In my opinion, the NYC ban on soda and Bloomberg's "attack" on fats and cigarettes are brilliant. No, I don't think they are ok - but what a great target group to attack to gain support from the people as well as gaining political power. Yep, obese people and smokers are the ONLY health problems in America. The "lazy gluttons" and "the addicts." Again brilliant place to start.
The other great tactic is that currently most of America is in heated debate about rising health insurance costs. The obese and smokers apparently the cause...not crooked pharmaceutical companies, corporate greed and the like. The targets are health concerns, but our country is quite ill, no matter what size jeans they wear...even those size zeros.
Are these health problems? Sure they are! Absolutely! But, ummm, there are more. So what's next?
Personally, I believe many things in my society are unhealthy today and I avoid them to the best of my ability. But, not to be a bummer, it is almost beyond avoidance at this point. People self-medicate on over the counter drugs (think TUMS) that decrease absorption of nutrition. Humans still calorie count, filling their bodies with Snackwells that increase diabetes/blood sugar. Kids are given "juice" that is full of sugar. Water is full of dangerous fluoride. Prevention measures in conventional medicine include constant zaps of radiation to rule out...cancer? Pesticides in foods. Dangerous air quality. Asbestos in insulation. Sedentary lifestyles. Overuse of antibiotics and dangerous pharmaceuticals. On and on and on and on....
The thing that bothers me the most is that there is a plethora of information about the dangers of diet soda - so leading the herd from one "evil" to another makes no sense. And what is next...where does it end as far as dangers? Look at the LINK LIST BELOW for just a few more examples, if you would like to see what healthy weight, non-smokers might be exposing themselves to.