In a newspaper article today that sought to relate genetic potential and nutrition along with height and the success of a country, it was pointed out that the U.S. is no longer the tallest. It spoke of a rising tall population in Japan and mentioned Holland is now the tallest and pointed to nutrition as the culprit.
When the FDA is successfully lobbied to make toxic substances legal to sell as “food” and we start hiring some of our most well educated academics to imprint logos in children’s minds before they hit 18 months, what do we think is going to happen? Medicare is getting pounded by the costs. Here are the 2002 costs for diabetes alone (not mentioning cholesterol heart attacks, etc.):
Cost of diabetes in the United States, 2002
Total (direct and indirect): $132 billion
Direct medical costs: $92 billion
Indirect costs: $40 billion (disability, work loss, premature mortality)
An aside: In interviews about her book Born to Buy, Juliet Schor mentions how people she would interview in the food marketing industry would confess to her how bad they felt about what they were doing, one kept saying, “I am going to go to hell for this.” Some of the marketers goals are to get the kids to learn how to badger for what they want and essentially drive a wedge in the family relationship.
One interviewer was surprised there wasn’t more focus on toy marketing. She pointed out how much more of a typical family income is constantly going towards food choices. In her research, TV seems to be among the biggest problems, the more that is watched the bigger the problems. For interview links visit a different blog of mine, My Mindfulness Blog
It seems like we have to be satisfied with bit by bit solutions…we love our free market place…still there are substances we are glad are made illegal or at least not pushed on our kids. It is so personal to start lobbying against something around a persons favorite “food” they grew up with, it gets messy. People feel very attached and unlike smoking when someone is killing themselves with a food habit it doesn’t directly in a scientifically measurable way affect your air. But you may have to watch the destruction of a person you love and their habits can turn into your habits, there is a spread the way smoking spreads. And all the sudden we wake up and we realize we came up Short. And by the way I don’t appreciate the newspaper article’s anti short flavor, how do we say it, it is not ageism, or sexism, it is heightism. It seems like a false correlation to equate all tallness with good health.
Can you imagine having to have a photo id to buy certain highly addictive unsafe for your health food products? What a strange world, we humans are pretty out there. Occasionally I like to refer to G.K.Chesterton’s likening us to very odd creatures and he compares us to other animals and offers yes birds are impressive, when they start building condos I will really have my head turned though.