Fast food fight

  1. a little background - this story is from australia where the fast food issue is currently being debated. for those not familiar with our political scene "labour" and the "democrats" are our liberal parties and are in opposition to the currently ruling "liberal" party which is equivalent to your conservatives - confused? i always am.:d

    fast food fight

    a political food fight has erupted over labor's proposed ban on all food and drink ads during children's viewing times in a move to help combat childhood obesity levels.

    the government has labelled that idea as "stupid" and prime minister john howard says fast food is okay in moderation.

    the democrats have also come out saying the advertising code for children states that advertisers must not promote an inactive lifestyle or unhealthy eating habits, and the code is working.

    what do think should be done to counter the increasing levels of childhood obesity?

    is there anything wrong with fast food?

    how would you promote healthy eating with your own children?
    if you would actually like to take part in the debate here is the link
  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   renerian
    I am laughing so hard your topic was a grabber........we have similar issues here.

  4. by   Gator,SN
    Shouldn't they ban fast food ads during adult vewing time too then? It is adults that buy children fast food.
    I agree with the Prime Minister, moderation is the key here.
  5. by   donmurray
    Here in the UK we had the Mclibel trial back in 1997 where an international burger chain sued two demonstrators who had given out leaflets claiming that the chain exploited their workforce, damaged the environment, and their products were so high in salt and fat that they caused heart disease. After the longest trial in British legal history, the judge awarded damages to the plaintiff, but during his summing up, agreed with almost all the points the defendants had made! The damages were reduced on appeal to £40,000, but were never paid as the defendants were "unwaged," It cost the company concerned ten million pounds for their hollow victory, and untold amounts of bad publicity. :chuckle
  6. by   DavidFR
    Here in France there is a campaign against 'malbouf' (bad eating) as people fear the traditional brasserie culture may be threatened by fast food outlets.
    Militant farmer José Bové famously got himself thrown into jail for trashing a McDonalds. While most people here think his methods were extreme and unjustified, most agree with the sentiment. There has been a big backlash with fast food sales falling.

    If there's one thing I love about France (and I am not French) it's that we tend not to do food on the go. Mealtimes are precious and you take the time to sit down with a knife and fork and enjoy a proper meal. Many French workers have two hours for lunch, the brasseries are heaving at lunch time and if you do it properly you always have your entrée, your plat, your morcel of cheese and your dessert, accomanied with a good wine and followed by a good coffee. Yet most French people aren't fat. Why? They don't have US size Mcportions!
  7. by   leslie :-D
    i believe i read about a u.s. lawsuit where an obese man is suing macdonald's for making him fat.....i do not remember the specifics but do recall how preposterous the lawsuit was. we are products of our environment, perpetuated by mass media commercialization of advertising propoganda. marketing execs do not care what is healthy for us, they will market what sells. and because of this persistent infiltration of media hype, we are going to be very much influenced. there are no scruples when it comes to money making businesses.
  8. by   IMustBeCrazy

    Great stuff, read some of the review links. I read an original exerpt from (I believe) The Washington Post and it made me queasy. This guy is braver than I!