I am a big advocate against being unhealthy and obesity in children, which is growing by the numbers, and I feel that fast food should not be advertised on TV, because it is some of the unhealthiest food out there, and children see that and demand it. It is almost as bad as seeing tobacco or alcohol ads. Fast food is a no-no.
Since cigarettes arent advertised due to the diseases they cause, but food doesnt cause obesity? Obestiy is an enormous epidemic in the US and yet still continues to be one. So saying that fast food advertisements should be advertised is absolute neglagence.
Although yes people are physically responsible for what they put into their body, food advertisements make it hard for one to resist especiallly if you arent well self disciplined. 300,000 people die every year due to being obese, if this rate continues it will surpass Smoking as the leading cause of preventable deaths in the US.. so should we ban food advertisements now? YES!
Advertising on TV is always misleading. Children cannot tell whether a product in a commercial is healthy or not. They will only pay attention to it when there are some cartoons, or anything they find interesting. When they do that, they will connect with that brand. So if fast food advertising is banned from TV, the parents can provide a better message to the children in saying that fast food is unhealthy.
Cigarettes and liquor are not allowed to be advertised on television because they could cause young people to want to try the products and there is a high risk of becoming addicted to these substances. Fast food (which is normally higher in calories, cholesterol, and fat content) can be just as potentially addictive and is associated with obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
Although there are those who say it is the parents at fault, fast food ads try to lure young people in with many different tricks. They market towards children with Happy Meals and playgrounds, bringing the whole family together to consume food that is laden with sodium and saturated fats. These ads are no different from when cigarette companies were showing how cool it was to smoke. We have a society filled with morbidly obese people who eat this garbage all the time; they have kids who love to visit these establishments for the latest toys. Show some truth in advertising, or don't allow the ads to be shown at all.
There are so much worse things out there. in my opinion a person who eats fast food everyday but doesn't smoke is worse off than a person who smokes and doesn't eat fast food.
I agree because children are very interested in watching television, especially advertisement. They are trying to imitating these activities. These advertisements easily influence their lives.
Technically, people should know for themselves what they should and should not to in order to be healthy, and it is the job of the government to make sure they're educated in this. Since this is not what is happening, things that are detrimental to health and cause serious diseases later on should not be advertised. You cannot ban one thing and not the other. It confuses people and doesn't send the right messages.
Everybody eats, so the risk of getting hooked up on junk food is higher than the risk of starting to smoke because of some commercial. I rarely drink alcohol, so the ads that I see every day on TV also don't influence me into consuming alcohol. But whenever I'm hungry, an ad about junk food just makes me drool all over. So stop the advertising of fast food, stop acting like it's less serious than smoking ,stop making up excuses for it and if you're going to preach to smokers on living a healthy life, don't be a hypocrite and be healthy all the way.
I believe that these two things are complete opposites. We can say that cigarettes and fast food are both bad for our health, but when we are smoking, we also harming the health of the people around us. When we are eating fast food, we are only doing bad to ourselves.
The amount of control the government has is enough. I believe people should be able to choose what they eat. Fast food is not wrong, or even terribly unhealthy, so long as it is not in excess. Cigarettes cause lung cancer, but fast food does not cause death. People who indulge in fast food and do not take care of themselves will have problems because of fast food. The blame for this is on the person who ate the food, not the company that advertised it.
I have seen over the last few years several fast food companies have been giving customers better choices to eat healthier. McDonalds offers in their kids meals, apples in stead of French fries, and Wendy's offers mandarin oranges instead of French fries, just to name a few. As for adult choices, there is no reason to ban commercials for fast food restaurants, because we are all capable of making better choices even at fast food restaurants.
If we were to get rid of fast food advertising only because its unhealthy than we would be obligated to stop advertising any and all products that would be considered unhealthy, including alcohol, any other foods that are considered unhealthy ranging from cookies to ice cream, and also movies because it just involves sitting around and most likely eating snacks. Obviously, that would be complete nonsense.
McDonald's has taken great strides to come up with more healthy options for consumers to eat. While consumers need to watch how much they eat, the food, itself, isn't what is going to kill you. Cigarettes, no matter the consumption, are immediately bad for you from the very beginning. We are talking about two different ball games here, and it is ludicrous to suggest that we shouldn't advertise fast food on television.
Fast food is unhealthy mainly because of the choices of those eating it. It is not all inherently unhealthy and, in moderation, even the unhealthy portions are fine to eat. Cigarettes, on the other hand, are always unhealthy, whether the person is a habitual smoker or simply smoking a single cigarette. There is no moderation with cigarettes.
What's the difference? I see cigarettes on TV all the time in movies. They may not be able to have them in commercials, but they find ways to sneak them into movies or into TV shows. Just like fast food. They would just find ways to sneak them into TV shows and movies, like they do with cigarettes. I really do not see where it would make a difference. Even like the Internet. They find ways to sneak them in to spam emails. The government does not seem to be able to regulate it like they are supposed to.
I think it's high time for people to start making decisions using common sense, not by what they see, hear, or read in the media. Every adult knows what products are obviously healthy and unhealthy. It's a fact that a certain portion of the populous will do things that aren't healthy like, smoking, drinking alcohol, and eating unhealthy foods and a lack of advertisements is not going to change that because every one of those people knows it's unhealthy to do the things they're doing. I feel sorry for anyone who bases his or her decisions on advertisements and throws common sense out the window.
Fast food isn't deadly if used in moderation; cigarettes are always harmful. For many folks, fast food is a convenient, inexpensive, OCCASIONAL stand-in for a healthier home-cooked meal. Really, I don't think fast food is all that worse nutritionally than packaged foods like mac n' cheese, or even a lot of 'fancy' restaurant entr?es with Alfredo and hollandaise sauce. We need to trust people to make good judgments about their own bodies.
Not only should these commercials be allowed to remain, but our rights to free speech should allow the unrestricted ability of advertisers to place their message where they deem appropriate. It is the responsibility of the individual as to what he/she buys, and it's not the government's job to intercede their beliefs into restrictions on the freedoms in which our forefathers felt to be so dear.
The destructiveness of one's health by smoking cigarettes is a lot worse than eating something unhealthy, like fast food. In fact, if one normally exercises and eats other healthy meals, fast food will have little effect on a person. It is because of this, that fast food commercials should still be allowed.