If you are an older person, you are probably familiar with the term "coffin nails." You grew up knowing that cigarettes were bad for you, even before there were warnings on the packages. So how could a smoker with health problems sue the tobacco companies and win?
Ignoring any sense of responsibility for one's own actions, a case could be made that the tobacco companies deliberately tried to mislead the public. Advertisements pictured doctors smoking, and information on the seriousness of the effects of smoking on our health was withheld. But can McDonald's be accused of the same thing?
The reason the smoking suits are relevant is because after their success a group of the same lawyers organized to take on the fast food industry. They found a willing, overweight client who ate a lot of fast food. (The lawyers lost their case.)
Is McDonald's responsible for what we put in our mouths? In fact, a case could be made that we are responsible for McDonald's not having a healthier menu. McDonald's created the McLean, but we didn't buy it so they dropped it. The question then becomes, "After McDonald's tried to sell us something healthier, can we accuse them of trying to sell us something unhealthy?"
If we are overweight and out-of-shape, acknowledging our responsibility for our own actions is the first step toward becoming something better.
When I have written on this topic in the past I have received a number of nasty e-mails explaining why the fast food chains are responsible for our obesity. What do you think? Express your thoughts on the topic in our free Diet and Weight Loss Forums.
If you have been reading Megan's weekly newsletters and visiting this website, you know it is our belief that the solution to maintaining a slim and healthy body will be found through education. Following one diet plan after another often leads to confusion, and weight gain. To assist you in finding your own solution, we offer our free Diet and Weight Loss Tutorial.
Having struggled for years with a severe eating disorder myself, I know it is not an easy path. But the sooner we accept responsibility for our own actions, the sooner we will reach our weight loss goals and the health and happiness we are looking for.
Wishing you success,