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Op-ed column: Food for argument

It’s FDA’s role to fight obesity, limit soda and junk food

Jeanne A. Benas/For The Sunday Gazette
Jeanne A. Benas/For The Sunday Gazette
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In light of the ballooning obesity problem in the United States, the Bloomberg Administration in New York City is acting responsibly when it limits the availability of super-sized beverages. Here is an example of government action that is clearly in the interest of citizens. Junk food and beverage companies are predictably irate that their presumed right to package unhealthy products is threatened by such a sensible regulation. Locally, too, Schenectady County’s use of a grant ...

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myshortpencil
October 7, 2012
10:08 a.m.

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The ONLY appropriate role for government concerning personal health choices is to EDUCATE the citizenry and to leave the decisions up to each of them as individuals. The is the ONLY approach that respects the autonomy and dignity of each person.

lawrenceleo
October 7, 2012
4:15 p.m.

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i agree myshortpencil. the only real truth in the editorial was that we need more plagrounds,yes. slowly we are turning more and more into a socialist government.

dan
October 7, 2012
6:43 p.m.

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I agree with the comments to an extent. But what about the fact that as the fattest country on earth, the cost of healthcare in the US is going up and the whole country has to pay for it. If government intervention can make it more difficult for people to gorge themselves, saving the rest of us money. Shouldn't people be happy about that? The law definitely doesn't stop people from drinking large amounts of soda, but it does make it a little more difficult, and perhaps give them time to think about what they're doing to themselves. It just doesn't seem that intrusive. I'm curious what other people think we should do about the fact our healthcare is so expensive because so many people have been eating themselves sick. Education is a good step. Though we do have some already. How can we educate differently to make it more effective?

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