February 3 2012
Must Read: Cupcake Cops
For a good read (and a good laugh), make sure to read Rich Lowry's hilarious take on the claims by researchers that sugar should be regulated like cigarettes and alchohol. Lowry writes:
One of the authors is Robert Lustig of the University of California, San Francisco, who hopes to be to the consumption of sugary beverages and foods what William Wilberforce was to the slave trade. He is not given to understatement. In a video discussion with his co-authors, he says that thanks to sugar and its contribution to chronic noncommunicable diseases like heart disease and diabetes, “we are in the midst of the biggest public health crisis in the history of the world.”
Bigger than the bubonic plague that killed off about half the population of Europe in the 14th century, in an epic demographic catastrophe? Bigger than the 1918 flu pandemic that killed as many as 50 million people? As soon as Coca-Cola becomes so toxic that it nearly instantaneously wipes out a large proportion of the world’s population and influences the course of civilization, well then, Lustig has a case.
Lowry also makes the point that these measures to regulate what we eat ultimately comes down to distrust of parents. Parents simply can't be trusted to make good decisions for their children so the government needs to make these items less desirable to purchase (by hiking the prices).
Lowry warns his readers not to lauch. While food issues might seem like fluff in comparison to Iran's pursuit of nuks or Obama's efforts to socialize medicine, these food regulations do great harm to the American population by making us more reliant on the government to make simple decisions for us, our children and our basic personal health.
Read his piece here.