Well, at least one California county is trying. You have to give them that. In an effort to curb childhood obesity, Santa Clara county, California has banned toys from meals with over 485 calories, effectively fast food.
The rationale: this is an effort to make the overly salty, fatty, and generally non-nutritious meals less appealing to younger children. In other words, “ordinance breaks the link between unhealthy food and prizes.”
But will such an act achieve the ultimate goal of preventing our children from being overweight and obese?
I hardly think so. Not that I want to knock any effort made to stem the tide of childhood obesity in this country, but I think that the fast food industry has such a strangle hold on the minds (and tastebuds) of our youth today that legislators and parents are going to have to do more than take away the toys in a Happy Meal to make children stop craving drive-thru chicken nuggets and french fries.…
A PBS forum with Arthur Caplan and others asked the BIG question about rationing end-of-life care, and perhaps rationing in general: can we as a society ever agree as to what the rational goals of health care can be at the end of life?
To hear Caplan’s position, as well as the proponents and opponents of his view, watch the video below.
Summer Johnson, PhD
The environmental craze has extended to the funeral industry–at least in California. You can now, apparently, “go out green” and find a way to find a “an eco-friendlier alternative to cremation and burial” called water resolution, says the Arizona Daily Star.
Want to reduce your carbon footprint even after you can no longer even take a footstep? Now you can use a process that uses just a few chemicals and that will reduce the body to a watery mixture that “can be safely washed down the drain or even used to water plants.”
“Gee, Sally, what did you do to that ficus tree?” “Oh, that’s Bob.”
But in all seriousness, cremation and embalming aren’t nearly as environmentally friendly as water resolution because it neither relies upon fossil fuels or formaldahyde which can seep into the ground.…
The Nuffield Council is really scratching its head on that one–is money the only way to get people to give up parts of their bodies?
Would payment for funeral expenses be okay to increase the rate of cadaveric organ donation?
What about upping the ante for getting men to spill their seed or to be able to pay women to undergo hormone injections to donate those precious ova?
Well, when all else fails in the UK, the Council has decided to consult the public–an idea rarely (if ever) tried here in the US. What–you mean the public could have some novel ideas about what would be morally acceptable?…