family or my children if you are not paying for it.By the end of the next 4 years I guess we will all be wearing the same clothes and eating the same rice 3 meals a day.The tax increase on those making over a million is BULL I just had almost $35 extra took from my check this week and I am a middle class working person.You people just stand back and let them dictate our lives while doing it with our money.Stand up and take back our country.

-- Posted by kings11 on Fri, Jan 4, 2013, at 7:43 PM

I only eat fast food now, when the other choice is prepackaged, quick market junk food, or starvation, so I am not a support of that type food BUT I sure do not want the government telling me what I have to eat.

They can tell me what I SHOULD eat, but even then I don't believe some of it, since they believe I should eat insecticides and pesticides too. (Had to get that in here somewhere LOL)

The only place they (we) might have a say is when they (we) are paying for the food or paying the consequences in medical bills. If we are paying for their diabetes treatment and they are overweight and we also pay for their food, then....maybe, MAYBE the government could do a better job helping that person's diet.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Jan 5, 2013, at 6:57 AM

The problem of obesity isn't just fast foods. The problem also lies with the prices of the healthy options,the presents of GMO, and the laziness of people who would rather sit with technology instead of being up and outside. Once the government started allowing the "frank-n-food" into the food chain, then our bodies changed. They are not able to handle non-Earth creations.

I am sure that if given the chance, people would choose the healthier foods. But many live on a budget. So eating the healthy foods isn't always easy. And now, the FDA is allowing some foods to put the "ORGANIC" label on their food, even when it isn't.

As for the government sticking their nose in ... they need to stay out. Sure, the dictator, his wife and kids may be fit and healthy. But not everyone has the option of personal trainers, personal chefs, and unlimited resources. Washington cannot even handle their own jobs while they sit back on vacations and get raises. They need to worry more about getting this country back on track, deporting people so Americans can have their jobs back, and stop allowing people to abuse the entitlement programs.

And lastly, not everyone who is overweight is due to sitting around and munching on Big Macs and Twinkies. Some are due to medical conditions and some are genes. Diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure are not just for the obese. There are plenty of thin people who have these medical problems as well.

-- Posted by PrpleHze on Sat, Jan 5, 2013, at 7:29 AM

PrpleHze, do you have any more information on " And now, the FDA is allowing some foods to put the "ORGANIC" label on their food, even when it isn't."

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Jan 5, 2013, at 9:16 PM

The rules about what could be labeled "organic" were liberally reinterpreted between 2000 and 2008. I do not know if they might have been reinterpreted again since then, but the label "Organic" should be taken with a grain of salt... depending on which questionable study regarding the health threats of low salt or high salt diets you choose to believe.

-- Posted by lazarus on Sat, Jan 5, 2013, at 11:51 PM

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/organic...

"100 percent organic. To use this phrase, products must be either completely organic or made of all organic ingredients.

Organic. Products must be at least 95 percent organic to use this term."

"Products that contain at least 70 percent organic ingredients may say "made with organic ingredients" on the label, but may not use the seal. Foods containing less than 70 percent organic ingredients can't use the seal or the word "organic" on their product labels. They can include the organic items in their ingredient list, however. "

-- Posted by PrpleHze on Sun, Jan 6, 2013, at 6:09 AM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.