Are you aware of any instance in the United States where people (of any race) are forced to eat or drink anything?
Eating is a voluntary activity for everyone over the age of maybe two. And children with adult supervision have very little choice about what they consume – it’s pretty much whatever they’re given.
As adults, we decide when, where and how much to consume. It’s impossible to believe anyone “too full” after a Thanksgiving meal would actually blame the turkey for their condition.
And yet in essence, that’s what’s happening here in America. If people are obese, or suffering from obesity-related diseases, it’s obviously the food’s fault. At least that’s what two black pastors are arguing.
Per the Washington Post, William Lamar, the senior pastor at D.C.’s historic Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church and another black pastor have filed suit against Coca-Cola and the American Beverage Association, claiming soda manufacturers knowingly deceived customers about the health risks of sugar-sweetened beverages — at enormous cost to their communities.
The complaint…alleges that Coke and the ABA ran an intentional campaign to confuse consumers about the causes of obesity.
Lamar and Delman Coates, the pastor at Maryland’s Mount Ennon Baptist Church, claim soda marketing has made it more difficult for them to protect the health of their largely black, D.C.-based parishioners.
Obesity, hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and lower-extremity amputations are all far higher among people of color than among whites. These communities also drink more soda — and are exposed to more soda advertising.
“It’s become really clear to me that we’re losing more people to the sweets than to the streets,” said Coates, who said he has seen members of his congregation give their infants bottles filled with sugary drinks. “There’s a great deal of misinformation in our communities, and I think that’s largely a function of these deceptive marketing campaigns.”
In a statement, Coca-Cola dismissed the pastors’ charges saying “The allegations here are…legally and factually meritless, and we will vigorously defend against them. The Coca-Cola Company understands that we have a role to play in helping people reduce their sugar consumption.”
And in fact, it appears they have, introducing low and zero calorie versions of its most popular drinks while soda consumption as a whole has declined.
Per the American Beverage Association, “Beverages are not driving obesity rates. Obesity has been going up steadily for years while soda consumption has been going down steadily. Shouldn’t obesity rates have gone down with the reduction in soda consumption if the two are connected?”
One would think. Yet obesity rates remain higher among black and Hispanic populations as a whole.
But why single out only Coca Cola? What about Pepsi? Dr. Pepper? How about candy manufacturers like Mars, snack makers like Frito-Lay and every single fast food chain? In fact, you might as well sue farmers and Hormel for making bacon so tasty, because it’s obviously their “deceptive marketing” that makes us think it’s ok to eat it.
Which brings to mind the advertising campaign about pork that called it “the other white meat.”
Sounds a bit racist now, doesn’t it?
The bottom line is, if more food goes down your gullet than your body actually needs, it’s not the food’s fault.
But liberals will stop at nothing to justify their victim status. Just like they believe guns need to be controlled to curb violence, don’t be surprised if they decide spoons, forks and straws should also be controlled to curb obesity.
[This article was written by Michele Hickford, author of the brutally honest and bitingly funny Do I Need To Slap You?]