1) for letting ‘em
2) for not cleaning up our own act and taking responsibility for our own behavior and therefore leaving the door open to let overbearing crypto-fascists make encroachments on our lives.
Welcome back to the anti-sugar fanatics. Not content with assailing caffeine, tobacco, demon alcohol and trans-fats, they have now resurrected the old assault against the sweet stuff. An assault some of us thought had died out with Adelle Davis and her spuriosities about nutrition way back in 1974.
Not so, it would seem. Now there is a new attack on glucose, sucrose, fructose and all them other ‘oses and not only is the stuff found to be evil and corrupt but these guys – in the name of our good health, thenkyew – want to bring in laws against it. Prohibition laws like the sort of restrictions we have on access to ciggies and the old red-eye.
Now, I know that sugar and its excess consumption is responsible for all sorts of ills, ranging from rotten-teeth to diabetes. The point of that statement is, however, “excess consumption”. Everything in moderation, dear brethren and sisteren. We know that, even if we don’t always follow such a sage caveat. Too many canned green beans are probably bad for a person, too. But, y’know, if you choose to overindulge in anything then it’s basically your own damn business. Don’t interfere with my life and well-being and I don’t much give a fuck how stupid you are about your own.
You may indeed make wrong choices, but they are your wrong choices.
Not good enough, say these guys. Who are these guys, you might well ask?
Well, one of those guys is Dr. Robert Lustig, a childhood obesity “expert”. Damn, you stick ‘doctor’ in front of somebody’s name and it automatically makes that person an expert on evahthang – including your rights (or lack of same) as a citizen.
Doc Lustig thinks that sucrose and fructose are so lethal that he believes access should be controlled like it is to alcohol and tobacco and should be essentially restricted in its purchase to adults and right-thinking parents. Migawd, here people have been getting exercised about access to marijuana, but Herr Lustig thinks things are too open when your kid has unquestioned access to a slurpee at 7-11 and he shouldn’t be able to purchase same.
“Ve need laws und enforcement!” he opines. I don’t know if he has a German accent, but I thought I’d throw it in for cheapshot impact.
Yes, I know there is a generation of little porkers out there who scarf those slurpees like there is no tomorrow and sit staring at computer games like there’s no tomorrow and never hustle their fat little asses outdoors unless it’s to the car so overindulgent and protective Mom can drive him to and from school because she couldn’t expect him to actually (gasp) walk if school is more than two blocks away.
And it’s true that in my day, when Christ and I were kids we walked to and from school (a mile distant), it is also true that soda pop came in little 7 ounce bottles which we mainly didn’t have the money to buy in any case and there wasn’t nobody gonna give us that money.
So today’s reality with too many kids is both terribly sad and extremely unhealthy and the increased diagnoses of Type 2 Diabetes bear testament to such parental negligence. If your kid is sucking back too much soda from one of those drums in which they are sold today, who is to blame? Well, I guess the parents for laying the money on the little blighters. Parents sorely in need of some education on nutrition and moderation, and in need of advice on quelling overindulgence.
But we don’t need laws and stormtroopers (not exactly as pictured) to bring it about. In a free society I like to think we should have the right to make our own decisions, even if they are really stupid ones.