I am concerned about legislation like this for a number of reasons.
First of all, it is just another instance of punishing the masses for the evils of the few. It is a lazy way to deal with problems.
Mostly, I think that websites like WebMD may start to wonder if having a community like this is even worth it if they keep having to track all these people down who are reported. While I enjoy sharing with my friends on Facebook, where I use my real name, I love the fact that I can come here and talk about my health issues using a screen name. I feel much more free to share details this way so that I can get honest opinions from others who feel safer sharing THEIR info.
I am unlikely to share details about my health on Facebook, especially with employers and potential employers using it as a way to get info about you. I may not want a potential employer to know I have a health condition. On WebMD, I create a screen name that only I know (as long as I don't share it with anyone). And, if I want to share even more and protect myself I can post as anonymous here as well.
Oh for heaven's sake! I read about this last week, and thought it was nuts.
Seems like the NYC government folks blowing smoke to LOOK like they are trying to do something about the obesity epidemic. The only people who are going to stop us from being fat is US...each individual. The information is out there, and we have to make the right choices.
Why waste city tax dollars and cost citizens MORE money (Because you KNOW the prices will go up to make up for the loss of those drink sizes.) on this fruitless endeavor?
No, this will NOT do anything to decrease obesity.
This is an interesting thread. Fun to see what everyone thinks is the reason.
Here's my two cents:
As Americans, we are all in a rush to get everything done. In our rush we pick up MORE fast food than ever before. We buy processed foods in the grocery so that cooking dinner doesn't take so long. We even eat faster than people in other countries.
When my husband was in the Army, we lived in Germany and traveled around Europe. Everywhere we went, people took their time over a meal. You didn't shove it all down in an hour and run out. You would spend a couple of hours slowly enjoying your meal while talking and making it an event. This is why family dinners are so important. Think about it...don't you eat slower when you are sitting around the table with family and friends than you do when you're sitting in front of the TV with your plate? When you eat more slowly, you have time for your brain to register that you're actually FULL.
Lack of time also leads to less exercise. Who has time to take a hour or two of your day to work off those extra calories?
The Answer: Make Time.
It's hard, and most of us are so used to blazing fast internet and food in five minutes that we don't want to slow down and do what's best for our bodies. That includes ME. Totally guilty of the very same issues.
I'm changing my habits, but it has been in baby steps. I started with a pedometer. It challenges me to see if I can get a few more steps onto it each day. And, we have started having family dinners again at least 4 times a week. I have to do most of the cooking, and that is a drag, but I am really finding that I am eating better and LESS.
Haven't seen a lot of results yet, but I am hopeful. Sure would like to avoid diabetes if I can.
On one hand, I almost want to say, "Why shouldn't folks using sperm or egg donors have the same roll of the dice as the rest of us potential parents?"
But, I can definitely see the argument that a donor's sperm may be used many times and therefore be adding quite a lot of genetic disorder into the gene pool that otherwise may not have happened. For that reason, I do think it makes sense to make it mandatory to test for genetic disorders before allowing the sperm to be used.
I think you're right, Jen. We are hypocritical about it. I think most of us still believe we look better if we're not pasty and pale. But, the reality is tanning is putting you at risk for skin cancer. I read that even people with naturally darker skin should wear sunscreen.
I remember being a teen and literally rubbing butter on myself to lay out in the back yard. Ugh. If I knew then what I know now. All I can do it try hard to communicate what I know to my kids. I brought them up slathered down with sunscreen before they ventured out to the pool or on the boat. And, they STILL managed to get burned from time to time.
Now I have a crusty spot on the tip of my nose that I am pretty sure it is actinic keratosis. Going to have a skin check with my derm next week and kind of worried.
Teens should NOT be allowed in tanning beds, and parents should NOT ever approve it for them. It's up to us to protect them.
I am thoroughly SICK of reality shows, and would not watch one about this woman. I think she is a complete narcissist.
Who has 14 children on purpose when they do not have the income to take care of them properly? Ugh.
All that said, if there are people who will watch some of the trash that's on TV right now, I am betting there ARE some who would watch this like the train wreck it is. The network that aired it would make a bundle.
Like some of the others here, I feel horrible for these children. How can they be getting the care and attention they need? I read somewhere that at least three of the kids are special needs. And, that neighbors reported that the house and yard were filthy. Who decides when there is neglect?