Remember the uproar over the Ďbeing heavier is healthier than being thinnerí reports of a few weeks ago? Itís been hyped, overhyped, oversold, exaggerated all over the media. But one group, The Center for Consumer Freedom (I hesitate to give them a place on this forum, but itís important to name sources), has devoted quite an effort into what they perceive as an effort to deny us the right to eat what we want. Personal responsibility and freedom is their mantra.
No surprise that they are funded by restaurants, food companies, and consumers, and that they target lawyers and The Center for Science in the Public Interest, which supports taxes on certain foods, such as soda, snack foods, etc., as part of an effort to increase funding for nutrition and exercise education and programs.
Personally, I resent being manipulated in this way, by both sides of the debate. As hard as it is, and as much as I recognize that we are on the receiving end of endless marketing strategies, my eating and exercise habits are mine alone. I canít buy into the stand that there is no such thing as personal responsibility, as stated by some of the lawyers who are bringing lawsuits against the food industry. But at the same time, there ARE ways in which society can help us improve our eating habits, and to increase our exercise.
But taxing soda? Banning junk food ads? Hiding candy behind a counter? And what will the government actually do with the tax money? Will we be barraged with posters and commercials? Or will there be an effort to change certain fundamental aspects of our society such as a lack of safe places to walk or play, and a business environment that encourages working extra hours?
Comments, please. This is an emotionally charged discussion, I think. But we-the-people need to have a voice in this debate.