You might have seen this on Facebook but I want to rant about it a little bit more here. A while back I saw this meme that said DONUTS ARE HEALTHIER THAN CRYSTAL METH, with a picture of a delicious caramel-drizzled frosted donut. Cute huh? Funny but also obviously true, or at least it’s obvious to some of us. But, proving that no matter how obvious a statement is there are people who will argue against it, some people are actually saying that this is not true. Please go read this from the SciBabe – Five Reasons Why Donuts are Healthier Than Crystal Meth. It contains lots of profanity but in this case I think it’s justified. I’m kinda having a hard time refraining myself.
I think the biggest problem here is not that some people are so stupid they think donuts are actually worse for you than crystal meth; (because at least meth users are not obese) it’s the obsession our society has with thinness and obesity, and eating only the right things, “right” meaning whatever the self-appointed food police have decided is right, and just the general obsession with how other people choose to live their lives. As SciBabe says, one donut, even one donut a week, is not going to kill you. One donut is not going to make you obese; it’s the total calories you consume from all sources balanced against your activity level.
But the Food Police… no, wait, let’s not call them the Food Police. Health Evangelists seems more accurate because eating the “right” foods and avoiding “evil” foods has become like a religion to them. They’re not interested in science or logic and the idea that they ought to mind their own business is completely alien to them. They have latched onto the “true gospel” of healthy living and have made it their mission to save the non-believers. The obvious thing would be to simply ignore them but they are so aggressive and ubiquitous that their nonsense gets into everyone’s heads and into both politics and marketing so it’s impossible to avoid thinking about it and feeling a little bit guilty for occasionally indulging in something that tastes good.
There are people, like SciBabe, fighting against mis-information of all kinds but it seems like no one ever wants to listen to sensible people and this is so frustrating to me.
I wish I could do this to every single person, other than legitimate doctors and scientists, who ever opens their mouth to say what other people should and should not eat or drink: