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Interesting article about the increasing toll being a "Fast Food Nation" takes on the public and the potential repurcussions in the courtroom.
"The precedents, the ammo, the missiles are already there and waiting in a silo marked 'tobacco,' " says Victor Schwartz, general counsel of the American Tort Reform Association.
In 1999 physicians began reporting an alarming rise in children of obesity-linked type 2 diabetes. Once an obese youngster develops diabetes, he or she will never get rid of it. That's a lot more irreversible than a smoking addiction.
In some states, like California, plaintiffs can force companies to disgorge all profits attributable to advertising that employs such statements [literally true but misleading..added], and the plaintiff can win without having to prove that even a single individual was actually tricked by the statement.
For at least one industry, though, the new spotlight on fat may be a glimmer of unaccustomed good news. Anecdotally, we've heard that smoking has helped a lot of people lose weight.
I am pretty sure that no one has proven that fatty foods are addictive.
I will lose what shred of respect I have for the American government if they do come down on "fat" companies. If they are to blame for Americans getting fat, then it is just best that the government buy a copy of 1984 and use it as a blueprint for how to run the American citizen's life. Because lord knows, if it is somebody else's fault we eat like pigs, then we can't think past a fart in how to run our own lives.
nevertheless, i heard the supermarkets in the usa are full of fatfree-prods. this won't be good for the lawyers pipeline.... ;)
That said, those kids should be suing their own parents for letting them eat that way...
Shouldn't be allowed, IMO. But then, the stuff they serve around here for school lunches isn't much better...
Healthy Snacks a Hit in California Schools [discover.npr.org]
You'd get fat too if you ate the daily recommend amount of carbohydrates from the pyramid.
It's amazing how much stuff you can stick to the bottom of a lunch table with some of that school lunch pudding.
That said, it is a parent's responsibility to stand up to the tantrums and guilt trips and do what's best for their kids. Kids will always push your limits and test their boundaries. If you see your kid outgrowing their waistband when they still have 6 inches of inseam to roll up on their pants, it's time to say "No more junk food." Let 'em throw a tantrum. A good tantrum probably burns a lot of calories. ;)