Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Obesity-r-us

Well, it seems the wonderslobs over at Burger King, ever tuned in to the pysche of North Americans, have introduced "The Enormous Omelet Sandwich". It has "...two eggs, sausage, three strips of bacon and two slices of melted cheese on a bun -- is 730 calories and 47 grams of fat."

According to Burger King's spokesman, chief global marketing officer, Russ Klein:

"By expanding our indulgent breakfast sandwich menu, Burger King restaurants now offer even more alternatives for our guests who want a convenient and filling breakfast."

If the powers-that-be, especially here in Canada where we live in a perpetual nanny-state, can tax the shit out of a pack of smokes and claim it is for "health reasons" (the idea, I guess, is that most of the tax money will go to the health care system when heavy smokers go in for cancer treatments), then why isn't there a hefty fucking tax on fast food? Not just at restaurants, but even at grocery stores. If I want to buy a bag of extra-fatty Pork Rinds, then by God, I should pay for it with more than my health.

Now, I am far from a health nut. No granola-eating, hemp wearing, vegetarian moi! But even I can see the stupidity of actually consuming one of these artery hardeners.

The government should tax every fast food company for "inventing" such a sandwich, and then tax every food item over a certain fat level (and caloric level?). I mean, it would depend on the size of the portion, of course, but it certainly can and should be done.

On the same note, if you weigh 400 pounds, I have no qualms about airlines charging you for 2 seats, or for stopping you from boarding a plane at all.

Most of the people who are obese are most certainly not that way because of some glandular condition....unless the mouth is a gland. I lost 62 pounds in 3.5 months! Just by eating correctly (following the Dr. Bernstein diet plan). I don't exercise.

Universal health care will only work if people stop doing stupid things like eating a 730 calorie (47 g of fat) sandwich.