Bigger implications extend beyond eating, as Donna Shalala, ex-Clinton cabinet member, declares obesity a national security threat because so many military-age prospects are overweight, as the first generation "to come through without mandatory physical education in their schools." Could it be that inactivity plus dreadful government farm policy are both coming home to roost? Imagine the irony of an empire desperate for soldiers to defend the very system that produces so many unfit prospects. Rome, here we come.
Bottom line: the linkage of food and health and fitness is complicated, resistant to isolated notions like mere container size. Forcing sugar addicts to buy two containers of sugary liquid is pandering, serving mostly the container industry. Surprise, unlimited factory food money saturates politics and that means sponsored profits that don't serve customer or community health or fitness.
Life becomes a giant pot-luck, favoring the affluent but not protecting them from their own "affluenza," as in diabetes, alcoholism and cancer. But solutions must defy our predominant planning-allergy, just as we deny the full dimensions, especially externalities, of energy, education, transportation, or environmental impacts. So much for self-flattery we are the vaunted "problem-solving" species. Why, all this could drive one to drink -- or the comfort food of a Big Mac and chocolate shake.
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