So I watched an episode of the lovely Penn and Teller's "Bullshit" the other night concerning fast food and I have to say it was pretty entertaining and quite interesting to say the least. They've never hid their bias in their shows but they still brought up a lot of good points including concepts of Americans just being unwilling to change their diets as being the core of the problem and not the food itself. The food is clearly not healthy, but watch the episode if you have the time (it's on Youtube so I'll post the vids in the below spoiler). It's about 30 mins but worth the watch. It is also NSFW due to some language and a few seconds of great tits. But nothing overtly sexual. You've been warned. Spoiler http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIvAU9MEuBw YouTube - Penn & Teller Bullshit Season 8 - Fast Food Part 2 YouTube - Penn & Teller Bullshit Season 8 - Fast Food Part 3 I thought I'd share my opinions though as to what methods the US is trying and how they're failing. TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX! - It's always been a stupid concept, "Tax the fuck out of the people for something they love and use your PR time to claim it's about preventing some sort of action or usage of something". The suits on Capitol Hill know it never works but they know it gets them paid so why fix what isn't broken? Perfect example: Cigarette taxation. Money doesn't deter most people from paying for cigarettes because it's something they want on a physical and psychological level. Not to mention, most of the people eating fast food are eating it because it's all they can manage or because it's what's most convenient for them. So once again, you're taxing people that really can't pay much more out of their pockets than they already are. Taxing has always been a way for the government to just bring in more money, not a way of solving problems. Not to mention, look into how much the government gives to corn farmers to realize they really don't give a shit about obesity. Corn gives us high fructose corn syrup, one of the most demonized ingredients in the entire food world . . . and your tax dollars are going to the production of it, while at the same time, the government wants to tax you for buying it. See a problem yet? Calorie counts on menus - Once again, it's been shown that Americans are actually pretty good at knowing what they're eating and how bad it is for them. So it's not too clear what line of thinking this "answer" came from but it's not helping anyone. Maybe in fifty years of repeatedly seeing this information it may scare people into changing but this is not something that will have any effect anytime soon. Sure, we'll have small percentages of people turning away and changing their habits, but guilting people only goes so far. What are your thoughts? How can you possibly stop obesity? Why do we constantly focus on fast food? Aren't there other more prominent factors?