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August 26, 2010

Should restaurants be required to list calories and fat grams on their menus?

A lack of personal responsibility has caused an obesity epidemic in this country the likes of which we have never seen, and the blame rests squarely on the shoulders of the consumer.

I lived in western Europe for almost 8 years. They enjoy the same wealth and affluence as Americans and yes, there are obese people living there, but they don’t even come close to the problem we have here in the States.

It’s not the food. Their food is practically the same. Too much fat, too much salt, too much sugar. They combine food improperly also.

Yet when you walk around on the street or in a mall or crowded marketplace you don’t see nearly as many fat people as you see here. Not even close.

The answer is personal responsibility. Their eating habits are different from ours in 1 distinct way; They don’t stuff themselves full at every single meal. They don’t eat every meal like a starving person who’s had no food for days. They eat responsibly, and they eat LESS.

Making a restaurant responsible for the health of it’s customers is NOT the answer. Remember the woman years ago who spilled hot coffee on herself and won millions in her lawsuit? WRONG ! She ordered coffee, expecting it and wanting it to be hot. That she idiotically spilled this hot beverage on herself was HER fault, not the restaurant. If she had gotten lukewarm coffee believe me she would have gone back and complained.

It’s the same with food. People go to a restaurant expecting something tasty. Steak, lasagna, cheese souffle, stuffed lobster, whatever. The restaurant uses taste enriching ingredients. Salt, butter, sugar and others. Why do they do this? They want to please their customers and have them come back again. After all, they’re running a business and repeat customers are crucial to the bottom line.

Unless you are a complete moron you should know that these foods are high in fat and salt. Their has been so much information given to the public about the risks of fatty, salty, sugary foods that no one could have missed it. If you order these types of foods, any fool should know by now that you have to order them in moderation.

Personal responsibility is the key. Expecting the restaurant to take care of your diet is like asking a sugar company to take care of your diabetes. They make sugar! Restaurants make food that tastes good, or else they don’t have any customers. Think about it people!

And for goodness’ sake get a little exercise.

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