GodsStudent, this isn't a problem that can be curbed by constraints in middle school or high school. It's not just processed or fast-foods that's the problem. It's more the result of an epidemic of self-indulgent citizens of a country that has not known the meaning of moderation in any area of life. We're a nation that is saturated with food, alcohol, fashion, drugs, sex, and any other means of self-gratification.
And obsession with food didn't just start with this generation.
No end to obesity epidemic, 20-year forecast shows
Part of the reason for the continuing rise is that the population is growing and aging. People ages 45 to 64 are most likely to be obese, Finkelstein said.
Today, more than 78 million U.S. adults are obese, defined as having a body-mass index of 30 or more.
When I grew up with 8 brothers and sisters, we ate a balanced meal of meat, potatoes, and vegetable. It was a rare occasion that we had dessert, in fact, I don't remember a time. Mom bought 1 6-pack of soda occasionally, and with 11 people in the house, sharing was a necessity. In the evening when we wanted a snack, we drew straws to see who had to go downstairs and make the peanut butter toast. That was a treat.
All that's to say.... the government is a bit too late in wanting to control this particular epidemic imo. Not that I agree with their effort to control this, but again, there are many other ways that will be used to satisfy our never-ending need for self-gratification. If you read about the "Prohibition" of the 1920-30's, the government's effort to eliminate places where alcohol was available, didn't work for very long and a nightmare ensued in an effort to enforce it. Hence, my remark about black-marketing. When restrictions by the government are deemed to be restrictive of personal freedoms, people will find a way to ignore it by doing so outside the view of law enforcement.
I'm not sure what the solution is, but I don't think what people eat or where they eat should be the government's concern.