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7/18/03 - Tyler

Obesity Lawsuits Don't Sit Well At Lunchtime

For many, East Texas lunchtime means burgers and fries.

Are they good?


Are they good for you?

Not so much.

In fact, a recent lawsuit was filed in New York City against McDonalds for failing to warn people about the content and risk of fatty burgers, saying it contributes to obesity.

And the point is?

"Well, it's kind of silly," Longview's Dan Hager says. "I mean, everybody knows the food has a lot of fat and grease in it. You have to take everything in moderation. Unfortunately Americans do everything in excess."

"It's ridiculous," Tyler's Bill Ward says. "Grown people ought to know what they're eating, and to sue somebody for food that's making them fat is crazy."

According to U.S. Government statistics, about sixty-five percent of the population of America is overweight. Weight-related problems cause three-hundred thousand deaths and cost the country about a hundred billion dollars a year.

At Jucy's in East Texas, the burgers and fries are a lunch tradition. And their customers say they know what they're doing.

"When it comes down to it, it's more people wanting the money," says James Fitzgerald of White Oak. "You know what you're eating. A hamburger is not the healthiest thing to eat anyway, but I eat them about three times a week."

For the hungry patrons at Jucy's, they say they understand the risks. They'll have it their way.

"I think personal responsibility is something that's taken kind of cheaply now," Hager says.

"We've become a society that wants to blame someone else for our actions," Henderson's Ann Bradshaw says. "See who you can blame for your mistakes, and that's not right."

So at lunchtime, East Texans take responsibility for their own orders.

Reid Kerr (rkerr@kltv.com) reporting.

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