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Regulate Yourself: Don’t Blame the Food Industry

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Regulate Yourself: Don’t Blame the Food Industry

Eating healthy is a major concern in America. Some people believe that food industries are to blame for Americans unhealthy diet, while others think the responsibility for implementing a healthy diet is up to the individual. Mark Bittman, the author of “Can Big Food Regulates Itself? Fat Chance”, argues that allowing food industries to self regulate what’s healthy and unhealthy has resulted in marketing unhealthy food as being healthy. Bittman has a point: food industries are spreading propaganda in their advertisement about how healthy their products are. The food industry should take responsibility for that, but it is still up to the individual to eat healthy. Food industries should not be forced to adhere to regulations.
Food industries spend billions of dollars advertising products to children. In the past the Federal Trade Commission has held back from taking an aggressive role in controlling the way food industries advertise. The FTC can legally control the way food companies are advertising unhealthy food to children if the advertisement is misleading. But mostly they don’t have much control, they merely give suggestions. These suggestions ask that the food industries market real food to kids instead of the junk (1). Foods that are low in sugars and saturated fats should be marketed to children, not the food that could cause a child to be unhealthy. The suggestions from the Federal Trade Commission were rejected; instead the food industries came up with their own guidelines for how they advertise food. The attempt some of the food industries made to make a few menu items healthier hasn’t been sufficient. McDonalds attempted to make happy meals healthier by adding apples, ...

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...aving a healthy diet is being educated about it. The government should educate people about eating healthy and reading nutrition facts through public service announcements, implementing nutrition classes in the public schools. If people are educated on the matter then they would be capable of making a choice to be healthy.
While Bittman is right that allowing food industries to practice self regulation is not working for gauging what’s a healthy or unhealthy product, food industries should not be forced to adhere to regulations. That’s a choice that should be made by the company. Giving companies incentives to change their health standards would encourage them to give individuals a healthier choice. Even more importantly should be educating Americans how to eat healthy. Through education, individuals have the knowledge to take more responsibility what for they eat.
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