A little while ago, I made the mistake of debating a talk-radio host about the Ontario Medical Association’s proposals to help combat obesity up here in Canada.
The OMA suggests:
- Increasing taxes on junk food and decreasing tax on healthy foods;
- Restricting marketing of fatty and sugary foods to children;
- Placement of graphic warning labels on pop and other high calorie foods with little to no nutritional value;
- Retail displays of high-sugar, high-fat foods to have information prominently placed advising consumer of the health risks; and
- Restricting the availability of sugary, low-nutritional value foods in sports and other recreational facilities that are frequented by young people.
Of course, the suggestion of a fat tax caused on-air conservatives to completely freak out.
During our debate over the tax implications of obesity (healthcare costs vs “fat taxes”), Mr. DJ let me know that:
- “in moderation” there are no bad foods…
- and that since we need food to eat, taxing any foods is ethically wrong.
Aside from the fact that we have already jumped the ethical hurdle by taxing snack & restaurant foods, I let him know about a new study which showed that within 2 hours of eating a breakfast consisting of two commercially available breakfast McSandwiches -(900 calories and 50 g of fat) – test subjects saw a reduction of arterial blood flow by 15-20%.
[box type=”important”]Let me repeat: It slowed down the flow of their blood.[/box]
And while this doesn’t mean that your blood is going to stop flowing after eating a bag of McMuffins…it does indicate that eating junk food has an immediate & negative effect on your health.
- And that if you eat like this on a regular basis, you are harming yourself.
Even if a radio DJ disagrees.
[box type=”note”]Mr. DJ went on to argue that eating junk food provides calories and since we will die without calories, we would all die. Ergo junk food is good for us.[/box]
I hung up the phone.