Should Government Take Away One's Freedom To Eat Essay

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Is it wrong for the government to take away one’s freedom to eat to their liking? Some argue that it is since it can save time, money and lives from the country's citizens. Others disagree because they say it takes from the rights of the citizens in terms of freedom. Though in all honesty, the government should intervene in the average citizens diets; the amount of benefits that come with it greatly outweigh the idea of freedom towards being able to choose what one wants to eat. When thinking of a population, what percentage of it is informed about the types of situations the government is worried about to the point where the average citizen could make just decisions? Obesity is a disorder involving excessive body fat that increases the risk of health problems. According to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, about 7 out of 10 people can identify heart disease and diabetes as serious consequences to obesity. Obviously, knowledge about these consequences aren’t known by the…show more content…
If the government can take something like that away, what else will they take away? Well, in this day and age where technology and information is everywhere, sadly not all citizens are educated enough on health to formulate a healthy diet. Instead of expecting the public to simply accept a ban in a type of food eaten for generations, the government should have a more “realpolitik-like” view on the situation. The government can enforce the education of healthy eating on its citizens and then proceed to give more detailed nutritional facts on all varieties of foods sold. This wouldn’t nearly be as effective as banning something big like trans fats, but it's a step in the right direction in terms of lowering the number of obese citizens in the United States and possibly saving a big chunk of money in terms of paying taxes on food stamps and medical

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