Friday, February 22, 2013
Let me add my voice to those of my fellow sparkers angry about how our health is being disregarded in the search for greater profit.
Recent blogs call our attention to the machinations of the food industry as described in a NY Times article.
LAILATN voices her anger at supermarkets’ efforts to push junk food in our faces
Then there’s the sizing creep of the fashion industry (my personal pet peeve) where the measurements of a size 8 woman of 40 years ago today call her a size 0. Now that we have eaten our way to ever larger bodies, they will promote our self denial by adjusting the sizes of clothes. They’ve discovered that women will buy and pay more if there’s a smaller size attached. The result – greater profits.
I don’t know if there are any Star Trek fans reading this, but in the Deep Space Nine Series we were introduced to a race of beings called the Ferengi who lived by the “Rules of Acquisition.” Earning profit was the highest and main goal of life regardless of the consequences.
I believe in Capitalism, but I fear the policy makers of some corporations have Ferengi DNA.
I agree with TRAVELGRRL who said
“Yes, I know that what goes in my mouth is my own decision. All I want is a level playing field. I want the food industry to stop the marketing that preys on ignorant, poor people AND on children. I want SOMEBODY to step up to the plate and take some responsibility for what passes for food in this country.”
Edit: Kanoe makes a good point about the insurance industry.
In recent years the health insurance companies have charged more to those above the recommended BMI range. Many on SP have compained about it in the past.
They may cite the new healthcare law now to deflect blame from themselves, but this practice predates that. If they were really concerned about our health, they would offer discounts to those to maintain or lose weight not look for another way to penalize those who have enough to struggle with as it is.