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Obesity Laws

Feb 10, 2011

 I believe that this law is right on.  It is not a restaurants fault that somebody gets fat from eating their food.  Nobody is holding a gun to their head forcing them to eat there.  People should take some personal responsibility and face the consequences of their own actions.  Most people wouldn't be fat if they would take the chicken leg out of their mouths, get off of the couch, stop watching tv, and get out and do some exercise.
    Josh M.

 
No.
 
The restaurants should not be held liable for the slow acting poisons they sell that is disguised as food and results in people getting fat, having heart attacks, diabetes, cancers and such. The dude proposing the law and his fellow foolish bribed congress people who agree with this, should be sued for allowing these slow acting poisons disguised as food into our food supply in the first place,along with Monsanto and the other food companies who produce and market so called ‘healthy foods’, that result in poor health, early death and huge health care costs.
 
Oh, sorry, I forgot. They just passed laws mandating we buy health insurance to pay the bills that result from eating poor quality food, so I suppose they covered that too.
 
 
Yes they should SHARE the responsibility  for obesity and addiction to fast food and here's why:  Most of our food now is adulterated with unnatural substances like MSG (and all the names it is listed under) HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, ASPARTAME, POSALAC BGH, ANTIBIOTICS, PESTICIDES, GMOs,etc.  This was not the case 30-40 years ago.  I really feel sorry for my childrens' generation and onward if this continues.  This is all because of greed in marketing by corporations (this includes agribusiness) who are getting away with whatever they want to.  All of the above issues have been studied by reputable scientists-some of the above contributing to obesity  To be honest I watch your show when I get up just to see what kind of crap is going on with our food supply.   Al Pell made a statement a few days ago that summed it up.  He said something like "We have to watch the markets more than how the food is  grown"
     If the corporations were not adding things to get people addicted without their knowing it they should be accountable.  PS  I am not overweight and do not eat at most restaurants.
     Diane  Lacon IL

 

I think you should be able to sue fast food restaurants and any other food industry's. They need to push manufactures to product healthier foods.Some people don't know what they should and should not eat. To eliminate the overweight problem from food manufactures of grocery's and restaurants. All restaurants should only have healthy food on menus. It doesn't matter if there is a nutrition chart or not some people may not see it or don't know what it means. Which goes back to the manufactures needing to make the products we the people consume healthier. If they would take out all of the things that are not good for us or use unhealthy things on the animals that make are grocery's. The problem of being overweight would not be able to be blamed on the food industry if the food industry would follow these issues.  

I'd go so far as to say that we wouldn't need a law banning obesity suits if the lawyers who took on those suits had enough integrity to say, "That's a frivolous and ridiculous lawsuit, and I will not represent you."
    Cathy Kaska
 
Our nation should follow MN proposed legislation against frivolous lawsuits from obesity to personal injury limits of liability .   I've been in business for 25 years and am exhausted with the liability from just being in business. I provide jobs for 40 + people. Small business and entrepreneurship are the heartbeat of America- let's make it more business friendly! Less government ... Less lawsuits!
    Eddie Hanks
    tpmgroup
    2040 Old Louisville Road
    Bowling Green, KY 42101

 

***Editor's Note:  Below is a transcript of what was said regarding the Minnesota obesity laws from the February 10th, 2011 edition of AgDay...

MEANWHILE IN MINNESOTA, A STATE LAWMAKER SAYS IF YOU'RE OBESE, BLAME YOURSELF...NOT A RESTAURANT. REPUBLICAN DEAN URDAHL HAS INTRODUCED LEGISLATION THAT WOULD BAN PEOPLE FROM SUING RESTAURANTS FOR THEIR WEIGHT PROBLEMS. IT'S CALLED THE THE PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY IN FOOD CONSUMPTION ACT. URDAHL SAYS HIS BILL WOULD SHIELD RESTAURANTS, FARMERS AND OTHERS IN THE FOOD BUSINESS FROM FRIVOLOUS LITIGATION.
THE LAWMAKER HAS ATTEMPTED SEVERAL TIMES SINCE 2004 TO PASS THE SAME LAW, BUT HAS FAILED. NOW WITH REPUBLICANS CONTROLLING BOTH HOUSES IN MINNESOTA, HE FEELS THE LAW HAS A CHANCE TO PASS. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THIS PROPOSED MINNESOTA LAW? SHOULD RESTAURANTS AND FARMERS BE PROTECTED FROM LAWSUITS ASSOCIATED WITH OBESITY?

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