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.