Portraying fast food as part of an active, healthy lifestyle is "slightly dishonest". Having nothing but thin, upper-middle class people shown as customers is "slightly dishonest".
Nor should people...and after all corporations are simply a proxy for people (its investors).
You are fine with assigning human rights to an invisible, intangible, unaccountable
proxy? Even when those rights conflict with the health and safety of actual humans?
Please tell me that isn't the best you have to support the addiction claim?!?!
What I find really amazing is that you left the last sentence of that paragraph off, which reads: " But what is clear, she says, is that obese people need to eat more to feel satisfied."
You chopped that last sentence off the paragraph, why? Because you are being dishonest in your characterization of the research.
Children certainly should be protected, and the guardian is the parent. Any adult attempting to enter into an exchange with a child would be violating this principle. Advertising to children doesn't really qualify.
You did not answer my question. It is "yes" or "no" followed by an explanation; instead you ran for cover and hid. Stand up and make your point.Should we market pornography to kids? Guns? Cigarettes? Alcohol? If not, why not?
When we get into things like banning trans-fats and mandating warning tags on clothing we've moved well beyond this...but it was wall quite predictable...because as soon as we decide that the government had a role in protecting people from themselves and regulating what they can put into their bodies, there are really no logical limits.
So we should be able to sell anything that is ingestible?
Should I be legally allowed to sell bathtub meth to kindergartners? To adults?
Why not try answering one of these questions with a straight answer sometime?
Are you thinking of widespread personal weakness, genetics-tied biological weakness suffered by all or part of our species, or cultural weakness from lack of knowledge or unhealthy ideals? These are all very different things.
They are all different things, and I do not understand why I can only choose one.
Are you suggesting that I can only be truly responsible after this process?
No, as I said much earlier, this kind of attitude is fine on a personal level, but it falls apart at the level of personal policy. I can make decisions for myself based on half-information and maybe get it right, but when it comes to making decisions that impact hundreds of millions, we had better do the research and think about it.
Sugar has always triggered insulin spikes. Eating lots of carbs and energy in general has always made you fat unless accompanied by a huge energy sink such as physical labor. What's the crime of the current fast food - tasting good? You know that's addictive too.
If only we used actual sugar.
Our perspective as a culture is completely screwed up; our attitude should be trying to help the actual physical people in our society, not haranguing them while trying our best to apologize for fast food and junk food producers.
"Horribly unhealthy", huh. In an otherwise healthy lifestyle, will occasional fast food meals have a tangible downside to you? I think not.
We do not lead physical lifestyles that allow fast food and health, how can you not see that? How can you see a nation drowning in its own fat, buying diet and self-help books as fast as they can be printed, and still think this is a matter of individuals making some different choices.
Our entire economy is geared to remove all physical labor from our jobs. Also, our economy is geared to have us work a whole lot of hours. Our whole system is geared to keep us sedentary and eating crap for food.
You can acknowledge the reality of the situation or you can shake your tiny fist at the oncoming train. Make a choice.
Why not heavily regulate fast/junk food to protect against the very real crisis facing our country? If you acknowledge that it is a problem, why not regulate the corporations?
Also, why is this false choice dilemma presented that either we regulate fast/junk food corporations or
make cultural changes that lead to a healthier lifestyle. Let's do both!