This question circles back to our discussion last week regarding personal responsibility. Do we need the government to help us make eating and food purchasing decisions?
Judging from the percentage of Americans who are overweight (about two-thirds of adults and one-third of children), the terrible food choices available to many of us and the amount of money spent on marketing by Big Food, I am a strong supporter of government intervention.
As we have become the prey of the multinationals, the costs to our physical and financial health have skyrocketed. It would be outlandish to think there isn’t a link between our exorbitant health care costs and the edible foodlike substances we are being fed.
Left to their own devices, the soda makers will continue their nefarious marketing, similar to tobacco’s incendiary schemes.
In Bittman's article, Dr. Thomas Frieden, the director of the government’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said:
“There are aspects of the food industry that are reminiscent of tobacco—the sowing of doubt where there’s no reasonable doubt, funding of front groups, use of so-called experts, claims that new products which are safer for consumers are available, and the claim that they are not marketing to children.”I’ll further discuss governmental control tomorrow. In the meantime, what are your thoughts?