• The Writing Is On the Wall

    The Office of the Surgeon General must address the practice of added sugar and added sodium to the U.S. diet. Obesity and heart disease is not a consequence of the lack of exercise. Generally, you cannot move yourself at a sufficient pace to compensate for the added sugar in the diet. It's a simple and undeniable fact that exercise alone won't compensate for the damaging effects of sugar and salt. You cannot avoid the added sodium in the U.S. diet to easily avoid heart disease. Added sugar and salt is similar to second hand smoke - the source must be controlled. Despite the rhetoric, the average person in the U.S. cannot, without being assisted by a regulatory burden placed on the purveyors of high calorie, high sodium foods, lose weight, and avoid hypertension and diabetes.

    The idea that an overweight person in the U.S. is somehow solely to blame for weight gain is a myth. Every oversize meal, every sodium enriched processed food or restaurant food, every factory food, every oversized drink, is packed with enough hidden calories and salt to place the average citizen on a path to obesity and heart disease in a slow but steady path of addiction to sugar and salt. Dietary obesity and diabetes is practically a certainty unless the lucky few receive an intervention; and this trend is spreading all over the developed world.

    Who is responsible for intervention? The U.S. Surgeon General.

    The few of us who avoid obesity may not easily avoid diabetes and heart disease. The human body has the capacity to, with effort, counter some effects of dietary poison. However, the vast majority of persons cannot eat the diet (the expensive diet) and maintain an exercise level, that achieves both fitness and health. Something must be done, at the Surgeon General's level, to inform the public and drive the sellers of food to bring healthy alternatives into the homes of those other than the affluent, from whatever source of food they have available. It's time to take on the food industry as a whole, for its practice of loading our foods and drinks with salt and sugar to the point that a public health crisis is at hand.