nicolejb
2 years ago5,000+ Views
Should we Regulate Sugar Like Tobacco?
In Mexico, the government introduced a tax on imports. I know this doesn't seem like a big deal, but for Coca-Cola it was HUGE. This meant that they would have a harder time selling their product to their favorite soda-sipping country.
Check this out:
In fact, Mexicans drink more soda than nearly anyone else in the world; their top three daily sources of calories in 2012 were all high-calorie drinks. Mexico also has by far the world’s highest death rate from chronic diseases caused by consumption of sugary drinks – nearly triple that of the runner-up, South Africa.

Yikes. And this isn't the only place it's happening. Check out this fabulous documentary trailer about the problem...

So how do we fix that?

Education.

Education is a huge piece of public health. The more we invest in educating our children about their health, parents about helping their childrens' health, and so on, the better and healthier we will be.
We don't have to regulate anything to be educated. We just have to have more programs, and get people talking.

Education isn't enough.

Fun Fact: "Virtually every government panel on fighting obesity includes Coca-Cola, and often other food companies." Stated an article in the Guardian.
When it comes to food and accessibility, if we can get coke and a cake at a lesser price than fruit...then we will. And that's a government issue. We should be promoting cheaper heathly
Also, sugar is addictive, and in poorer countries or regions where cheap food is also soda and Little Debbie cakes, what do you think we are going to pick?
Sounds a lot like giant tobacco companies if you ask me. And if we allow that to happen in our countries, it could mean an epidemic.

What do you think? Is education enough or do we need to start regulating this problem?

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by the way, I loved the article and the use of politics. it made me more interested while also including enough of the facts behind it to have a coherent debate on. very well written.
2 years ago·Reply
@KingOfHearts i think i like you. you are my kind of person.
2 years ago·Reply
Thank you very much! I like see both sides of the argument in my writing before I make an opinion, but I'm very much on that side of things @KingOfHearts :)
2 years ago·Reply
I agree with KingOfHearts 100%. It is the individual's responsibility to decide what is right for themselves. A goverment is there for defence from enemies foreign and domestic but not to tell you what is the best choice for yourself. If you allow them one overreach, they will be more than ready to take the next without you asking them to.
2 years ago·Reply
Thank you for your thoughts @shagnasty360! Agree completely, the fact that really bugged me was that the government was allowing these companies into gov. organizations, so the decision comes with a biased opinion, not the true well-being of the individual
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