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Would you want the government to ban “junk foods” aimed at kids?

By Nicci Micco, December 18, 2009 - 11:02am

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The government should leave us alone! This is a FREE country! What we do in our personal lives is NONE OF THE GOVERNMENT'S BUSINESS!!!

Anonymous

07/23/2010 - 12:09pm

I 100% agree with Nicci. Junk foods advertised in such inapropriate way must be banned.
And also spend more time with your children and don't let them look tv too much and you won't have any problems.
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Anonymous

02/11/2010 - 4:49pm

I do wish there were more "regulations" on foods and that labels would be more accurate and honest! I am a mom of two and one has food allergies and had Eczema so severe that when he ate synthetic ingredients, his skin would flare. We learned as a family how these junk foods can affect us and we have chosen to become healthier eaters together! Our kids now prefer whole foods and LOVE fruits and veggies because that is all we really buy. "Junk" is a treat on occasion but the majority of our foods are healthy. We still have so many things we still want to improve on but this is one area we are so thrilled about. I also wish more "cartoon" characters were on the healthy foods as I think more kiddos would choose them too! We are excited to try new foods and our next mission is going to be Kamut Khorasan Wheat along with our whole wheat choices! Great topic!

Anonymous

01/17/2010 - 6:47pm

It wouldn't matter either way. Parents will still buy the junk even if there are no toon characters on the packages because it's cheap. There is a video on here that shows a plate full of strawberries and another plate with one cookie. The woman asks which you would rather have knowing that both plates offered the same number of calories. Naturally most anyone would rather have the plate full of strawberries. What the woman left out was that the cookie cost about 10 cents and the plate of strawberries costs about $3. We need incentives for people to become farmers. The more farmers we have, the cheaper the produce. Obama don't care about farms though. This past summer he prevented farmers in California to have water to save some fish. The crops died. Thanks a lot Obama. Aside from that, food manufacturers need incentives to make healthier food. Too much variety of the junk, not enough variety of quick ready made healthy stuff. The reason why is because healthy ingredients cost more money. They're greedy. They want to make as much money as possible.

tab11576

01/10/2010 - 11:04pm

No, you can't regulate behavior, if someone wants to eat unhealthy food it's their decision and none of anybody else's business what they eat. The idea that people have too much freedom and not smart enough ot take care of themselves is extremely egotistic. Who decides what is healthy and what isn't? Smoking is a perfect example, the taxes in cigarettes should have provided an economic incentive to encourage people to quit but it hasn't. People would only find another way to buy junk food. NYC and some states have banned certain transfat foods, that doesn't mean people can't cross statelines or make those food themselves.

Instead educate people on healthy eating and provide incentives to live a healthy lifestyle.

Anonymous

01/03/2010 - 1:01am

The role of the government is not to tell us how we should live , eat etc. We need to retain the rights and abilities to make these decisions on our own. What we need is to learn how to eat healthy, cook foods that are good tasting and fun to make. Sadly we have become a nation of fast food, pre-packaged and prepared foods. Young people need to learn from their parents at home how to make wise choices and decisions in all areas of their lives, not just diet.

Anonymous

01/01/2010 - 5:53pm

Ban away!!!

Anonymous

12/29/2009 - 3:20pm

YES!!!!

Anonymous

12/27/2009 - 11:09am

Only if it includes the "junk food" they offer in the cafeteria....every day my kids are offered french fries as one of their side choices. Is this not just as bad as a bag of chips? No less than 3 starches are served almost every day to kids by the schools!! Used to kids didn't have choices on the menu. We ate what was fixed or left it on the tray. I know it's wasteful, but if you offer a child french fries instead of mixed veggies....really...which one do you think they'll choose?????

Anonymous

12/26/2009 - 12:09am

How about targeting some of the real issues? As one person already said, some parental common sense and discipline re: foods would help. I grew up with Hostess cupcakes, Little Debbie, and other "junk foods" and turned out ok. My parents just said "no", even when I was a picky eater (and I was one hell of a picky eater).

Also, many people resort to junk food because they're cheaper and "quicker" than other forms of healthier food. How 'bout cutting farm subsidies to even up the game, and putting money into education?

Anonymous

12/25/2009 - 8:12pm

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