Wait! I was only joking!
Doctors will this week declare war on America’s soft drinks industry by calling for a ‘fat tax’ to combat the nation’s obesity epidemic.
Delegates at the powerful American Medical Association’s annual conference will demand a levy on the sweeteners put in sugary drinks to pay for a massive public health education campaign.
I love the very idea of this “public health educatin campaign”. What, do these doctors really think that people who are fat don’t know they are fat? The idea here is that “If we just tell them that they are fat and the negative consequences they’ll get thin.” Uhhhhmmm, maybe people are fat because they’ve decided that is the lifestyle they like. Watching television, eating fatty foods, and not getting enough exercise to compensate? Nope, all this fat just snuck on people and jumped on them while they were asleep in their beds and now they don’t know what to do.
One American politician labelled it the ‘crack of sweeteners’ because it is so widespread.
I love how these things are always compared to things like crack cocaine. Is sugar addictive? No. Is it illegal? Not yet. Does is cause people to lose everything and become prostitues and criminals? No. But that high fructose corn syrup…why it is the next crack cocaine. Soon you’ll only be able to buy it in a dime bag from a shady looking fellow on some dingy street in a poor neighborhood.
Nothing is worse than a (medical) doctor when it comes to the Nanny State.