Doctors aren’t crazy about politicians telling them how to do their jobs so politicians should be just as wary of doctors trying to do theirs.
The Ontario Medical Association has come out with a list of recommendations to fight childhood obesity and it includes taxes, bans and graphic warning labels.
- Increasing taxes on junk food and decreasing tax on healthy foods;
- Restricting marketing of fatty and sugary foods to children;
- Placement of graphic warning labels on pop and other high calorie foods with little to no nutritional value;
- Retail displays of high-sugar, high-fat foods to have information prominently placed advising consumer of the health risks; and
- Restricting the availability of sugary, low-nutritional value foods in sports and other recreational facilities that are frequented by young people.
My response is simple, kiss my….
Is childhood obesity a problem? Yes. Is it the huge issue that must result the list of demands above being implemented? No.
Are there other solutions that begin at home? Yes.
I am the father of four kids. They all eat healthy and making sure they do is the responsibility of myself and their mother. I do not need the nanny state to watch what they eat, restrict what they can buy and levy unaffordable taxes on what should be treats.
Quebec has long followed the idea of banning fast food advertising aimed at children but the chart below shows that they are only slightly lower than Ontario and also slightly higher than B.C. in terms of childhood obesity. Neither province has an ad ban for kids.
Research has shown the bans, including the one in Sweden, not to work or at least not be the cause of obesity rate changes, so why do this? It is about the need for experts to control you and your family.
To borrow a phrase from the 80s, just say no.