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As I sit and watch television, it occurs to me that there are many commercials for food places. I usually do not pay attention to these commercials, but for some reason I did today. A few commercials were for chicken-type meals (and of course it is fast food places) and I noticed that what they are offering is breaded chicken, bread of some type (garlic toast, biscuits, etc) and french fried potatoes. THIS IS NOTHING BUT A BASKET OR MEAL OF CARBS, CARBS, AND MORE CARBS! Good Lord, these places are helping the epidemic of Type 2 diabetes by offering these type of meal deals. It should be outlawed. I mean, what isn't to like in this type of meal? It is a carb lovers dream! My hubby and I have slated McDonald's food as a heart attack in a sack. I do not even think about fast food anymore. Can't stomach it let alone want to put that crap in my system. I just don't understand why these places offer this type of food. Who is the targeted audience here? Same way with sugary cereals...who is it targeted at? Kids. I believe this should be handled the same way they handled advertisement for cigarettes and smoking back when. Ban it. Or, at least put disclaimers on it. How many people are walking around with diabetes and doesn't even know it? Just a bit of a rant I guess. I'll step down now. Thank you for listening.
 
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i hear you, but dont play the stereotype card that if someone is fat, they caused their diabetes

i last had "fast food" (Arbys) 13+ months ago. had the RB sandwich w/o the bread. i was ill an hour later. i would rather not eat, then eat fast food
 
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i hear you, but dont play the stereotype card that if someone is fat, they caused their diabetes

i last had "fast food" (Arbys) 13+ months ago. had the RB sandwich w/o the bread. i was ill an hour later. i would rather not eat, then eat fast food
I so agree...I cannot even handle the smell of fast foods...I prefer to eat at home to anywhere...

naynay...I think advertising is to telling us that by eating c**pola we'll be sexy and rich and all the rest .... lol well I think the evidence all around us shows that's not true
 
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I think it's telling us it's quick and cheap that we want. We live in a culture where people get on an elevator and repeatedly press the button to their floor, hoping to speed up the what - 5 seconds? - it takes for the door to close.

We have instant rice because people can't wait 20 minutes for it to cook? Fast food is even quicker than having to wait to heat up frozen dinners (no quality comments) - and so far more desirable. The list is endless. We're impatient. We want it now, and we want it cheap.

My demented mom, when I take her to a restaurant, wants to know before the server's backside is even out of sight, "did she go fishing for our dinner?" and she almost never ate fast food!

That said, if I could have a basket of fries right now without repercussion .... Let's just say I'm not the purist youse guys are.
 

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Hi all, Went on holiday last week to Noosa, ate out every evening, but it was really hard work, difficult to find food that I could eat, or want to eat. Luckily found this Thai Cafe that did chicken/beef stirfry, which did the trick, but unable to really enjoy eating out with my family, Its all Carbs or really expensive steaks.
 

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I would never stereotype as to someone being fat caused their diabetes. I know plenty of people who are thin and are diabetic, so I know that weight has no real bearing on diabetes. I would not want to be stereotyped because I'm overweight that caused my diabetes. It may have been a factor, but not what caused it. I also know many people who are overweight or grossly obese who do not have diabetes. So I certainly am aware that weight is not always an issue with the big D.
Unfortunately we are a society of impatient people. I am one of those people who has hit the button in the elevator when I'm in a hurry, knowing full well it is not going to make the elevator go any faster. Just my inability to deal with wasted time I guess. All I'm saying is that the fast food industry is helping the cause along of future diabetics by offering a meal deal that is nothing but carb loaded. When I was a kid, we didn't eat McDonalds alot. It was actually a treat to get a burger from McD's. Now, kids know it as a way of life. It is just a sad state of affairs. What happened to our world? Even food that is considered "natural" isn't really natural anymore. So much genetics of our "natural" foods has been changed, it is more synthetic than natural. I'm just saddened by all of it. I guess if you dwell on it, it can make you crazy.
 
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I definitely agree we are bombarded with food images and porn-y descriptions. Airbrushed ones, at that!

Even on the news websites, you get "food and eatocracy," etc. And for cryin out loud, there is a FOOD CHANNEL! Are there any low-carb eating shows there? No? I stopped getting cable 20 yrs ago. Too hypnotic, and too much the OMG I PAID FOR IT, better use it, attitude.
 

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I just don't understand why these places offer this type of food.

IMHO - these places offer this type of food because people CONTINUE to buy it. If no one bought it, the place would fold up and we all know that isn't going to happen. I'm old enough to remember 'pre-McDonald's' days when everyone ate at home. How in the world did people survive back then? :)
 
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Sometimes when I see what other people do shop, I`m chocked.
There are easy a couple of thousand carbohydrates in their Cart, and they believe it is healthy:eek:

When it comes to fastfood; I was in BurgerKing some weeks ago and I bought their lowcarb-burger. I know I cant do that often, but one of those burgers are only 26,3 carbo, and I really needed to spoil myself a little....
Usually I never eat so much carbohydrates, but sometimes I do when I`m really craving for it.
 

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I was a fast food junkie not too long ago, I am ashamed to say. I fell inot that trap. I think that my diabetes is a product of fast food and junk. I ate out a lot and ate a lot of bad food. Diabetes saved my life from that and the unhealthy lifestyle I once led.

I'm Paul and I'm a fast food addict! (was)
 

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I'm Paul and I'm a fast food addict! (was)
Hello Paul...it takes alot of courage to admit to your addiction! Glad you added the (was)!
 

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LOL....it is tough but I finally got it out there, no more denial for me. Like the weight of the worls is lifted.
 

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I'm definitely not a "perfect eater" and upon rare occasions I have gone to fast food joints too. My husband jokingly calls those places "chew & choke" joints.

But seriously, if none of us frequented these places, they wouldn't last. But times have changed, not necessarily for the better, and fast food is everywhere. Heck......it is even at the gas stations. Stop and think about it, in these parts there is no such thing as a plain gas station with the gas pumps outside. Now it is the gas pumps outside, but if you go in the bldg to pay there is everything and anything you can grab and eat on the way home or wherever you are going.

In spite of knowing how bad they are.......there is a Mobil station near our home that sells the nicest looking donuts and yours truly enjoys donuts. Do I need one? No!! It is my comfort food and I do know better.
 

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Yep, I remember before McDs too, but we still had DQ! It was 20 miles away from where we lived, but when we went to that town, we often ate at DQ.
The nearest DQ is less than 5 miles from our house, and if their stuff wasn't so carb laden I would probably stop in there once in a while. But as kids......yes we stopped there when we visited a town that had a DQ.
 

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We still do Arby's fast food . . . I take my high-fiber wrap along, ditch the buns & transfer the roast beef filling to roll up in the wrap. And we go only on Tuesdays, when they have regular Arby's for $1.29 (used to be 99¢, but still quite a reduction from the regular price of $2.99)
 

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What a great idea, Shanny. I'll check that out tomorrow at my nearest one.

I have very happy memories of our nearby hamburger joint where 'everyone' met on the weekends. Many years before McD's.
 
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