Nanny state thinking makes me crazy. This is the same blogger who got all outraged over Paula Deen's diagnosis of diabetes. I posted a few times on that topic as well. See Regulate Sugar, Paula Deen, Our Shadow, and Nanny State and this by said blogger.
I understand that people can crave sugar and that it can cause the desire for more and more and more - but addiction? I have just lost 45 lb. I used low-carb eating and have been very happy with the results. The first thing I did was cut out refined sugar in all its forms. I used to binge; I used to eat sweets like there was no tomorrow; I used to talk about my sweet tooth being the death of me. Was I addicted? No. I think that is a convenient way to excuse not changing self-destructive behaviors. My overeating had its basis in emotions rather than food addiction. I thought addiction was when the person got to the point that his/her body depended on the substance to operate. There has to be medical intervention to get the person off whatever the substance is that they are addicted to gradually. I just quit eating it.
She mentions a study about people eating sugar and their pleasure center in the brain being stimulated - well duh - sugar tastes good. The pleasure center is stimulated during sex, when artists expresses themselves through their art, when an athlete achieves. I wonder if taxpayer dollars funded this. Something that stimulates the pleasure center in the brain does not mean addiction if you ask me. Maybe we should use our brains for thinking things through, for making wise choices, or setting and achieving goals - that should get that pleasure center firing on all pistons don't you think?
She gives Bloomberg two thumbs up for being gutsy and commendable. I think we are just becoming a nation of gluttons. Look at the houses people build, or should I say castles? I truly believe our dependence on foreign oil could be alleviated a great deal if people lived in houses that were what they needed rather than because they had the money to spend. If you consider the number of buildings and houses in America and the cost of heating and cooling these structures, wouldn't it be wise to bring it down a bit? Don't get me wrong, I believe we can build the house we want to build - just saying. How many pairs of shoes do we have? Jeans? Outfits? Purses? Jewelry? I am not holier than thou - I am a glutton when it comes to flowers and quilting fabric. We usually think of gluttony when it comes to food/drink but it applies to many areas of our lives.
So now that Bloomberg has made this gutsy and commendable move, shouldn't he limit cheeseburgers to a single rather than a double cheeseburger? He should also limit ice cream purchases to one scoop rather than two or three. Wasn't Tiger Woods a sex addict as an explanation for his behavior? -where did that come from? :-) So if I am limited to a 12 oz. soft drink rather than a 16 oz. soft drink, could I just buy two 12 oz. drinks if one won't do the trick since I am addicted and must have this sugar that I am supposedly addicted to?
I was listening to the radio as I ran my route and the host was talking about these people at graduation ceremonies who were escorted out because of their loud, unacceptable behavior during the ceremony. I do not go to graduations because of this. The audience is asked to remain quiet during the presentation of diplomas. I know at our graduations before I retired I wanted to get up and choke rude people who just wanted people to look at them as they whooped and hollered when their family member was called forth for the diploma. These people were told ahead of time that this was not going to be acceptable behavior and not to do it. The talk show host said he bet these people were fat. There were call-in's that verified his statements. He talked about fat women with big boobs bouncing as they made fools of themselves and embarrassed their graduate and themselves and yep, it was true. He then went on to talk about self-discipline as it relates to eating and behavior such as this at graduations.
As to the blogger who refuses to regain - it is ridiculous to even entertain the thought that mandates regarding food will change behavior. People can buy it at the store for crying out loud. This is truly a problem but should be addressed in an entirely different manner. I know it is a strain on our health care system when people develop conditions/diseases from their lifestyles. Self-discipline is developed first at home. Adults set examples for kids. Expectations and follow-through with consequences is sorely lacking in our homes and our schools. We are getting what we deserve- both politically and socially. "Evil triumphs when good people do nothing." - Edmund Burke