A few days ago I came across another ‘study’.
There are several things that strike me about this ‘study’.
For a start it is patently a load of utter bollox. I have known a lot of fizzy drink drinkers in my time, and have joined their ranks and consumed more than my fair share many times. Yet not one [including myself] has suddenly become violent. They go so far as to state that “close to half of teenagers who drank 14 or more cans of soft drinks a week carried a gun or knife.” That is so patently absurd as to be laughable. They might as well say that half of all left-handed people will turn out to be serial rapists. It is utter nonsense, yet it is emanating from “experts”.
The sad thing about this “study” is that a great many people will actually believe it. They will scan the article and gasp in horror. Without giving it any further thought, they will accept it as fact because experts in a university have said so and therefore it must be true. They next time they see some kid slurping out of a can of Coca Cola, they will recoil in horror, convinced they are about to be shot or stabbed. They will avoid the drinks aisles in the supermarkets and disinherit their own children if they ever so much as look at a can of Fanta.
What made them do this “study” I ask? The answer is simple. This is yet another link in the chain towards demonising sugar in the great anti-obesity fight. We are going to see a hell of a lot more of these “studies” in the near future, each one producing more ridiculous scares than the previous one. What’s the betting that there will be “proof” that sitting near a fizzy drink drinker will increase your chances of dying from cancer a hundredfold? How soon will we hear all about third hand obesity [Don’t ask me what it is – it hasn’t been invented yet]?
Of course, now that it has appeared in print, it is equally cast in stone. The science is proven. There is no such thing as a safe level of sugar. A person can suffer a heart attack just from watching a can of fizzy orange for more than thirty seconds. Even seeing a can on a shelf in a shop will cause 50% of people to rush out and buy a gun.
Do you think I am exaggerating?
Do you think I am being sarcastic?
Just look at the unbelievable claims they make about tobacco.
It’s starting all over again.