One of my favorite topics on which to comment are the antics of those who claim to know what’s better for you than you do yourself. This is quite prevalent in the area of food choices. I wrote most recently about this on May 2oth regarding efforts by the city manger of San Antonio, Tx to have all sugary foods and beverages removed from city vending machines.
Thanks to World Magazine , I have read of an instance that may just leap to the top of my list. By the way, many of these types of things seem to occur in Europe, where nanny state is much more advanced than here in the United States, at least for now. Seems that there is a government-run day care near the city of Manchester and they have certain standards that purport to say what foods are healthy for their charges.
It appears that a cheese sandwich, one of my favorite foods, especially if cheddar is employed, does not meet those standards. Why? What a silly question that is. Because at the Westfield Children’s Centre, one must have lettuce or tomato on one’s sandwich for it to qualify as healthy. So, the 2-year-old in our story was given fruit and vegetables as a substitute. Parents were given a lecture about appropriate food choices. Now, little Jack’s mom has thankfully removed him from the daycare lest his ” food rights” be violated again or she commit yet another gastronomical faux pas.
Stories like this really do offend me and I try to make light of them to a degree lest I get too frustrated. Couldn’t happen on this side of the pond ? Don’t bet against it. Things like this are happening already and will continue to happen in the name of good health and get ready, saving money on insurance costs. People who eat healthy are less of a drain on the health care system. As health care in some way, shape or form gets more rationed, the pressure will grow on people to eat right, however eating right is defined. could it be said that “unhealthy” foods are the new cigarettes? Wonder where that secondhand smoke will come from though?
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