Many respected scientists believe that sugar, and the junk foods that contain it, are addictive.
Uncontrollable cravings, so strong that we can’t resist, for something that we know is extremely bad for us… that ain’t right!
This is the reason smokers can’t give up smoking, while alcoholics and drug addicts ruin their lives because they just can not quit, no matter what the stakes are.
Sugar addicts can’t quit eating sugar. They may try several times and fail. Slowly, over time, they ruin their health, possibly ending in serious disease like diabetes or heart disease.
It is my opinion that unhealthy food is no better than cigarettes. In fact I think it may be even worse, since people aren’t educated properly about their incredibly harmful effects and addictive potential.
“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Should Sugar be Regulated?
If we start putting sugar in the same category as substances like alcohol and nicotine, then it’s only natural to wonder whether sugar should be regulated as well.
The consequences, partly caused by sugar, cost the global society hundreds of billions of dollars per year.
To top it all of, some of the worst products are marketed directly towards kids.
The kids become obese and turn into obese adults. Their metabolism may be permanently damaged and they’re so hooked on sugar that they just can not quit no matter what.
In the end, people may die prematurely. Obese, diabetic, demented, with heart disease.
The executives of the companies that market these products have blood on their hands, children’s blood.
Addiction is a Trap
Addiction is a trap. Kids, who aren’t old enough to exert “personal responsibility”, get hooked on the stuff before they’re old enough to make an informed decision.
Chances are good that they will never recover after they’ve gained more than a few dozen pounds. Some do, but those are the minority. Most people never succeed in losing weight once the damage is done.
It is my opinion that people, and especially kids, should be protected against traps that they will never be able to get out of.
This applies to all addictive substances: nicotine, cannabis, alcohol and also industrialized, hyper-palatable, sugar-laden food.
A Public Health Intervention is Required
This time, they talk about the need for a public health intervention to combat the obesity epidemic (which is a public health disaster). They do make some compelling arguments, such as:
- Obesity is costly to the society, at a 147$ billion dollars per year in health care costs in the U.S. (due to the metabolic syndrome).
- Obesity is a threat to U.S. national security. People aren’t allowed to join the army if they’re too fat.
- We can not control the behaviour of a population. We never could. There is physiology and biochemistry underlying any single behavior.
- Public health measures are objected at first, but later considered a normal part of life.
- In the store, 80% of food is laced with sugar. You can’t go into a poor neighborhood in America and get something that isn’t processed and sugar-laden. If you have no choice, how can it be personal responsibility?
There is no need for sugar in the diet. It has zero nutritional value and it is making us sick, fat and unhealthy.
It is addictive, it is toxic and making drastic actions to minimize or remove it would save lives. Millions of lives.
The video is 8 minutes long: