Los Angeles bureaucrats are going to ban the opening of new fast food joints within a 32-square-mile area of the city. Of course, that will promote healthier eating! Surely, that will have people shopping for fresh food, cooking at home, and eating veggies and lean meats as opposed to processed junk. The city council’s measure will:
…will be accompanied by moves to encourage more grocery chains and fresh food stores to open for business.
“If people want to eat at a restaurant or go shopping at a neighborhood grocery store, these are choices that are not readily available to them at this time,” said councilwoman Jan Perry, who spearheaded the measure.
Of course, “restaurant” eating is no better than fast food. Bad food choices can be made anywhere, as well as “better” food choices. Somehow, government bureaucrats believe that a burger and onion rings at Jill’s Diner is better than a chicken sandwich at Burger King? Additionally, the choices for restaurants and grocery stores are not available because it is not profitable to do so, otherwise profit-seeking entrepreneurs would have captured the market and opened the grocery stores that sell fresh food. Thus, people in that area demand junk food.
Eating out (consistently) is the choice of those who are too lazy to cook. The behavior of people has been forged by years of habitual laziness and/or not caring about the consequences of their choices. Obesity and the non-upkeep of one’s body and/or health is the preference for immediate satisfaction as opposed to long-term maintenance, good looks, and good health. It is a choice. Greasy burger now …. umm good …. consequences later. “Later” means one can assign the ill effects of a choice to some point out in the future and convince themselves that later will never really come (or they won’t really notice it), because it’s not right now. Obesity is a time preference issue. The greasy burger tastes good now, and people with high time preferences care about right now – not later.
The health effects of obesity are easily seen (see mirror, see scale) , and are, at some point, measurable via issues that indicate declining health. No one can be chubby, fat, or obese, and not be consistently aware if it. But they have made the choice to choose what makes them fat. No government policies, central planning, or bans on food items can change that reality. Thanks to Lance Connelly for the link.7:58 am on July 25, 2008 Email Karen De Coster