Soda is not the problem. Chips, Doritos stuffed tacos, ring dings, also not the problem. We know the problem.
“Stop the government from taking away our french fries!!!” Goes the rallying cry. “Mayor Bloomberg can stuff it, we don’t need more laws, more governments telling us what to do!”
The reason that governments need to intervene in the obesity epidemic is that we cannot be trusted to our own devises. We need laws to keep us from hurting ourselves.
Proof abounds that we can’t control ourselves in the face of this delicious and tasty shit that’s readily available. But if more proof is needed, the biggest example of food hypocrisy is our own state fair.
The Great Minnesota get together is a celebration of the bounty of the land, and the harvest. A time to get together and celebrate the greatness that is this state, the ingenuity, the farming prowess, the extraordinary talents of bakers, and all things that are good, and right and wholesome about where we live.
Yet we choose to celebrate this by eating fried snickers on a stick. Why? Because we can’t help ourselves. Not only that, the culture says, “cram as much junk as you can into your pie hole. It’s all in good fun”.
When was the last time you say a sign that said, “hey consider controlling portion sizes today”? Or how about, “you are not entitled to eat a certain way because you can, show some maturity.” Perhaps calorie counts should be displayed on every item. There should be a considerable emphasis placed on the health, and welfare of the people. Information kiosks and discussion forums on obesity, health, and diet tips should be the standard. Healthy eating choices should be not only available, but heavily promoted.
As it stands now the short term financial profit is put ahead of the greater good, state fair organizers should feel compelled to change but they apparently could give a rat’s ass.
So government intervention is required, there is no other solution at this point, greed and gluttony rule the day, and that’s not good enough.