Or is there? It would appear that, that rather depends on your personal circumstances for you see some folk have too much it makes them ill and eventually kills them whilst others have none at all and they die due to lack of it. Those in government- well they lie awake dreaming up new ways of striking a happy balance as far as food is concerned.
If you have followed the UK news this week you would have heard words like FAT TAX – I have not read about this but I am guessing it is meant to control how much food people eat through the tax system. I am curious as to how such a tax would be applied- would it be levied on the fat person, the supermarket/fast food outlet that sells them the food or the farmer. On Thursday 13th October Andrew Lansley the UK’s Health Secretary is quoted in The Guardian as having said that the UK must cut 5bn Calories from its daily diet because the country faces an obesity problem leading to all manner of health complications.
Now compare that news from the UK to that from the Horn of Africa. The lack of rain has meant that folk were unable to grow sufficient food to feed themselves consequently many have lost their lives whilst those that can have left their homes in search of food. Some have argued that the governments of the East African nations should have anticipated this and done something about it. But is it really that simple?
Oh and don’t get me started on our obsession with Size- in Africa it would appear big is beautiful never mind that you might actually die from being over weight, whilst here in the West being thin is what most aspire to. A new diet comes on the market almost everyday with promises to help us stay thin. We all know that the answer is EAT A LITTLE AND MOVE A LOT but we don’t always follow that simple solution and hope for quick fixes ( I am guilty as charged blushing” />)
The question is how do we find a happy balance? Are governments able to solve our food problems? Is food a problem for you? Your thoughts please