Kilroy Was Here
May 24, 2002
Lawyers turn a hungry eye towards fast food.
On Wednesday, May 22nd, I wrote a little blurb about fast food companies and how they could find themselves on the wrong side of a lawsuit. Salon Magazine writes a detailed article on the possibilities of a lawsuit (Salon.com Technology | Can we sue our own fat asses off?).
If obesity is becoming a huge problem, I suggest that the United States legislate better nutritional informaiton on fast food products. Nutritional information should be placed directly on the wrappers, bags, and boxes surrounding our pizza, hamburgers, and tacos.
And not just the simple 1200 calories, 23 grams of fat. I'm talking about information that will make sense to every person out there. Something along the lines of the following:
"The Big Mac Super Size Meal with a diet soda has 1800 calories and 28 grams of fat. This is 90% of a 6 foot man's total recommended calorie intake in order to maintain his weight, and 250% of recommended fat intake."
Calories information, in and of itself, does not provide enough information to make a decision about what to eat. In order to make good financial decisions, you need to know both the cost of an item and how much money you have to spend. Similarly, in order to make good nutritional information, you need to know the calorie cost of a product and how much this will eat into your daily calorie budget.
Since fast food companies aren't going to do this for you, you should begin to arm yourself with this informaiton. Over the next few weeks, I'll help you out here.
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