Good Evening, God!
I was raised in a family that didn’t drink soda pop. I remember thinking that Coke tasted like fly spray. I’m lucky!
Just this morning, God, my wonderful husband Kit was angry about the amount of soda being drunk around the world arguing WE OUGHT TO TAX SODAS, just like cigarettes! No other single product is more responsible for the nation’s obesity epidemic, he argues. I think Kit is right, God.
Scientists say that sugar, and its horrible cheaper alternative high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), are both toxic and addictive. I do know they’re addictive! I can’t consume just one of anything sweet. So, I have to see myself as a sugarholic.
All of this assumes new importance as our Nation faces the swelling costs of Medicare. Personally, God, I’d say we haven’t seen anything yet on the matter of costs! Catchy, fun commercials for Coke, Pepsi et all, along with larger containers, are producing fatter and fatter Americans! Beyond that, diabetes has become epidemic. Health problems are cascading.
I’d been thinking of drinking soda as a matter of Personal Responsibility, God. But then I watched a great video calling it a Public Health problem. Oh? Like smoking? Like the campaign to pick a designated driver? Hmmm. Why not? Â These experts suggest taxing sodas, to pay for educating Americans on the health hazards of sweeteners. At stake is Medicare’s swelling cost burden — many other public health care costs — and, not least, people’s quality of life.
Sigh. Taking on Coca-Cola and Pepsi? Yikes! We are talking about miracles, God!Â But, we can pray. We can humbly seek your help. And we can begin to speak out!