Unhappy Meals in Santa Clara County - Page 3
Don't get me wrong, I think we as a society have to do something about the nutritional illiteracy that drives people to value a meal more for its speedy delivery and price than for its nutritional content. If people keep eating their way into expensive diseases like diabetes and heart disease, the health care system will bankrupt our country. It's only a matter of time.
I applaud local government for trying to be part of the solution. Prioritizing this new ordinance is a huge step in the right direction, however misguided the outcome.
I also understand that local government doesn't have the budget to pay for a solution to childhood obesity. Whatever initiative they take has to be revenue-neutral or revenue-positive. A county does't have the budget or capability to measure the outcome of an anti-childhood obesity ordinance, so how would we know it's working anyway?
What about a radical concept: could Santa Clara County lead the country in becoming the nation's first Health Freedom Zone which allows natural medical practitioners to both treat and cure diseases like diabetes and cancer? That might be a big stretch for a county, so I decided to talk to some moms.
I spoke with some moms about what local government could do without costing us money and without banning fast food restaurants altogether. (Though I think the latter is a great idea!)
One mom suggested a "sin tax" on fast food, which would generate county revenues as well as deter those who eat fast food for the price rather than for the convenience. A mom friend who is a teacher said we need to get kids moving. "They like competition," she said, "so why don't we create some activities kids can do." Maybe schools could compete with each other for the amount of activity the kids can log as a group?Continued on the next page