Saturday, June 16, 2012
Herr Bloomberg wishes to control your private life
All shocking from a party that professes smaller government intervention. They say one thing and legislate just the opposite. The ban on large soft drinks in NYC is sure to have manufacturers breathing down his neck and forget about campaign contributions the next time around if this legislation passes. Sorry mayor you can't legislate bad behavior. What's next? Outlawing sugar. Or maybe he'd like to add butter, ice cream, pizza and any number of fattening foods to the list. And who took the flack for wanting to get kids up and active? Wouldn't have been a certain black woman at the white house would it?
No Mikey the way to change things is to encourage physical activity by digging up the paved over playgrounds that we all once enjoyed as kids that are now just parking spots. Some sports equipment and the return of gym class is far cheaper than paying a cardiologist later in life. Kids are looking for an incentive to do more than pig out and balloon up from video games. There used to be a presidential award given to kids who demonstrated a degree of fitness. They need a challenge. They are at the age where competition is ingrained in them. Use that fact. But no we sit and watch the latest of reality shows and let others sweat while we pig out on soda and chips then tweet snarky comments to our friends. What do you mean you're bored? But there are far worse things of chat rooms where junior sits staring at a screen with others staring at a screen and nobody is saying a word. My god you couldn't invent a drug powerful enough to induce such a state of catatonia. Now where's that two liter bottle of coke and the family size bag of chips? Anybody seen my smokes?
And to its' discredit the big pharma has managed to have a solution to ills we never thought we had. Excited? We have a pill for that. Depressed? Ditto. Shy, Angry, Anxious? Over sexed, under sexed, confused? There is a pill for just about the entire gambit of human emotion. And it does seem odd that many of these problems have cropped up in just the last 30 years or so with removal of physical activity is schools. We have put the emphasis towards the non physical both in schools and in the work place. So is it any wonder our spawn are obese and diabetic? We have been eating like kings of old and are starting to look like them too. But a piece of legislation is not going to change that. And the solution is very cheap if anyone would stop to consider it. You could even ask the kids for some ideas. I'm sure they could come up with some very creative competitions.