By Tyler Bauer
Politics and government bring us some of the most pressing questions we’ll ever see. Topics like war, the economy, and abortion have divided us for centuries.
Add pizza to the list of divisive issues.
Yes, you read that right. The UK government is requiring pizzas to change in one of two ways – pizzas either have to get smaller or have fewer toppings. In an effort to tackle the obesity crisis, the UK government is aiming to place a cap on the number of calories in a pizza, and each of these measures would get the job done.
According to Public Health England, the UK’s obesity crisis is severe and has been in the works for decades. Therefore, “drastic” measures – such as calorie caps – are necessary to combat this issue. According to The Telegraph, Public Health England’s (PHE) plans “will see recommended limits on thousands of regularly consumed foods, including cooking sauces, soups, burgers and processed meats.” PHE plans to cut daily calorie consumption by 20% and hopes to halve childhood obesity – one in five children in the UK are obese by the time they leave primary school – by 2030.
Childhood obesity is a serious problem, and I can’t blame Brits for wanting to be healthier, but it isn’t the government’s job to tell us what to eat and how much to eat. Why does the UK government have the authority to regulate pizza and everything else its citizens eat? The answer is simple – when the government controls your healthcare, they’ll control what you eat. What many people fail to realize is that you never give the government power in only one area. When you give government the power to regulate your healthcare, they’ll regulate what you eat and how much you eat. So, if you don’t want some bureaucrat in London (or, in our case, Washington) to limit your pizza intake, don’t let the government get involved in healthcare.