Health commissioner David Grossman is right. When commenting on efforts to make Toledo healthier in a May 21 story in The Blade, the county official noted that “it’s really up to the individual.” But some people think that they should make the choice for us.
A few nutrition activists want to pin our heart health solely on food – leveraging that hype to direct energy toward ineffective government control of our food choices. In the past year we’ve seen proposals for zoning against popular restaurants, taxes on snack foods, and outright food bans. Legislators in Mississippi even considered making it a crime for eateries to serve food to anyone deemed “obese.”
“Healthy” doesn’t mean city-wide diets or government-mandated exercise. It’s about all of our small, daily choices: turning off the TV, climbing the stairs, and taking that extra step.