I’m Pissed For A Very Good Reason

I’m not sure if you’ve been reading the news lately (normally I pay little attention to the media) but it looks like New York City’s Mayor is taking a stand against Obesity and Heart Disease. And I love it:

NEW YORK, May 30 (Reuters) – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to propose a far-reaching municipal ban on sales of large-size sugary beverages (16 oz’s or higher) by restaurants, mobile food carts, movie theaters and deli’s.

ALL THE OUTRAGE!!

How dare that daggum Yankee force people to actually drink less soda!!!! GET THE ROPE AND STRING HIM UP BOYS! (sarcasm font engaged) Yes, normally I am against the government taking away the rights of Americans. After all this is a free country, right? People should have the right to eat, drink or do whatever they want. It’s their life. Well, that’s not exactly true. There are smoking bans, seat belt laws, drug laws, speed limits, laws for wearing your helmet while riding a motorcycle, child safety laws, alcohol limits, DUI laws, and 1000’s of other laws that protect people from themselves. Why? Cause humans cannot be trusted to make selfless, smart, well-educated decisions. So no, you can’t do whatever you want.

Why am I so pissed? It’s just soda bro. I’m pissed cause the people who are outraged by NYC attempting to make them just a little healthier can’t see past their tiny (or big) noses. It’s all about them. Their wants, their likes, what THEY want. We are OK with telling people who they should marry BUT GOD FORBID YOU TOUCH MY COCA COLA YOU JERK. I want cheap healthcare AND I WANT MY DOUBLE QUARTER POUNDER WITH LARGE FRIES. I’m disabled cause I weigh 500 lbs so someone should pay for my living expenses BUT I STILL WANT TO DRINK ALL THE SODA, NEVER EXERCISE AND EAT ANYTHING I WANT. There are kids starving in the world BUT DON’T TAKE AWAY MY RIGHTS.

I’m also pissed cause these people don’t see the bigger picture. Listen, no one is trying to take away your rights, they are trying to save your lives. What NYC is doing is taking a very small step towards reducing Heart Disease, the reigning #1 killer in America. 

Heart disease is the #1 killer in America. #2 is Cancer. {1 }

2,200 people die each DAY from heart disease and strokes. EACH. DAY. 2200 X 365 days = 803,000 a year {1 }

It’s the #1 killer for both men and women. {1 }

It accounts for 24% of the deaths in the black community and 25% in the white community. {1 }

1-4 Americans will die each year from heart disease. {1 }

Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease. In 2008, 405,309 people died from coronary heart disease alone.{1 }

The #1 and #2 risk factors for heart disease is Inactivity (53%) and Obesity (34%). Yet diabetes (11%) and high cholesterol (15%) are at the bottom. {1 }

Below is the percentage of U.S. adults with heart disease risk factors in 2005-2008.

  1. Inactivity 53%
  2. Obesity 34%
  3. High Blood Pressure 32%
  4. Cigarette Smoking 21%
  5. High Cholesterol 15 %
  6. Diabetes 11%

Heart disease and stroke related hospitalization cost this country over $444 BILLION dollars in 2010. {3}

One in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke {1 }

Heart disease and strokes are the leading causes of death and disability for people in the U.S. Overweight people are more likely to have high blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, than people who are not overweight.Very high blood levels of cholesterol can also increase risk of heart disease and often are linked to being overweight. {2}

If you can read those points and still think reducing people’s soda consumption is a bad thing and that it infringes on someones “rights”, well then I worry about you.

YOU ARE JUST BEING MEAN TO SODA DRINKERS! Hush you. It’s not exactly hard to link soda consumption to Heart Disease/ Obesity.

Soda Consumption-> Not Enough Water-> Unhealthy Diet-> Obesity-> Inactivity-> Heart Disease    

Does it mean that people who drink soda will automatically get Heart Disease? Not necessarily but forcing people to drink a little less ain’t a bad thing. Again, it’s OK to tell people whom to marry, where they can smoke, when to wear seat belts etc but trying to reduce heart disease and obesity is just out of the question?  It’s OK to look down on the heroine addict but not on the obese person who eats fast food 5 times a week. “I HAVE MY RIGHTS”. Once again, 2200 people  die EVERY day from Heart Disease and that number is rising. BTW about 2000 people die each year of heroine use. Sadly, there’s a war on drugs but not on something that kills 800,000 Americans EVERY year. More than both World Wars, the Korean, Vietnam and both Middle East wars COMBINED. Still think the Mayor of NYC is such a bad guy?

So, yes I’m angry and rightfully so. I’m mad cause hundreds of thousands of people die each year BECAUSE OF THEIR OWN CHOICES. I’m pissed cause according to the CDC these “chronic diseases – such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes – are among the most prevalent, costly, and preventable of all health problems.” [4] I’m pissed because the cost of treating Heart Disease is causing healthcare premiums to dramatically rise. [5] I’m pissed cause many of the people using government assisted healthcare have Heart Disease. {4}

So go ahead and demand your “rights”. Claim that this is a free country. Keep your selfish head in the sand. Just don’t expect the rest of the country to foot the bill for your reckless behavior.

{1 }http://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm
{2} http://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/obesity-health-risks
{3} http://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/resources/publications/AAG/dhdsp.htm
[4] http://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/resources/calculator/index.htm
[5] http://www.forahealthieramerica.com/ds/impact-of-chronic-disease.html
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3 thoughts on “I’m Pissed For A Very Good Reason

  1. One comment says it all “a very small step toward saving out lives ” Give gov an inch and they take a mile. Be carefull my friend, they will come after your barbeque.

    • But they aren’t taking anything away, just limiting the amount you can purchase at one time. What they are trying to teach is portion control which is something that most people don’t understand. If they did, we wouldn’t have obese people.

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