We’ve written plenty about the lunacy from activists who think people are just like cocaine junkies when presented with a plate of bacon. Now, we’re spreading the news that the so-called “food addiction” theory is bunk, from sunny Southern California to chilly New England.
Our Senior Research Analyst J. Justin Wilson writes, “Food, just like music, exercise and comedy, isn’t some cocaine-like substance just because it makes us feel good. Even one pro-food addiction researcher revealingly conceded that ‘nobody claims that food has [as] strong of an effect’ as real drugs on the brain.” Those who partook of a Thanksgiving feast didn’t get the shakes after the food comas, after all.
This would all be pointless academic piffle if the activists pushing this idea didn’t have a hidden political agenda. Between opening the door for greedy trial lawyers seeking to punish food companies for offering people what they want and regulating away buffets and drive-thrus, the food police hope “food addiction” will lead directly to the carrot-juice house.
Instead of backing an ever-increasing quantity of government meddling in our food choices, perhaps we should follow a different approach. Wilson goes on: “If we gorge on Thursday, perhaps we should go for a walk on Friday. Instead of playing sedentary video games, perhaps kids should run around outside.”
So we can make up for our feasting by passing up the golf cart the next time we hit the links or by giving Fido a longer walk. And unlike a government-ordered diet — which polling shows we are likely to hate — we might actually enjoy it.