I find this proposal to be silly to say the least. One of the fundamental principles of business, American life and livelihood, and why the human brain has the ability to analyze differences between objects is choice. We as humans like choice; why else would there be over 30 different varieties of peanut butter at the grocery store or hundreds of different cars you could potentially buy? We don't like feeling constrained in our ability to do what we want by others or the rules established others who believe they know what you want better than you do. It's ridiculous.
|I really like this kind of choice|
Rather than restricting choice for consumers, politicians and companies should focus instead on educating them on what they are eating. Posting calorie counts on soda bottles and restaurant menus is something which I think is a great idea. Starting early on by educating children to eat healthy and stay active is another step in the right direction. Revising school lunches is another good idea. Looking back at what my high school cafeteria served, I can say that it wasn't exactly the best stuff in the world for me. Pizza, burgers, fries and the like aren't things that should be eaten every day, but I did because that's what was available. If I didn't do crew I probably would have put on a few pounds during high school, but I digress.
|My best frenemy for the past four years|
What we as consumers and as citizens should demand of our government isn't to find ways to make us healthier by restricting what we can and can not have to eat. Instead, we should demand that more transparency be put in place into what goes into our food and the nutritional information of what we eat. It's also the responsibility of us as consumers to be active buyers and be aware of the choices we have. Maybe instead of regular Coke get Diet Coke, if you don't like the taste of Diet Coke then get regular Coke, but know you're getting empty calories from that. Don't like that? Then go exercise to burn it off or switch to water. The same thing applies when deciding between a large or small drink. Don't go around blaming others that you're getting fat because you chose a less healthy option; nobody forced you to do anything. You control what you eat, and if you're unhealthy because of it then do something about it or just a blissful, happy life just the way you are.
I believe that Bloomberg's proposal was done with good intentions, but it really just does not work. What this proposal and any subsequent similar proposal does is treat the symptom rather than the cause which is what we should be going after.
Phew, that was a long post. If you made it this far, congratulations. Few topics usually get me impassioned about them but this is one of them. Given that, what's your opinion on Mayor Bloomberg's proposal? Do you agree? What do you think should be done about the obesity epidemic?
All the best,
P.S. - if you would like to read more, here's the article I got the quote from. Otherwise, any news site is probably running some story on this so Google is your friend.