Canada has long needed a bit of regulation in the food that kids eat. This is because of the fact that a lot of these foods that are advertised to kids have a lot of sugar and fat in them and can end up causing obesity. Hence, companies that produce such products definitely need to be controlled a little bit, because prevention is always better than a cure after the fact.
In spite of the mountains of evidence that support regulating the kids food market, a lot of people claim that the bill that is working its way through parliament is a bad idea , and that it would end up doing more harm than good. One major problem that people have with the bill is that it is anti capitalist as it would make it more difficult for food companies to create and market products for and to an entire demographic.
One claim that people that are against the bill make is that obesity levels are decreasing regardless, so the bill is not necessary in order to ensure the health of children in the country. While it is true that obesity levels have decreased marginally, the cause for this decrease is the fact that so much effort has been put into educating people about how fattening these foods can be, as well as government sponsored exercise programs and the like. Since positive change did come from previous government initiatives, it makes sense that more regulations would be passed in order to make more positive changes.
Additionally, obesity is not the only problem that arises from fast food for kids and the like. Diabetes is on the rise and it is being caused by these foods, and other diseases can arise later in life if people are not more careful about what their kids eat.
Another claim that is being made to delegitimize the bill is that more emphasis should be placed on making kids exercise more. People are claiming that if kids start exercising they would end up burning off the fat and making their system healthy regardless, but this is not true at all. The best way to make sure you don’t gain wait is to cut down on calories. Eating normal food can ensure a low intake of calories, but fast food makes your calorie intake soar which is why regulations are so necessary.
Lack of evidence is also being cited as a reason for market regulation being unnecessary, but the truth of the matter is that there is a lot of research that has been conducted into this particular field and all of it seems to state that food regulation is going to work. After all the government is not going to implement changes that have not been thoroughly researched already. All in all, these changes are necessary for the overall health of Canada’s populace, and all claims to the contrary are easy to debunk.