Sunday, July 3, 2005

Betcha can't eat just one!

Marijhuana, well known as a gateway drug to heroin and cocaine, may pose an even greater threat to society through it's association with eating potato chips. While most people are aware that pot smoking inevitably leads to harder drugs, it now appears that the seemingly harmless activity of satisfying the "munchies", which often accompanies pot smoking, may be leading young people down a path of untold misery.

When Gina Gough was rushed into hospital in agony, with severe abdominal pains and jaundice, doctors initially suspected hepatitis and put her to an isolation ward.

In fact, the 22-year-old's condition was the result of a three-year diet that consisted almost entirely of crisps. She was eating up to 15 bags a day and went into hospital weighing 14st.

Her case demonstrates the potential dangers of a junk-food diet
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She put on five stone and she said her personality changed: "My concentration slowed and I felt tired all the time. I was a very happy-go-lucky person before, but I started to get mood swings and I became very snappy."

Miss Gough believes that she was addicted to "highs" generated by the fat and chemical additives in the crisps. In 2003, a study by the Rockefeller University in New York, suggested that biochemical changes caused by large quantities of fat and sugar were comparable to the addictive reactions caused by heroin and cocaine. Researchers found that snack foods could "reconfigure" the body's hormones to crave more fatty food.

Now Miss Gough is calling on crisp makers to put warning labels on their products. "I didn't listen to my parents, but official labels, telling people to eat crisps in moderation and warning about possible adverse effects on health, would certainly have got me thinking. Children are eating foods such as crisps with no idea about what they could be doing to their bodies."

But children under 18 will not have the maturity necessary to understand the repercussions of their actions! We must not sell junk to children. Instead, we must it make available only through government regulated daycare and educational institutions. We all know that parents are ill-equipped to dispense food for pleasure - they themselves are often victims of their own moral weakness. Junk food must be administered by qualified professionals as a means of behavioural re-enforcement.

1 Comment:

barlo said...

......reading that that was the bigest waste of time ever....if people are to stupid to know that sugar/fat and processed food is bad for them ASWELL as hard drugs then you SHOULD die, why is every one else responsible with keeping morons safe, i say LET EM DIE OUT then maybe the rest of us can get on with normal lives