Freakonomics is one of my favorite blogs. This is a post about the new Danish fat tax and just how misguided policy makers were in creating this legislation… This fat tax, as pointed out in the article by Steve Sexton, disadvantages the poor for being too poor to make healthy eating decisions.
This kind of legislation has proven marginally effective in the past with smoking cessation. As a sin tax, smoking cessation is completely that unhealthy eating. EVERYBODY HAS TO EAT. And we can’t all afford $5.00 – $9.00 for a red pepper at the Community No-Op.
Anyway, great article. The answer isn’t always just “live more like us healthy people!” Give it a read:
I stepped on the scale on Memorial Day at 261. I was in Hastings Nebraska on a clinical rotation which left my afternoons (from 2PM and later) completely open. I dropped from 261 to 229 by eating a little less, and a little healthier, and being active a lot more. It started with walking (a mile) to the gym to swim. Then I dusted off the road bike. Biking 2 – 3 days/wk, swimming 2x weekly (sometimes the same day as biking), and walking back and forth to groceries, the gym, and the hospital. None of it was dramatic – except maybe the biking. But I love riding my bicycle. It was an easy change to make.
My goal, from here on out, is to continue exercising into my final semester going into my last two clinical rotations. The first 35 pounds came off very quickly once I got interested, but I know that my happy routine will be challenged with school, moving, and new clinical experiences. My goal, by May 2012, is to be under 210 lbs. GET ‘ER DONE!