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True Blue Door

(2,969 posts)
Tue Sep 16, 2014, 04:43 PM Sep 2014

Ban the sale and advertisement of high-sugar foods to minors? [View all]

People form their tastes and eating habits in childhood, so it's not much of a shock that people who grow up guzzling sugared soda and eating junk food tend to keep doing that in adulthood (at least until medical necessity stops them) while people who grow up eating better mostly don't develop bad habits later. So...how about banning the direct sale and advertisement of high-sugar foods and beverages to minors?

Parents would still have the right to buy it for their children as a treat or reward now and then, and degenerates who don't care at all about their kids would still have the "freedom" to screw them up out of laziness. But if kids couldn't buy it themselves, weren't brainwashed by ads during their TV shows to want it, and if parents were occasionally reminded to think about the subject by having to actively give consent, that could have a meaningful effect on typical diets and subsequent benefits for the cost of healthcare over time.

Plus it wouldn't really limit freedom - all you'd be doing is stopping corporations from exploiting the problem, not putting any major roadblock in the way of kids experiencing the joys of ice cream, cold soda on a hot day, etc. etc. So it wouldn't be a Prohibition with the attendant perverse incentives - kids could still possess sugared foods - it would just be a business regulation.

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Yes, but wouldn't go far enough.
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Yes, sounds on target.
1 (9%)
No, but less drastic regulations would be good.
10 (91%)
No. Business should not be regulated for public health reasons.
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I'm sorry Feral Child Sep 2014 #1
So you're against cigarette age limits and restaurant health codes too? True Blue Door Sep 2014 #4
You are equating a candy bar to cigarette sales and restaurant health codes? former9thward Sep 2014 #8
Either it's legitimate to regulate business for public health reasons or not. True Blue Door Sep 2014 #13
No the nanny state implies unreasonable regulation. former9thward Sep 2014 #27
But you haven't argued that it's unreasonable. True Blue Door Sep 2014 #33
I did argue that it was unreasonable. former9thward Sep 2014 #45
That's a "gotcha" argument Feral Child Sep 2014 #20
Will I need ID to buy Cocoa Puffs? LittleBlue Sep 2014 #2
"Nanny state" is a thought-terminating cliche. True Blue Door Sep 2014 #5
I don't need an impressive argument LittleBlue Sep 2014 #11
But I'm not talking to "the majority of Americans," or Congress, or food lobbyists. True Blue Door Sep 2014 #14
How many different ways can I put this? LittleBlue Sep 2014 #63
"Nanny state" Boreal Sep 2014 #47
we all bear the costs of the obesity epidemic grasswire Sep 2014 #3
Getting rid of the corn subsidies that led to HFC would be a start. True Blue Door Sep 2014 #6
^This^ jen63 Sep 2014 #9
What I've read is that natural cane sugar induces fewer pancreatic problems True Blue Door Sep 2014 #16
The older I get the more I crave veggies. jen63 Sep 2014 #29
Yep, it does pretty horrible things to people. Like cigarettes, people will eventually realize that. Chathamization Sep 2014 #32
What if we installed little cameras and sensors on everyone? Oktober Sep 2014 #7
Is there a Rand Paul convention going on here that no one warned me about? True Blue Door Sep 2014 #17
It's amazing that everyone who disagrees with your nanny state idea... Oktober Sep 2014 #19
It would be questionable enough to use "nanny-state" rhetoric at all. True Blue Door Sep 2014 #34
Add fox news viewer to the list... Oktober Sep 2014 #50
I'm fine with banning marketing to children ... surrealAmerican Sep 2014 #10
1st paragraph pulled from your ass. 2nd paragraph is elitist tripe. 3rd paragraph is just wrong. Throd Sep 2014 #12
That's an amazing impression of a Tea Party tweet. True Blue Door Sep 2014 #18
Are you always this obnoxious to others Boreal Sep 2014 #48
If you think it sounds extreme, you should watch this documentary: Marr Sep 2014 #15
so we raise children with the idea that breaking the law is bad dembotoz Sep 2014 #21
Not reading the OP before commenting on it: Stupid, stupid, stupid. True Blue Door Sep 2014 #35
We don't need a nanny state badtoworse Sep 2014 #22
We don't need right-wing sockpuppet trolls flooding a Democratic website either. True Blue Door Sep 2014 #36
You're getting your ass handed to you in this thread badtoworse Sep 2014 #55
Classy. IronGate Sep 2014 #67
No. IronGate Sep 2014 #23
Our gov't *SUBSIDIZES* the production of HFCS through our Agriculture policy. Look deeper. nt Romulox Sep 2014 #24
The American diet turned a corner about 7 years ago, without any such regulations. KurtNYC Sep 2014 #25
And a healthy, kickass First Family no doubt has an influence, too! randome Sep 2014 #30
The article's behind a paywall. True Blue Door Sep 2014 #39
it wasn't paywall yesterday but I see it is now KurtNYC Sep 2014 #54
I'd be fine with banning the advertising. Erich Bloodaxe BSN Sep 2014 #26
Why would it be going too far? True Blue Door Sep 2014 #38
Because 'high sugar foods' covers a hell of a lot of territory, and is 'fudgeable'. Erich Bloodaxe BSN Sep 2014 #70
Let's just rip out people's taste buds at birth. WinkyDink Sep 2014 #28
If parents were in the habit of giving kids jen63 Sep 2014 #31
Let's just legalize selling crystal meth to 5-year-olds. Since we don't want a Nanny State. True Blue Door Sep 2014 #37
Now that is one dumbass reply. IronGate Sep 2014 #68
A diabetic child might need that candy bar in an emergency. DebJ Sep 2014 #40
LOL. They might also need a cigarette in an emergency. True Blue Door Sep 2014 #42
Do you have children? I raised two children by myself for twenty years. DebJ Sep 2014 #43
Then by implication you think people whose kids do develop "substance" problems are negligent scum. True Blue Door Sep 2014 #44
You're usiang strawmans Boreal Sep 2014 #49
I'm a Type 1 diabetic who has had about 8 seizures from hypoglycemia LittleBlue Sep 2014 #65
This message was self-deleted by its author DebJ Sep 2014 #41
I say ban advertising not sales. alp227 Sep 2014 #46
It would be more effective to ban high-fructose corn syrup in all foods. Ken Burch Sep 2014 #51
Banning an addictive substance jambo101 Sep 2014 #52
While we are at it.. sendero Sep 2014 #56
I dont like the idea but jambo101 Sep 2014 #59
Anybody... sendero Sep 2014 #60
No. This is ridiculous. RedCappedBandit Sep 2014 #53
Maybe. LWolf Sep 2014 #57
I say yes only because bigwillq Sep 2014 #58
!!! linuxman Sep 2014 #61
Didn't you mean save me from Bloomberg? badtoworse Sep 2014 #62
. linuxman Sep 2014 #64
No. The punishment wouldn't fit the crime. ZombieHorde Sep 2014 #66
Interesting. Savannahmann Sep 2014 #69
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