The article can be found at:http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/abc/200...e020122_1.html
There are not currently any lawsuits pending dealing with obesity and the entities that produce high fat/low-nutrient content foods. People are looking into whether such lawsuits are realistic.
The average overweight individual is not the one that is looking into such suits
A large number of those looking into these cases are lodging protests "on behalf of someone else"
1)on behalf of those who cannot afford to buy healthier foods. (Is it cheaper to go to McDonalds and buy 2 cheese burgers or buy the ingredients for a veggie stir fry?)
2)on behalf of the children that are bombarded with ads for junk food during prime kid-tv watching hours - such as Sat morning cartoons
3)that the food industry itself does not spend enough $$ on promoting healthy foods, fresh fruit and veggies -- a bulk of it goes into to convenience foods, junk foods, etc.
And yes, we should be responsible in eating the right combinations of foods in moderation and exercising appropriately.
For a myriad of reasons, health, will power, lack of knowledge, lack of resources, lack of motivation, health problems, medications, and addiction -- it doesn't always happen --
Unfortunately - we live in a litigious society -- not to generalize, but there are those out there looking for someone else to blame - rather than taking responsibility and using even a modicum of common sense. EG: You take a walk through a mall food court and everything now comes with a warning :
--liquid in this cup may be scalding hot...
--drinking this beverage may cause birth defects
--this plastic bag is not meant for young children to play with
--this toy contains small parts, my be inappropriate for children under the age of...
--do not allow children to play with burst balloons, pieces may cause suffocation...
--raw shellfish can cause...
--state law prohibits us from selling hamburgers cooked to less than...
and as we've proven -
Sensationalism sells -- it's all in what a headline does, or does not say...