Eat your veggies or the government will come after you

While taking MUNI to work I saw this article in the SF Examiner.  While the title made me laugh and I was giggling through the first few paragraphs.  It slowly dawned on me how sad the entire concept is: government having to step into our lives to make them more healthy because we clearly can’t be trusted to do that for ourselves.  And it’s not as if I disagree, we’re all aware of the startling number of Americans that are overweight.  It’s just the fact that it’s gotten to the point where government needs to step in with regulatory action that makes it so sad.

And will that even help?  I mean, Big Food will probably find some way around said legislation and come up with something even worse for you that we’ll all end up buying anyway.  I feel as though this is akin to putting a band-aid on a gushing wound.  The system is flawed and this isn’t going to help.  The fact that a big mac is cheaper than a salad is the problem.  Economically speaking why would you spend $10 at Whole Foods on a healthy meal when you could feed your family for the same price at a fast food chain?  But I doubt that we’ll see any sort of tax placed on big macs and support given to those that need Whole Foods help any time soon.

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