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Fast Food in Silicon Valley August 21, 2008

Filed under: Everything — Jason Olson @ 3:06 pm
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It was a close call this week as proponents of a year long ban of fast food restaurants petitioned the San Jose city council. And while I try to rarely consume fast food and I believe in free enterprise, have the proponents even done their research?

Last week Campos and other proponents of the ban cited the problem of obesity in children and said they want more information on the role fast food plays.

– San Jose nixes fast-food moratorium proposal – Silicon Valley Business Journal

Is this saying what I think it is saying? That they don’t specifically have a link between fast foot and obesity of children? Yet they are willing to take steps to prevent fast food restaurants from opening?

A while ago we were expecting our first child, my wife had developed PIH. As a result, anytime we went out for dinner we had to look at the nutritional information, specifically sodium intake. One night we decided to go to Macaroni Grill in Milpitas. However we were absolutely shocked to look at the nutritional information. It makes ordering a plate of McDonald’s French Fries look “healthy”.

Between that experience and the current set of legislation against fast food really has me thinking. No doubt that childhood obesity is going through the roof, and children appear to be having significant health problems. At the same time, it does appear that there is an increasing number of fast food chains. Yet, I am not convinced of the direct correlation that is being reported. More specifically, at what point is there personal responsibility? Perhaps we could go after Nintendo and Direct TV for giving our children more reasons to sit idle in front of the TV instead of playing football in the streets with friends. How about AMC Theaters?

No, I believe that Fast Food is simply the easy punching bag for these people, a target to blame for their lack of responsibility as individuals and parents.