“Of course, there will be continued debate on this subject, but when we look at the big picture (the overall health of the American people), the Supreme Court’s decision and even government involvement is irrelevant. Regardless of the government’s involvement, the health of Americans will not improve unless the eating habits of Americans improve.”
The subject of course is how much the government should be involved in our food choices. I think most of us have seen those old Si-Fi movies where the people go to their mealtime and a pill slides down a chute and lands in front of them. One of the people looks at it as says “Steak and potatoes today.” We could see the government rationing out our food pills.
The writer of the quote concludes as I do. Until we have rationed food pills, we are responsible for our eating and parents are responsible for their children’s eating. Unless we change our eating habits, the health picture for obesity and its ramifications is bleak.
Personal responsibility has waned in the culture we now live in. We live in the “It’s not my fault” society. It’s not my fault I’m fat. It’s the fast food industry or the sugar manufacturers or the chips and snack cake companies. We refuse to accept the fact that we put the food in our mouths.
I realize it’s not as simple as just watching what we put in our mouths. Many of our budgets require some compromise. All kinds of stresses affect our choices. Yet we still are the ones who do the eating.
Perhaps we will see more of government involvement in our eating from federal on down to local. Like the seatbelt law, we didn’t like it, but it was for our own good. We are the ones who buy food, so we are the ones who should demand healthy food from restaurants and fast food places. The problem is I’m not going to eat tofu because someone says it’s healthy. We need healthy choices, and then we need to make the right choices.