Do you think anything will ever be done about the marketing that joints like PJ and PH get away with in purporting to be `healthy` ingredients, along with their cheap price to all the single moms that purchase that crap 2 to 3 times a week and are raising obese kids....we all have to contribute big tax dollars because of this problem.
In general, all companies--not just pizza chains like Papa John's and Pizza Hut--have to be very careful about making health claims. There are now so many people out there, like the Food Babe, and many other watchdog organizations that watch what food companies say and do that the companies have learned to be more careful about what they say for fear that they may be sued and possibly harmed by the attendant bad publicity that can easily go viral in today's Internet world. In fact, a while back, Tom Lehmann gave me links to some articles that discussed claims that were made, and settled, against food companies for saying things that didn't strike me as being particularly egregious. Of course, companies like Papa John's and Pizza Hut will promote the quality of the ingredients used to make their pizzas, just as they have always done. But, as best I can tell, they don't make health claims.
I think it is also important to keep in mind that in our system of capitalism the owners and employees of food companies, including the pizza chains, are rewarded for increasingly pushing more product out the door. That is one of the reasons why portion sizes are so large in restaurants. The companies owe no duty to tell diners or consumers to exercise restraint in their eating habits or to exercise or take any other measures to work off the excess calories. And from the restraint standpoint we have clearly failed as a nation, as evidenced by the fact that the U.S. is now the first or second "fattest" nation in the world (Mexico owns the other spot), with a lot of the blame being placed on the increasingly high carbohydrate diets of people as a consequence of trying to reduce the amount of fat in the diet. So, it isn't just companies like Papa John's and Pizza Hut. Eventually, we all end up paying for health issues related to obesity, through our premiums and taxes. There is no individual responsibility or accountability. And all of the polls clearly show that people to not want to be told what to eat, and especially if the government tries to do that.
I will close this post by noting that after several years of increasing obesity in children, the rate of obesity in children has started to abate. But it is still too early to identify the reasons for the decline and whether the decline is just a blip that is likely to reverse again.