I’m not a fan of bans. People who ban things never seem to know where to stop. One day you’re banning 16 ounce sodas, the next you’re banning cheesecake, potato chips or books. I say ban the ban!
Not that we shouldn’t be held accountable for our obesity status. I am guilty of being overweight but it’s hard for me to justify the numbers that are spit out by the American Health Association which tell me what I should be weighing for my height.
According to them, I should be 50 pounds lighter than I am. Really? Fifty pounds? That’s two 25 pound bags of cat sand (sorry, but cat owners always seem to equivocate weight with cat sand, I’m not sure why). I beg to differ. I am a 58 year old woman and do not need to weigh what I did when I was 16.
I am truly in agreement that I need to lose weight, and I’m forever working on it. However, a 25 pound weight loss would work wonders for me. I’m half way there.
I understand how much obesity is costing our system of government. But banning things that are bad for us is like putting a band-aid on a bullet wound. Any moron can tell you (unless they work for the government) that nothing prevents anyone from getting refills for their 8 ounce sodas at any fast food joint. Now that I think about it, fast food joints are probably on the growing list of things to be banned.
Super size drinks aren’t the problem. Fat is. It’s costing our nation plenty. So here’s my proposal (because I know you’re dying to know). Instead of trying to control what company’s manufacture and sell, and what we, as American consumers are allowed to buy, let’s just get to the gut of the problem (pun intended).
Since we are really talking about the cost of healthcare, let’s deal with it in a financial way. Because it costs so much more to care for people who are overweight, why not tax them according to their BMI (Body Mass Index)? I can hear many of you gasping and covering your mouth in shock, but hear me out.
I am one of the guilty parties and I can tell you that I am concerned about how my tax dollars are going towards the care of people who continually make bad decisions for a good part of their life. I don’t appreciate paying for anyone else’s mistakes.
It’s not just about fat; its’ about smoking, liquor, drugs, etc. If you choose to eat yourself into an unhealthy state, or smoke yourself into emphysema, well, you should be putting more in the coffer to take care of yourself down the line.
If that were the law, I think many of us would be finding our way to the gym more often and taking the consequences of our actions a lot more seriously. Nothing talks like money.
I understand that a lot of the problems with cigarettes and booze involve addiction. I was actually for the ban of smoking in public, but only because it took away my freedom of living and eating in a clean and healthy air environment. I also, however, defend your right to smoke yourself to death in your own home if that’s what you chose to do. Just don’t expect me or the government to pay for it. Same goes for obesity.
I have huge respect for those who try to improve their health through education, exercise and sometimes surgery. It’s a long haul to get to where you need or want to be and the road is a lonely one. Kudos!
Helping our fellow man is always a priority to the human race. I’m proud of that and am always ready to extend a helping hand. But I’d appreciate it if we helped ourselves as well. I’m all for clinics that help us get healthy, for programs that teach us how to better judge what is good for us, for support systems that will help us stay on the straight and narrow. I’m a huge fan of preventative measures. The earlier we start off on the right track, the more likely we are to stay there.
I have been warned by my fellow bloggers that opening up this discussion is the kiss of death as it will offend my readers. I hope not. I’d like to think this is a safe place to air our differences and like opinions. But if that’s true, you have just been kissed on the lips.
I have to wonder that if the government is so anxious to ban stuff, I don’t know why they haven’t gone after loud base-thumping music from cars, pants that hang down below the butt, chewing with your mouth open, finger lickers, and tele-marketers? Now that’s some legislation I could get behind.
Are you listening, Mayor Bloomberg?