Fast food will make you fat - surprise, Commission suggests taxing meat so it's too expensive to buy
Let us say from the outset that though we are libertarians here and think you should be able to eat whatever you want to eat, we will say that a diet the emphasizes leafy greens and vegetables is an extremely good idea. We speak from direct experience. If one wants to feel good generally, to maintain a healthy weight (we're doing OK), and to reduce (it appears) the incidence of disease of all types this is true. Plus, after one breaks the carby processed food addiction, and it absolutely is an addiction (it reminds ups of when we quit cigarettes a decade ago), the veggies taste better and better.
However, we do love a big fat hamburger on occasion. Even better, a seared piece of sirloin. We also like beer. (Though diet beer most of the time these days.) We're not nuts. But generally green stuff is the way to go.
The problem is the zealots who feel they need to "nudge" the public this way or that. It was their government centered nudging that got us into this food mess in the first place. For years the government encouraged eating grain food and breads over whole foods. (Not to mention a million other stupid things.) To this day the government takes your money to subsidize the purchase of soda and candy and chips through food stamps. (Which are big time crony businesses. The Corporations are deeply in bed with the food regulators Coke loves food stamps.)
So yes the Western diet, as processed as it is ain't so good for you. But beware the government busybodies who think they know better. They aren't good for you either.
The Lancet Commission on Obesity blamed a growth-focused sector for a system that gorges populations on empty calories while misusing land, energy and other resources. Without naming companies, the report released late Sunday called for restricting the industry -- led by multinationals such as Nestle SA, McDonald’s Corp. and Coca-Cola Co. -- from policy-related discussions.