Just Say Super Size

| January 24, 2003

If we all lived our lives traveling the Interstates and highways of the U.S. fast food might seem like the only opportunity to dine. Most every freeway exit features a microcosm of the fast food industry, complete with three or four different brands of drive-thru-ready burgers and fries. For many Americans who live in the fast lane, McDonalds is a no-brainer. And judging by the recent string of lawsuits filed against fast food corporations by overweight patrons, one might think that poor eating habits were forced on Americans. But of course most everyone gets to choose what they eat, writes Luciano D?Orazio in Flak magazine. In 2001, Surgeon General David Satcher said that obesity had reached epidemic proportions and was quickly surpassing tobacco as the leading cause of preventable death. Litigation is not included under the Recommended Daily Allowance, and winning law suits will not make Americans any healthier. The answer for a healthier America, argues D?Orazio, is a lot more simple and boring. It includes exercise and having the will power to eat right.

-Nick Garafola

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