Reader Adam writes;
I don't know that I can really blame McDonald's for making people fat. Anyone ought to have enough sense to know that you can't eat cheeseburgers, fries and shakes every day... and McD's is offering more healthy alternatives, now.
My dad was very unhealthy toward the end of his life. He smoked, was overweight, didn't exercise and sat in his La-Z-Boy a lot. People applauded the regulation of big tobacco. McDonald's and other restaurant chains are being sued now... should we go after La-Z-Boy next, for making unhealthy and addictive furniture?
I can't stand the thought of restaurants being regulated by the government or penalized for offering rich food that people like. We had some pretty rich food at my Mom's house, yesterday, I can tell you. Burgers and brats. We are planning a trip to Memphis, this summer, that includes a stop at Dyers restaurant on Beale Street (this is exactly the kind of local culture that I have learned to love so much) where the hamburgers are deep fried, in (reputedly) the same grease they have used since 1912. There used to be a sign on the wall, apparently, that said "We dip 'em, and McDonald's don't".