Slice of Life Story Challenge March 18 -Fat Chance of Good News From Mississippi
I get my news from a variety of sources,. It comes to me across the day and night. – delivered by print media, particularly at the start of the day, electronic media such as my phone and Ipad to television news from then on throughout the day until I retire at night. I embrace them all as sources. Even when I’m driving, I seek out news reports. I also use social media such as Twitter and Facebook to uncover news trends. It’s fair to say I’m a news junkie. I crave knowledge of events and I particularly like quirky news items that spark my interests or get me thinking.
So it was today, when I read about recent events in
Mississippi Mississippi, the most obese state in the , has just
passed a bill prohibiting any city, town or county from introducing legislation
that might in any way prevent people ingesting foodstuffs that might contribute
further to obesity. In other words, US
has enshrined the right of people to gorge themselves to death, if they so
Restaurants will not be able to label menus with calorie contents or warn eaters of the dangers of over –eating specifics foods. This is in a state where 35% of adults are morbidly obese. George Holloway, a
state politician, is quoted as saying, “if you want to go eat 20 Big Macs, you
can eat 20 Big Macs.’ By George, that’s
up there for unhelpful remarks. Mississippi
Living in a country (Australia) where people crave more information as well as accurate information regarding the calorific content of food items, where national campaigns have been launched to fight this ‘epidemic’ I found this news report quite alarming. Not quirky, not humorous –but alarming!
Obesity is an issue in most affluent nations. It is a disease of affluence. I am constantly reminded of something my wife said to me some years ago. ‘You owe it to yourself and your family to look after your health.’ So, I walk, I monitor my health and above all I watch what goes in my gob. I am a gob monitor. I try to cook fresh and eat fresh. I am alienated from the fast food corporations. I give them nothing. I accept nothing from them. The words' Diet Coke' are in my opinion an oxymoron. I read the labels on food items I buy in the supermarket. I also recall the words of a world renowned nutritional expert I once heard interviewed on television. His advice, ‘Try not to eat anything your Grandmother wouldn’t recognize as being food.’ I’m certainly not perfect, but I am watchful for my health’s sake.
Where do the rights of individuals to eat their lives away end and the rights of the society in which they live in relation to the health costs begin? Sadly, the ever increasing cost of lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and various cancers is borne by the state; the nation. It’s a burden. Such state condoned chronic over eating delivers a bitter harvest in the form of an enormous health bill for the entire population. There must exist a tipping point where the greater good is considered.
We are told, ‘Knowledge is power.’ The people of
are to be denied basic
information regarding the dangers of over eating and calorific content in order
to pander to large corporations, and vested interests such as the restaurant
and hospitality industry. This abrogation of responsibility has been conveniently
draped in the cloak of so called, ‘personal choice.’ That’s self delusion. Mississippi
Sadly, it seems Mississippians have had a history of having any moves to tackle obesity thwarted. Common sense isn’t really all that common. Knowingly eating yourself into an early grave, is grossly self indulgent. Will the legislators see the light. Fat chance, it seems. The countdown has begun –one
Mississippi, two … Mississippi