Should there be a requirement to include obese people in the fast food commercials?

It is so irritating that in almost all American fast food promotional ads if there is a person, it is average or skinny.
Is like if they try to fool people by showing that skinny people is into the fast foods lifestyle.
I honestly see it as an insult for not showing the reality of the situation.Should there be a requirement to include obese people in the fast food commercials??Should there be a requirement to include obese people in the fast food commercials??Should there be a requirement to include obese people in the fast food commercials??Should there be a requirement to include obese people in the fast food commercials??
Updates:
Thankyou everybody who commented. My goal was to be polemic as possible and make GAGERs eager to participate. Bec. the more we talk about a topic no matter how uncomfortable it makes us feel, the better informed we become. Obesity is a major problem that affects everyone directly or indirectly but we are not doing enough as citizens to help solve the problem. I perhaps didn't word Q efficiently, but I wished people could have been more analytical and see advantages of my proposal.@TheGreyVisionary

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  • Fast food doesn’t make people fat. The circumstances around why people choose fast food makes them fat

    Eg lack of time transportation price food deserts etc...

    That I said I’m all for a wider range of body shapes and actors being included in all advertising

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    • Lol. Fast food doesn't make people fat.

      Please, get serious. You are talking like the coca cola spokesperson telling congress cola is good for someone because it helps them reach their daily water intake. (Search it up)

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    • If there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that people have different needs and different diets. One size and one diet do not fit all OP

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      I know. One day I won't be so lucky but right now as a college student, fast food is cheap and fast.

  • As humans we are attracted to things we cannot be. Plus size people are awesome and there is always the say "Don't judge the book by it's cover"
    In a way I think it is a marketing scheme to make it seem less harmfull. If there were obese and plus size people within fast food commercial it would show directly that the food they sell isn't completely healthy. But however when advertised with fit people automatically mentally it makes it seem less harmfull. Also we live in a sensitive world these days. If fast food commercials did have obese people the company would be dealing with a lot of hate comments on social medias also lots of misunderstandings.

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  • That doesn't attract a lot of customers. If I have a business, I want to maximize the amount of customers I have. If I put on an ad that sends the message "out of shape people like this", I'll have almost no customers.
    Besides that, the way a person's shape is shouldn't really matter in these commercials. Average and skinny people eat fast food all the time. In fact, the 'average body' look is the average customer. I work as a fast food manager and I can say honestly that we get a large range of customers, and only a handful are in noticeable bad shape.

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  • I'm thinking more like a warning from the Surgeon General in the corner of the screen. "Caution, may cause obesity, type II diabetes, bowel cancer, morbid obesity, gastrointestinal reflux disease, etc.
    Big business is poisoning you for profit, and not just the fast food companies but nearly ALL food producers. In addition to the added salt, sugar and fat, there are more than 8000 food additives used in the food industry---most of them unnecessary to your well-being. This does not include the dozens of pesticides.
    ~JSmith

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  • Commercials are Made to influence people into buying a certain product. Having skinny people advertise fast food restaurants causes more people to shop their. If they replaced them with fat peoples, less people will purchase food from them thinking that it will cause them to be fat/gain weight

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  • Kinda like the cigarette packs now, and all the scary pictures they have on them. I guess so, but its an advertisement and such a huge company isn't gonna unpromote itself. Maybe they should just at least use average szed people, a mixture of some chubby people , just not all stick thin. And like actually incorporate healthier options or sth

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  • No one is fooled except idiots. People eat there because it's cheap and they like it. Should your face be on every anti-bullying commercial? You know, the mean kid that bullies people because of their appearance?

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  • Congratulations, you don't understand jackshit about the purpose of commercials.

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  • There should be I’ve actually said this before and they should air them during the day so kids can watch them

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    • Yeaaa, and they should make that clown McDonalds fat too.
      There is no way he can be living off burgers and be that skinny.

  • I mean eating fast food every once in a while won't make you fat. They openly share the amount of calories and fat and stuff. People know its unhealthy

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  • No, as long as their commercials aren't saying that you can't get fat from their food or that no fat people eat their food, they're not exactly lying and therefore shouldn't be required to change their adds.

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    • It’s common sense. Any old fool is aware that they can get fat from consuming these foods

  • No, there shouldn’t be unless the same is required of all restaurant, beer, soda, and grocery commercials. Anything is fine in moderation. Let’s not blame the sellers for overindulgence.

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  • Because they're advertising their businesses. They're trying to attract people not make people not want to eat there. Besides, it's the individuals fault for being overweight. A person is supposed to consume a certain amount of calories daily.

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  • I know someone who eats McDonald’s constantly and she weights about 8 stone wet through. Some people are skinny and eat crap. Some people are fat and eat crap. I don’t see the point in tailoring ads to just fat people.

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  • Only an idiot doesn't know that eating a lot of McDonalfs will makes them fat.

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    • "Tacos R awesome"

      Hmmm.

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    • This time it looks like there are more idiots out there then smart people... I mean look, even presidents have no need for intelligence...

    • @DamnSam that's because idiots are less likely to use protection. And geniuses might be too focused on their thing to have kids.

  • I think they are just trying to catch customers attention with skinny/normal people

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  • Advertising is based on aspirations- it's simply based on the fact that things don't sell as well unless it's something people aim for.

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  • That wouldn’t be very appealing advertising though would it.

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  • No that's going to easy on us. It would be most realistic to include a diabetic, liver failure patient eating a burger in a hospital bed. #I'mlovinit

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  • Just because you eat fast food doesn't make you fat.

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  • I think it would be interesting and I am for it. That being said, it won't help the people who know it's bad but can't afford better or don't know how to do better.

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  • Yes, while we're at it, models who promote make-up like mascara that extends eyelashes should be required to wear it instead of wearing fake eyelashes to fool people into buying it.

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  • Eh. I'm skinny and I love fast food, I have it twice a week. It's been like that for a good year or two and I'm still skinny as heck

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  • Yes so people will see the outcome if they keep eating that shit.

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  • I think no matter what type you are you should be required to be in any commercial

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  • I dont know if this is sarcastic or not but putting obese people in commercials about food that is terrible for you but fnatastiv anyway is wrong

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  • Wait how about some obnoxious drunks in the beer commercials to.

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  • The guy on the last post loves his fastfoods😂. But I don't know

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  • That's not how adverisment is..

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  • Go watch “supersize me” on YouTube

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  • ridiculous idea will you pay for that?

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  • Well it would make complete sense in relation to health, but as always they’re just trying to promote their product so they don’t want to portray the truth of negative effects. Bias is always an issue people need to address with most things and shouldn’t just be taken at face value.

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  • Sure that's realistic

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  • Speaking of McDonalds. After eating there my shit was legit green.

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  • It's not exactly good marketing. From a marketing perspective, anyone who did that in a fast food commercial should be fired. Fast food places have been trying to fight against the unhealthy image for a long time. They sure as heck aren't going to perpetuate that image.

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  • I don't know about a "requirement" for any demographic, unless that's the main audience you're trying to sell to.

    And I look thin. I go to fast food joints a lot - though to be fair, I usually get a water, (once in a while a pop) and that's it. Maybe twice a month I'll get something to eat.

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    • I agree with this. I gave up soda, and sugar... I lost 2kgs in a week!

  • This is a touchy topic for the morbidly overweight because for some, it's not overeating/binge eating that made them this way. Stress is also a contributing factor. Depression is a contributing factor. Thyroid/glandular issues can play a hand as well in obesity.

    In my opinion, I don't think we should include the obese in fast food commercials. It produces a blanket stereotype that this is what obese/fat people often do. I don't think making it a requirement is a good idea.

    My thoughts on it are influenced by my disdain for the "body positivity" movement. You know, that movement of "fat acceptance" that is supposed to make women feel good about themselves and make them feel accepted and, thus, empowered about their size with little regard for the fact that obesity opens up the door for many more health-related complications such as diabetes, increased risk of heart attack, possible amputation of a limb or two, sedentary lifestyle choices, more binge eating, etc.

    Of course, that's an entirely different topic. I just wanted you to understand why I do not approve of the requirement that obese people should be included in fast food commercials.

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  • Don't know why people are bitching about this so much. Seems like a reasonable idea.

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    • I know man, is like the cigarettes commercials now have a cancer warning in them.

      But fast food dont say anything about the food causing obesity or health problems.

    • If they are not legally required to do so, of course they won't.
      But I can imagine it not being required to put "unhealthy and can cause obesity" on it because that would be required on almost 50% of the food out there.
      Besides, it's only unhealthy in large proportions, which only makes the case harder.

  • fast food doesn't get you fat dude lol... over eating does
    you can over eat broccoli and still get fat...

    I eat fast food all kinds... but I don't over eat during the day... so if one combo is 1200 calories, well too bad... I only have 500 more for the day for example

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  • Well didn't McDonalds sponsor the Olympics at some stage? If that can happen, I don't see much hope for any honest adverts. Id love to see an iPhone advert where some guy who is working on the phones jumps through the window to try and kill himself, lands on the nets they have and gets dragged back to his post

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  • This is totally unrelated but, in Canada, cigarette manufacturers were asked to put warning labels on the packaging of all cigarettes, which shows a few of the worst effects of smoking. Do you know what it did, next to nothing. People still smoke, some quite excessively. My point is that I'm not sure your idea would work. People will do whatever they wanna do regardless of knowing the bad effects or not.

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  • no. this would be a major overstep. there is no requires to show people of certain demographics in ads.
    if people can't ascertain that foods at mcdonalds may be unhealthy and lead to weight gain on their own at this point... that's their own issue

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  • its a product as much it's killing people regretably all court decisions on the matter say that people have the right to choose better and have greater responsibility about their health, and that means you can't expect companies to not want to advertise themselves well, and stay marketable

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  • To be honest they should have them in commercials. It wouldn't have to be in every commercial but since they're such an important part of the custom base they deserve to be represented.

    To be fair food commercials always lie its not just McDonald's its pretty much all of them.

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  • No. If you owned a franchise, would you want to be associated with obesity and unhealthy lifestyles? The whole point is marketing. Should it be required for casinos and lottery commercials to show people with depression and gambling problems? It is your choice to eat and spend money on things, the companies just cater to the consumers' needs and should not suffer for that.

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  • It's pretty obvious why they aren't in there, man: People don't want to be fat. No fat people are in advertising because even fat people don't *want* to be fat; they've simply *accepted* that they're fat. But no one, and I mean NO one, WANTS to be fat. Advertising is an attempt to show us all things that we are supposed to *want,* in this case, crappy food, but if the people seen eating the food in the ads are fat, unattractive people, lots of people will stop buying it. Pretty simple.

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  • Some people who are overweight may take offence to seeing that, therefore starting protests and arguments which shouldn't be in place from the beginning. Every individual person should be included and have the same opprotunuty as the next but it would cause lots of controversy

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  • It's marketing, plain and simple. You present the product in the best light you can.

    And, by the way, fast food does not - in and of itself - make someone fat. Eating too much of it, and not exercising, does. Even that should be qualified- you can eat pretty healthy at many fast food places (including Mickey D's), it's just that most people choose not to.

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  • Even though it might make people actually think twice, I can imagine that the protests and subsequent boycott of the business is enough for them to not do that. Simply put, what attracts more people? Is it subtly shouting out that they are fat or is it just telling them how good the food is?

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  • This goes deeper than that. It's not just the fast food that's doing that... what about the big pharmaceutical corporations that make medicine that causes more harm than it helps?

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  • Who gives a shit dude stop making a thing out of everything

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    • Since when worrying about what is going on in my society and speaking out is bad?

      Much better than been quiet like you, what you doing for your society?

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    • You think American obesity crisis is a small thing?

      You must think having heart attack is a joke.

      Fucking morons, if you are going to talk nonsense do it somewhere else. I can't handle your bs.

    • Adults know what they are doing to themselves when they eat fast food. Everybody knows that, nobody gives a shit about any commercials. That is the dumbest idea i have ever heard.

  • Well there aren't that many obese actors. Interestingly, I don't see that many obese people at fast food joints. Most are unhealthy skinny or maybe a tad above average.

    Also a legal requirement? No way, that's ridiculous.

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  • Why? McDonald's didn't make anyone fat. We don't need nannies. You don't think skinny people eat at McDonald's? However much I hate do-gooders, I do believe the antibiotics in our food supply probably helps make people fat, but in the end it's free will you don't want to Outlaw that do you?

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  • Lmfao. Forced inclusion of fat people in fast food ads and sickly people in cigarette ads. Genius.

    Inb4 the inevitable (and just, tbh) liquidation of all fast food restaurants and companies selling branded cigarettes.

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  • Fast food in of itself doesn't make people overweight or unhealthy. You just need to practice moderation. As for setting advertisement requirements, I tend to vote on the side of minimal government interference.

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  • Fast food alone doesn't make you fat dumbo, its the excess amount that makes you fat. Its not like they are showing commercials of someone eating 20 burgers at once. If you need a commercial to tell you how to eat then you have bigger problems...

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  • Skinny people are into fast food. And basic marketing shows people don't want to look at unattractive people so why would they have commercials featuring them?

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  • 1. Do you really need to see Huge Heifer or Rolza Phat on a commercial to know that Big Macs are not health food? Anyone who does not already realize that is probably not amenable to further education.

    2. I cringe any time I hear the argument made for additional government regulations. Government regulation of our lives is not what the founding fathers envisioned. If we don't like what MacDonald's is doing, we can let them know by not patronizing their business.

    3. The fact that people do not boycott MacDonald's proves that this is what the masses want. Are you suggesting that we should force people to engage in "healthy" behaviors, regardless of their individual choices and preferences? I think people should have the right to make bad choices because, if you are granted the freedom only to make choices that others deem appropriate, you have not been granted any freedom at all.

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  • I put myself on a diet where I watched my calorie intake. I ate McDonalds five days a week. I lost a lot of weight. These are just bullet points but it is true. My question to you is, what the hell are you talking about?

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    • How many calories did you eat a day? And how much Mc Donald meals did you eat in a day?

    • @anniisa Between 1800-2100 calories a day and I got the same thing when i went to mcdonalds to eat before work, 2 cheeseburgers small fries and a coke.

  • YEAH! That would be great! Like they have those people with holes in their necks for the cigarette commercials, they should have fatasses for fast food commercials.

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  • I mean the libertarian in me says 'no' but that sounds like it would be funnier than liberty is worth.

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  • So basically you haven't got the foggiest idea of the basic principles behind making a commercial do you? The principle behind it isn't the same as making a documentary I can tell you that much.

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    • @update there is no advantage in your proposal aka anti-commercials... also it is common knowledge that fast food is unhealthy

  • Great Idea! would never happen but yeah... It's pretty sad

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  • When are people ever going to grow up, pretend they are adults, and take responsibility for their own actions? Fast food companies have every right to exsist, and advertise any way they want as long as they don't lie. Do they claim that only skinny people eat there? No, just saying they can too. If as an adult someone can't understand that fatty foods, lead to a fatty ass, they deserve it, as well as the heart attack that's following close behind. Thin the herd I say. While we are at it, let's get God to make a PSA about not staring into the sun. He made it, it's his fault if I damage my eyes, right? Grow up america, and just dont buy the crap then.

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