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Who is Responsible?

answered 01:29 AM EST, Wed March 06, 2013
anonymous anonymous
Are junk food companies morally responsible for the obesity epidemic when they do things like market unhealthy products to kids and conduct massive scientific studies to find ways to get us to eat more of stuff that’s really killing us? Or is it just a personal responsibility issue? Are food companies like tobacco companies? I am interested to learn of a food expert’s take on this situation. Thanks in advance for your response.

Lita Perna Says...

Lita Perna L. Perna
MA, Family and Community Counseling

Thank you.

You’ve asked a great question but you are asking for opinion, not fact.

Also, I do not consider myself a food expert.

First, two questions for you: Where do kids get the money to purchase all this junk food that’s being marketed to them? Do you think their parents are the ones who should be the 'morally responsible' parties here?

I think ‘junk’ or any other food companies are as ‘morally responsible’ for ‘stuff that’s really killing us’ as are those who discovered and introduced the human race to fire, which can also be deadly of it gets out of control.

Water can kill too.

It's a matter of degree.

My opinion is that we are each responsible for our own behavior which includes deciding what we put in our mouths, what and if we smoke and what and whom we choose to let into our lives.

We are responsible for ourselves.

And parents are responsible for their children.

And food companies are responsible to their share holders.

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