Who's Fault Is It?

By MAYS Latest Reply 2012-09-29 05:17:38 -0500
Started 2012-09-26 11:19:25 -0500

With all of the talk going around about obesity, and the relation of such to illnesses such as diabetes, heart failure and such, my question is this, "Who's fault is it?"

Should the fast food chains and other resturaunts be held liable for not only "what" you eat, but also the amount that you eat?
When being given the option of the smaller size vs. the larger size, how many patrons will not say the words,"Super Size Me!" or make return trips to the counter if the drink refills are free?

Is it right that the restraint is taken from the individual, and the blame is placed on the place of business?
If the decide that you have either ordered enough, or even consumed enough, do the have the option to stop serving you, or refuse to allow you to place your order?

When, and where does the ownership of obesity fall into the lap of the individual?
After all, that iconic figure of the establishments in question did not come outside, grab the patron and force the meal, "super sized" or not onto the patron, it was a choice of free will!

Should these lawsuits (and others) have been allowed?





8 replies

mystikfairy61 2012-09-29 01:03:58 -0500 Report

As someone on a weight loss journey, I am the only one who is accountable for what and how much I eat. Granted, restaurants have the commercials that lure us in, but what we choose when we get there is up to us!! I choose to eat more whole foods, fresh fruits and veggies and limit my restaurant visits. As far as kids, parents are responsible for the foods their children eat, as well as teaching good eating habits.

annesmith 2012-09-28 00:50:35 -0500 Report

It is the person that puts the food in their mouth that is at fault. I thought of million ways to eat at McDonalds and order salad instead of a Big Mac. ANNE

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-09-27 21:04:50 -0500 Report

Well MAYS, Ronald McDonald isn't standing in front of McDonalds forcing people to enter and eat at gun point. Each person is responsible for what they consume and the amount so if a person chooses to eat Big Macs, Large Fries or Wendy's Tripple Burgers everyday, they can't blame the restaurant because their clothing is too small for them. Thankfully, I don't eat fast food from these places.

Added to this are parent who want quick meals and think Mac and Cheese is good for the kid because that is what the kids want or whose kids who cry because they want to go to a fast food restaurant. Parents are responsible for what they feed their kids. People have to take responsibility for their weight gain.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-09-26 21:36:31 -0500 Report

We are the only one responsible for what we put into our mouths as adults. Parents are responsible for what they feed their children and are the role model for them.

awakening2health 2012-09-26 14:49:55 -0500 Report

This reminds me of an old Buddhist aphorism - No Praise, No Blame

It's best to be very mindful about the physical sensations in our bodies that we call "hunger," and deal with them in a compassionate manner, which means not just giving in to them in an orgy of feeding, but pleasing our bodies with nutritious food.

Yes, FAST FOODS, plays into our hard wired desire to eat sugar, fat, salt and savory, but with mindfull eating we can satisfy our needs, without caving in!

Lil Bal
Lil Bal 2012-09-26 12:35:24 -0500 Report

Agreed i am over weight because of my inability to say no, which is a contributing factor to me being diabetic, as well as a genetic pre disposition. If only i was more careful. Maybe i wouldn't be in the position i now am in. Aaah well we live and learn :)