Should We Ban Sugar To Improve Our Healthcare and Health
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I think about it a lot. The number one argument and push back from people addicted to sugar, is personal freedom. Every push to reduce our sugar consumption is met with this in the media and government. The food industry parrots this argument everywhere as well. They are telling you what to do. What right does the government have to regulate what you he last choose to eat? It doesn't take a genius to figure out that our healthcare costs are out of control and EVERYONE is paying more, while dying earlier after experiencing a horrible prescription filled quality of life. So when something is hurting society, doesn't it seem we should regulate it?
Now I am not saying BAN it completely, but there are some things we could do to increase our health span and decrease healthcare costs for everyone. In my book, especially since it is worse for you than alcohol, it should at the very least be regulated like alcohol. This is going to seem controversial, but no child under 21 should be allowed to consume sugar. This alone would increase our health-span by 20 years, even if they went off the rails and drank soda the rest of their lives. It would have far reaching consequences and reduce obesity, diabetes, heart disease and push them back into being diseases of old age. It may have the added benefit of discouraging further use as some would prefer not to eat it, having been spared the addiction as a child.
We are addicting our kids at birth to this highly addictive, dare I say drug. Don't believe it is addictive? Try quitting for 3 weeks and tell me how that goes (and also how difficult it is to find foods without it). Yet, we think nothing of loading our kids up with this shit, mostly because we don't want to put up with the addiction induced tantrums and moods when we deny it to them. Here is a hint, that goes away with the addiction, and you may find improvements to your child's mood and attitude once the withdrawal is over. Would you give your kid alcohol if they bitched about it? Removing sugar from the environments of children could completely solve the problem. Not saying we wouldn't still hit the end of our health-span, it would just be at a more reasonable old age. Only a complete ban would eliminate chronic disease, but people still want the freedom to be unhealthy.
We could also stop subsidizing sugar and corn to make processed food more expensive to make. At the same time we could subsidize whole foods making them cheaper. Lets subsidize our health instead of spending trillions on healthcare costs. Even taxing the sugar the same as alcohol would do the trick. Food companies would reformulate of course to give you all the sweet of sugar with a lot less harm. The price change would make us more likely to eat healthy. Many unhealthy people now argue economics makes it impossible to eat healthy, and they are not completely wrong. When you have a family to feed, buying fresh food that goes bad in 3 to 5 days is pretty unattractive now when you can buy processed food which will last a year and provide enough energy to keep you alive. Of course, it will cost you more long term, and if your healthcare is subsidized, it will cost EVERYONE more long term, but we dissociate that from the .99 cent box of mac and cheese or the .99 cent 2 liter of soda.
You really need to treat sugar like the drug that it is if you are going to get your health under control and prevent your children from making the mistake many of us have made. I wish I grew up in a society where I didn't have sugar access until I was 21 and that it was expensive to get. Instead now, in order to expand my health-span I have to give it up for the last 30 years of my life. This is all you can do when you grew up on a diet of cereal, mountain dew, pizza, mac and cheese, burgers and baked goods. If we got ahead of the curve we would fix our diabetes epidemic, our obesity rates would fall and the cost of healthcare would fall to more manageable levels. The way things are is unsustainable. Something has to change.
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