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Warning labels on junk food

- October 25th, 2012

I love the logic behind this one, like somehow people don’t know junk food is unhealthy.

“OH MY GOSH! These Cheetos are bad for me!! I never knew! Thank goodness for this warning label!!”

The people who go to 7-11 for lunch already know what they’re getting themselves into, trust me. They realize that an extra-large Big Gulp of cherry soda isn’t exactly the same thing as carrot juice.

But the busybodies who are championing such labels just might get their way. After all, there’s never a shortage of politicians eager to mess with our lives and use the tax code as a means of social engineering. Le sigh.

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2 comments

  1. Adrienne E. says:

    I completely agree, the warning labels would do little to educate people on what they are eating.
    Some people just feel the need to blame someone for their problems; in this case, the problem
    being obesity and related diseases. They feel that if they can place the blame another person or
    people then the problem is out of their hands. Reality is, it’s your own choice what you put in
    your body. Whether there is or isn’t a label telling you how bad it is for you, you’re still the one to
    blame for eating it!
    Though I have heard that the province is planning on placing graphic pictures showing
    obesity and health related diseases on junk food, like the ones put on cigarette boxes to deter one
    from smoking. Now that’s a scary thought, what a way to set you off your appetite…

  2. Angela W says:

    (please ignore my previous comment)

    Seems to me these labels aren’t out to educate people but to serve as reminders for people who are dashing in and out of a corner store or supermarket, most likely dragging kids along as well. There can’t always be time to give your children an impromptu talk about their favourite food’s health benefits (or lack thereof). Sure, there’s nothing wrong with indulging them every so often, and giving in to temptation yourself, but the fewer impulse buys you make, the healthier you’ll be in the end. International Tobacco Control has conducted research that confirms the effectiveness of warnings on cigarette packages; perhaps a small deterrence could work wonders for the average shopper who hesitates over a bag of Cheetos.

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