I was on my way home and saw an ad on the subway sponsored by the City of New York. It was attempting to address a well-known issue with excessive sweets and the direct correlation it has to obesity, the development of type 2 diabetes and heart problems, among other issues. It is no secret that excessive sugar is no good for us. We are faced — no, bombarded — with sugar in just about everything we eat, from some breads to the purposefully chosen coffee concoctions with the “extras”.
What we really face is a sugar epidemic. Remember when our parents used to tell us not to eat so much sugar? What happened to that tutelage, those sound words of advise (as much as we kids hated it)? It is unfortunate that things like soda and “juice” have replaced the beautiful sanctity that is water. Remember that: water? Not water with additives, extra vitamin supplements or fake sugar like aspartame.
Funny enough, I also saw an advertisement on TV based on the same ad campaign from NYC. I applaud them for their efforts. Sadly, what it comes down to is personal choice for making a lifestyle change, removing those unhealthy elements from your life and replacing them with healthy, live-enriching food and drink. With many aspects of American living, we need to take a step back to lifestyles that encouraged moderate eating, sufficient exercise and proper hydration.
So, NYC? Keep putting us on notice about our sugar intake. Let’s step it up to other areas that really need improving and somehow incentivize our residents to make the right changes for their lives.