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:
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:
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.
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.