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Are We Killing Ourselves With Our Forks?

Who really is responsible for obesity in this country? Are McDonald's and other fast-food restaurants or the people that choose what to eat and how much to exercise? They do have that one freedom - choice. One judge recently exercised that choice.

Judge Sweet threw out the most recent case against McDonald's (it's actually his second dismissal) alleging that Mickey D's burgers and fries caused the Plaintiff's obesity. Apparently the judge felt it wasn't all McDonald's fault.

It is a difficult topic - in one of the lawsuits against a fast-food company, a construction worker claimed he had no other options but fast food to eat during lunch. All fast-food choices are not bad, though.

Maybe we need to look past the other selections at fast-food restaurants of a burger, "super-size" fries and a sugar-laden soda. What do American's do when we look in the mirror, observe that for our age and height that our weight falls in the obese category? Do we suddenly lose the ability to pack or buy a low-calorie, nutritious lunch?

When is is time for each of us to take personal responsibility for our actions? Why is it the responsibility of the restaurant to provide us the choices to eat so we won't gain excessive weight? I have to be careful here, because I'm overweight. But, I'm seeing a nutritionist and exercising three times a week. As some would say, "take the burger by the horns and get control of your life." It's working for me - I've lost about 15 pounds by following that old adage: "eat less and exercise more."

Other alternative voices are out there, too. See McSpotlight's article for additional insight into this issue.

McDonald's hasn't yet posted any press releases about their recent victory, but it does note that Ronald McDonald was named as the company's Happiness Officer.

Mmmm, mmmm, Good. Oops! Wrong brand.

Posted by J. Craig Williams on Monday, September 08, 2003

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