I am just... something by this web site. I'm not sure what, but something. This website was unveiled yesterday after the media event yesterday at Burleigh Manor Middle School to announce the county's new campaign against obesity.
I am all against obesity. It's the cause of many a physical and social ill. And I support all reasonable efforts to reduce the incidence of obesity in our society.
But I am going to call a bit of a foul on the theatre of this event. Really.. the dumping of 9.6 tons of sand to simulate sugar? And at a middle school? Oh, but that's right, it's all about the children. Heaven knows adults don't ever become obese.
Obesity happens for many reasons, not just because people drink too much damn soda. They are obese because of their genetics. They are obese as they gain weight as a reaction to medication for another physical problem. They don't exercise enough. They have a mental health condition which is alleviated by overeating.
So while dumping the sand makes for a wonderful photo in someone's Gubernatorial website, it would be nice to understand that "Howard County Unsweetened" addresses all of these additional, and other, possible causes of obesity.