This week my parents are here visiting and I’ve enjoyed preparing raw vegan dishes for them. Today, we went to the gym and experienced something I never thought I would. While I ran my 5K, my mother walked and run for over 30minutes. I thought she was done, but she then went over to the stationary bikes. We have both decided to take back our lives, eat healthy, and exercise daily. I couldn’t be more happy because this means I will get to enjoy my mom much longer. With that said, maybe she can stop it with the “I want grandchildren next month”…lol! Just joking, mom:=)
Just like any gym, the YMCA has those massive flat screens on either ESPN, CNN, FOX, MSNBC and NBC. I watched the segment on Time Magazine’s latest coverstory on Michelle Obama. Politics aside, she’s a real inspiration to women everywhere. She’s no dummy and is comfortable in her own skin.
But while I was running the 2nd mile, I noticed Rachel Ray discussing a new proposal for Obesity tax. What the raman noodles! But what, they’re not taxing obese people directly. Here’s the deal.
In December of 2008, Governor David Patterson chose to tax all non-diet sodas to close NY’s budget gap. In attempt to pay for the comprehensive health care plan by Obama, Congress will meet on Tuesday to consider mimicking Patterson’s “Obesity Tax” on soft drinks. Of course the beverage companies are not so pro-Obama on this idea and all those people who cannot go one day without their Coca-Cola or Mello Yellow are just as upset – if not more.
I understand having an addiction to something. I pretty much was addicted to bread and butter. But I learned that if I did not change my habits, I would leave this world pretty soon OR just live a life full of medications. We won’t go into the horrendous consequences of diet sodas at this time, but should we be upset that the government is trying to help those who drink themselves into type 2 diabetes?
I’ve read some comments about the possible “obesity tax” coming from Washington and they are too funny. “Socialism” continues to rear its head as some sinful idea that will kill America. ROFL! And others are making up such silly rationals that they aren’t worth mentioning.
Yes, there are people who can control their sugar intake, but what about the children who are constatntly presented with the coolness of sugary drinks. We are not the parents of these children, but they live in our “village” (if I could borrow from the African proverb – it takes a village to raise a child…). I believe taxing sugary sodas will cause parents to think twice and be less negligent. Just because a child asks for grape soda, chocolate milk (also being considered), or a Sprite because the cool basketball commercials – parents should continue to be parents and say “No!”
So how do you feel about the “obesity tax”? Is the government going to far?This seems to be the biggest concern for those against the obesity tax. But as a vegan, I’m not concerned about it. In fact, if I get the urge I will be reminded of how unhealthy this liquid diabete juice packaged in shiny cans that no one recycles here in North Carolina:(
Is a tax on sugary sodas necessary? We demand that the Obama administration rehaul the health care system, but is discouraging people from sugary sodas acceptable?
When we reply, let us consider that America is the fattest nation on earth and the childhood obesity rate is growing at an even faster rate.
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