Anyone recall the tax theories of Mr. Gumby?
Via Newsbusters, Mika Brzezinski looks approvingly at a NY Daily News op-ed from Princeton professor Peter Singer supporting taxes not on people who stand in water, but on things people do that she and Dr. Singer don't like - drinking soda and eating meat. Here's a snippet - you'll have to read the rest over at NB.
BRZEZINSKI: Some people actually cares about their health, so I'm going to read that for those people. [reading] "A tax on sodas containing sugar has also been under consideration by Governor Paterson, among others."
SCARBOROUGH: Now when we say 'sugar,' do you mean coke, cocaine, or is that code for sugar with Paterson, or is it actual sugar?
BRZEZINSKI: [ignoring Joe, continuing to read] "In view of our obesity epidemic and the extra burden it places on our health care system - not to mention the problems it causes on a crowded New York subway when your neighbor can't fit into a single seat - it is a reasonable proposal." He goes on now to talk about red meat. And you all need to think about this.
First, it would be helpful to know that Dr. Singer is the father of the animal rights movement, through his book Animal Liberation. So he'll obviously take a dim view of consuming meat, red or otherwise. And Ms. Brzezinski wants to talk about the size of the backside of the person on the subway. So for her benefit I'm going to write this slowly.
You don't become obese because you sometimes drink sugary drinks or eat read meat, or wolf down buckets of popcorn smothered in salt and oil, or because you sometimes like dessert after dinner. You become obese only if you are consistently on the wrong side of the equation of calories consumed vs. calories burned. Yes, fat contains more calories per gram weight than either carbohydrates or proteins. But studies show that it's not the diet but the calories that's the issue. As for other health issues, there are advocates for all kinds of diets, but I'll give you a simple one. Eat fewer processed foods, and more basic foods. And exercise, because not only does the exercise itself burn calories, it also builds muscle which is more metabolically active in burning those calories even when you're not exercising.
And don't worry as much about the red meat itself as about how much of everything you're eating.