Dr. Andy

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Monday, June 13, 2005

The pro-obesity function

I now think there are advocay groups for every possible cause in the United States. I don't think that is necessarily a good thing.

I've blogged a lot about obesity related issues and health and this article profiles an advocacy group mostly funded by restaraunts and processed food manufacturers that promotes obesity. Well, not really, but it opposes attempts to regulate these industries:
In recent years, Mr. Berman, who is not a scientist, has emerged as a powerful and controversial voice in the debate over the nation's eating habits. In some ways, he has become the face of the food industry as it tries to beat back regulations and discourage consumer lawsuits. Food and restaurant companies, he says, are being unfairly blamed for making Americans fat and unhealthy; he adds that people are smart enough to make their own well-informed choices
The libertarian in me generally agrees with giving people choices, but I do support, for example, bans on junk food sales in school cafeterias

4 Comments:

At 10:27 AM, Blogger ollie said...

I think that one big issue is how much freedom should, say, a fast food company have in engineering food to be "addictive" (set up craving for more).

I too have a libertarian streak and therefore think that one good approach is so-called "education" (e. g., films like "Supersize Me".)

 
At 8:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do these people really have the choice or are the fast food places making it for them? I agree that people have the voice and opinion to make their own choices, but do these fast food places make it to where there really is no choice?

 
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Food and restaurant companies, he says, are being unfairly blamed for making Americans fat and unhealthy; he adds that people are smart enough to make their own well-informed choices

 

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