1. When a state regulates and provides for general health care, it eventually must regulate diet of it's people. Otherwise, the system goes bankrupt with folks that choose not to take care of their health, but continue to leverage the free health care. It is only natural and a matter of time. The other option would be to become more self-reliant. But that's tough with some many folks being dependent upon the state in one form or another. This is true of Europe and true of America.
2. Fat is somewhat the culprit because it tastes great and it's loaded with calories. The human body naturally like to accumulate fat for rainy starvation days. But without wars, without famine, most populations just over eat. So fat is 9 calories relative to 4 for carb or protein, and 7 calories for alcohol per gram respectively. Do the math. Fat eaters, and booze drinkers! LOL!
3. Fat does give good flavour. I'd pay for fat, or I'd buy land and raise it myself. Feed animals a lot of carbs, and they do the fat conversion and make food tasty! And salt, etc. aren't that bad if you maintain good levels (by sweating it out doing work and exercise!). Salt has only been an issue because our aging population has exhibited more risk due to hypertension. Salt is a contributor.
4. Healthy menu items at fast food places are oxymorons and designed for marketing purposes. They contribute fairly low margins, but with good supply chain management and ERP systems, big chains can minimize costs and this helps give them market a more PC personna rather being fingered as being at fault by a population that doesn't want to take personal responsibility.
5. I wouldn't want to be a business owner in a fast food place computing fat calories. I'd much prefer to own a bike shop where we had tubing sets and lugs and I brazed my own steel frames and good no-frills, hand made in America bikes starting at $250 (okay, so some parts made in Taiwan and China). But at least we'd make and assemble here. But fat chance of that happening here. Maybe someday, when I retire from the lucrative software engineering job... :-)
But I agree. Too much regs by too much gov't because people take too little personal responsibility. But heck, I'm a big clyde who loves McD!