More die in the United States of too much food than of too little. ~John Kenneth Galbraith, The Affluent Society
Have you ever noticed how many of us are obese? It is especially disturbing to notice how many kids are obese. Who/What is at fault? We hear in the news of McDonald's being forbidden to offer toys in happy meals. The government is trying to legislate what we eat. Do they really think that passing laws, adding taxes, creating more bureaucracy will make one iota of difference? Michelle Obama will fail at this. But Democrats are all about the nanny state - entitlements/bailouts/handouts - doing for others what they should do for themselves only makes them dependent. We are so used to not being accountable and independent that when there is something only we can do for ourselves we cannot find the will or the way.
Without a doubt we are too heavy as a nation and it is becoming an epidemic if it isn't already. Something/Someone outside of us cannot change our eating habits or determine what we eat. There are companies that plan to base the employee contribution to health care premiums on body mass index - the heavier the person the more that person will have to pay toward the premium. I can see this working to some extent but the motivation will be money not health but who cares if the person loses weight?
All the warnings about diabetes, heart disease, cholesterol, early death, amputations, blindness don't scare us enough to cause a change in behavior. The smoker isn't concerned enough about cancer, heart attack, emphysema, and all that to quit. I had an aunt who loved her cigarettes and was dying of emphysema- she was on oxygen - she took off her oxygen to smoke a cigarette. I had an uncle who would take more insulin so he could eat sugar. I was standing in the hall one day between classes with one of the English teachers and he told me he thought the reason people don't change their bad habits is the "it won't be today" mentality. It won't be today I'm diagnosed with cancer. It won't be today that I have a heart attack.
Remember that day after tomorrow, tomorrow will be yesterday.