A number of years ago, in a column protesting prejudice against smokers and still another tax on cigarettes, I advanced the theory that perhaps taxes would also someday be imposed on the junk foods and high-calorie drinks that add to the increasing obesity problem–and, not incidentally, threatens the health of millions.
Guess what? Such legislation is now being considered!
I claim no credit for yet another tax to try to force people to use common sense in health matters. Like morality, nourishing, healthy food should not have to be legislated. A sensible diet along with lots of water, adequate sleep, mental stimulation and continuing physical activity should be a norm for everyone. Let common sense and personal responsibility prevail.
Human nature, however, is weak. Following is God's Diet Plan, an e-mail shared by a reader, to whom it was forwarded by a website browser, whose identity is lost in the ozone.
"And God populated the earth with broccoli and cauliflower and spinach and green and yellow vegetables of all kinds, so Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives.
"And Satan created fast-food drive-ins that brought forth the double-cheeseburger. And Satan said to Man, 'You want fries with that?' And Man said, 'Super-size them.' And Man gained pounds.
"And God created the healthful yogurt, that Woman might keep her figure that Man found so fair.
"And Satan froze the yogurt, and brought forth chocolate, nuts and brightly-colored sprinkle candy to put on the yogurt. And Woman gained pounds.
"And God said, 'Try my crispy-fresh salad.'
"And Satan brought forth creamy dressings, bacon bits and shredded cheese. And there was ice cream for dessert. And Woman gained more pounds.
"And God said, 'I have sent you heart-healthy vegetables and olive oil with which to cook them.'
"And Satan brought forth chicken-fried steak so big it needed its own platter. And Man gained pounds and his bad cholesterol went through the roof.
"And God brought forth running shoes and Man resolved to lose those extra pounds.
"And Satan brought forth cable TV with remote control so Man would not have to toil to change channels between ESPN and ESPN2. And Man gained more pounds.
"And God said, 'You're running up the score, Devil.' And God brought forth the potato—a vegetable naturally low in fat and brimming with nutrition.
"And Satan peeled off the healthful skin and sliced the starchy center into chips and deep-fat-fried them. And he created sour cream dip also. And man clutched his remote control and ate the potato chips swaddled in cholesterol. And Satan saw and said, 'It is good.'
"And man went into cardiac arrest.
"And God sighed and created quadruple by-pass surgery.
"And Satan created HMOs."
We each have our own cross to bear.
Thought for the day: The five pounds you wanted to lose is now 15 and you have a better chance of losing your keys than the 15 pounds.
Lyn is author and columnist Marilyn Felkel Lingle. e-mail LYN@nwcable.net