- Last Updated on 08:18 AM 09/19/12
- BY Doug Ford
Be careful, citizens, big brother may be watching you, and I don’t mean the big brother that may have picked on you as a child.
I mean the big brother who wants to regulate what you eat and drink and where.
New York City’s Board of Health has passed a rule banning the sales of big sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, concession stands and other eateries.
According to published reports, the ban applies to fast food establishments, movie houses, Broadway theaters, workplace cafeterias and most places selling prepared foods.
Similar actions have been taken recently by other regulatory agencies in an effort to fight obesity.
Although I agree with the thought, how they’re going about accomplishing their objectives does not agree with me.
George Orwell wrote a novel in 1948, entitled “Nineteen Eighty-Four,” a satire depicting an imaginary country where government surveillance and mind control is omnipresent.
The supreme figurehead of it all is “Big Brother,” who in the novel may not even exist but still has total control over the population.
I can’t imagine a world where your every movement is being watched and monitored, but going to the extent of telling someone what they can or cannot eat or drink in public is absurd, no matter what the reason.
Post 911, some people feared the Patriot Act and its ramifications, but in a time of crisis I can forgive the government’s reaction to a point.
But, someone not only suggesting what is good for you but restricting your choices in the name of good health is a little beyond the pale.
What’s next, the refrigerator police?
Most of us desire physical fitness, and some of us possess genetics more than others in helping reach their respective goals of a healthy weight and proper diet.
There are very few of us who are blessed in that regard, and we all need to do what we can as individuals to reduce the costs associated with obesity.
A little, good-natured advice and guidance is welcome, but it’s my soda pop, and I’ll drink it when I want to.