Originally posted by Fieldthistle
Tony, I am a smoker and already pay higher rates on my life insurance due to that. I don't mind
The problem is that we also pay an overall higher life insurance because you smoke. We also pay higher health care because there are smokers.
Not a good example to compare an unhealthy choice with an affliction such as mental retardedness, autism or blindness. It's apples and oranges.
However, a tax on unhealthy food is ridiculous. There are plenty of healthy foods that can be nhealthy if you over do it. So, I'm all for government education, such as a bigger campaign in the new eating pyramid, a more visible President's Council on Sports and Physical Fitness program. Under Reagan, we had constant advertising through t.v., postage stamps, and other media to get the youth in shape. We need to expand this in the schools by enforcing national standards in Physical Education class set out by AAHPERD.
"The national standards demonstrate that physical education has academic standing equal to other subject areas. They describe achievement, show that knowledge and skills
matter, and confirm that mere willing participation is not the same as education. In short, national physical education standards bring accountability and rigor to the profession."
By enforcing a level of knowledge and skill, we can begin to help our youths experience the knowledge and skills of a healthy lifestyle.
This way, like someone else mentioned that Julia Child said, the understanding that a little lard today simply means a salad tomorrow.