With obesity becoming a health issue among kids, government from different countries are taking steps to discourage them from eating fast food. In June 2007, Malaysia Government has banned fast food companies from sponsoring television shows for children or advertising during children’s programs. The Healthy Ministry believed that the television advertisements has a higher influence on children aged 12 and below compared with other media such as newspaper and radio.
Also, fast food companies are instructed to display the nutritional content of their food in large print on wrappers and on displays in their outlets. In fact, in February 2007, Malaysia Government has also considered imposing a sin tax on fast food, similarly with what it does for alcoholic drink and cigarettes. I am not sure whether it is will disallow fast food company operating 24 hours.
On one hand, this is a bold move from Government to discourage children from eating fast food. On one hand, it may not be fair to constantly blaming fast food companies alone for causing the issue.
Why do I say so?
We should bear the responsibility too. City folks do not like spending 2 hours in kitchen cooking dinner. People want it easy. People want it tasty. People demand it fast. Some people even complain the drive through is too slow. So, consumers are the ones who want fast food. Kids will not eat fast food if the parents do not agree so.
No one put knives on our throats forcing us to eat fast food. Who willingly lifts the burger or French fries to his mouth, manually chews, and swallows?
Things not right with us is NOT necessarily somebody else’s fault. So, it is our responsibility to eat what we want. Furthermore, exercise is equally important in weight control.
We can’t keep on blaming others. This time, McDonald, KFC and Pizza Hut are to be blamed. Are we going to take on Starbucks next? Probably.
We are what we eat. We also decide what we eat.
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