Where are the parents?


Overall, yes, it’s a bit more of the nanny state encroaching into people’s lives buuuut…

WASHINGTON — Encouraged by Michelle Obama’s campaign to reduce childhood obesity, the company that owns the Olive Garden, Red Lobster and four other popular restaurant chains is pledging to cut the calories and sodium in its meals and overhaul its kids’ fare.

Darden Restaurants Inc. was unveiling the changes Thursday, with the first lady on hand to lend support.

The company will pledge to reduce the calories and sodium in all its meals by 10 percent over five years, and by 20 percent over 10 years. For children, French fries and sugar-sweetened beverages will become the exception and not the rule.

All kids’ meals will automatically come with a side of fruit or vegetables and eight ounces of 1 percent milk unless an adult requests a substitute, Drew Madsen, president and chief operating officer of Orlando, Fla.-based Darden, told The Associated Press.

It’s a sad predicament that because of irresponsible parents, the state is given yet another excuse to tell us what to do.

It’s a sad fact that when people fail to take personal responsibility, the state will take it for them. That’s just the nature of governments.

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    • UsneakydevilU
    • September 16th, 2011

    Be nice if the government could take responsibility of its own disorders. The U.S. government is overweight, inefficient, dishonest, pompous and it has a compulsive disorder to fix all social problems without having a clue on how to do so.
    But parents aren’t off the hook, maybe we need to open some parenting schools, that would be money well spent.

    • If only someone could tell that gubnit NO when Bernanke walks in with a super-size order of “fries”.

    • The Wizard of WOZ
    • September 16th, 2011

    “The company will pledge to reduce the calories and sodium in all its meals by 10 percent over five years, and by 20 percent over 10 years.”

    I’d have a quiet wager they will achieve this by reducing portion sizes while increasing prices…

    • Fukn WA strikes again.

        • The Wizard of WOZ
        • September 17th, 2011

        Sorry what?

        • The quiet wager. Didn’t think of that, but can’t disagree.

    • Just secede and have an open window for any Aussie to switch passports… including non-residents.

      • Actually, come to think of it, so should QLD. No offence to Carpe, but that’d really stick it to those Vic fucks for screwing it up for the rest of us on OUR money.

        Just build a damn dam, you wankers.*

        *Not you carpe, you must be beside yourself even more so.

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