Made me think of this thread.
Kids slurping down soft drinks, gobbling up garbage, now obese and we have a problem and it obviously the foods fault. So lawmakers are running around discussing what kind of bandaids to slap on the problem (and raise tax revenues :-x ).
So we're talking about sticking bandaids on all these problems. These are people's CHILDREN who are making nutritional decisions BY THEMSELVES. And we all know that kids don't make very good choices, ESPECIALLY when they have had NOBODY TO TEACH them.
The whole obesity epidemic is occurring exactly because there is a vacuum of parenting! Schools, daycares are taking over raising the children, the parents come home exhausted every day from work(so that they can afford the big house and nice car), throw the kids some premade food, and then the next morning give them $5 for lunch the next day, leaving those choices to the kids.
McDonald's, Coke, Pepsi, ConAgra...they're all businesses looking for money, and they make stuff that tastes really good, and they'll take the money from anybody willing to pony up. If the parents had any spine or clue, they'd actually be there with their kids, TELLING the children what to do (buy or not to buy) instead of asking what makes them feel good. Making them a nutritious meal. Packing a nutritious sack lunch even when all the other kids are slurping sodas.
It is hard and takes backbone. The kids whine and cajole that everybody else gets sodas and twinkies and homemade cookies are aweful and "I hate ham sandwiches" and they dump their apples in the trash when nobody is looking.
Not too long ago a lawsuit was thrown out but it was against McD's because some girl ate breakfast there everyday and was fat. It was the restaurant's fault. Where'd she get the money for that??? Where was her mother telling her that food was bad for her?
Blame it on the food industry? Nuh uh...you can blame it on the people who do exactly what the industry wants them to - give the control of the next generation over to hollywood, to the advertising, to the stars, to the tv, and to the government.
But there again we have another thread....
My kids only rarely get sugar pop. It isn't good for them, and it is more expensive than tap water. They only occasionally get MickyD's (see reasons above).