OPINION: Don't blame fast food, blame a lack of self-control

EVERY time a new major fast-food restaurant opens, the same argument ignites.

"Isn't the obesity problem bad enough?!"

"Our [insert town/city/state] is fat enough as it is"

These are just a few of the statements concerned residents are often heard saying.

I feel like this isn't addressing the real problem here - people taking responsibility for their own actions.

Whatever happened to willpower and self-control?

When our region's unemployment figures are so dismal we're becoming known nationally for them, the last thing we should be doing is warding off the creation of new jobs.

I strongly disagree that we should restrict commercial development and job creation because a portion of society do not have the willpower to follow portion control.

Let's not blame fast food outlets for our region/state/country's weight issues.

Does a new McDonald's make processed foods more accessible to the public 24-hours a day? Yes

Do the people who go to McDonald's regularly have a choice for healthier options both at the restaurant and elsewhere? Yes

Let's stop passing the blame for the obesity epidemic and get real. 

Do you think fast-food restaurants are to blame for the obesity epidemic or do you think the public needs to exercise self-control? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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