I confess to sinful behaviour at the supermarket.
I peek into people’s grocery carts to see what they are buying.
I shouldn’t be so nosey.
The Bible tells us to lead quiet lives, and mind our own business.( 1 Thessalonians 4:11)
Nevertheless, all humans have a tendency to compare themselves to others. In Sociology, this is part of Social Comparison Theory.
What others choose to eat is not my business, or is it?
Perhaps, indirectly, it is.
Here in Canada, health care is ‘free’ for everyone, whether you need an antibiotic, or heart surgery, but we pay for medical care through our taxes, and health care costs continue to soar.
Obviously there are some health conditions which are not at all related to what one eats, but there are some that are.
Newfoundland has Canada’s highest rates of obesity, Diabetes and Heart Disease.
Recently, the Government proposed a tax on sugary drinks like Coke and Pepsi, to help moderate people’s dietary choices, but this was met with overwhelming public outcry, as people claimed that this was a ‘tax on the poor.’
Choosing to nourish ourselves and our families well, is an act of love . Choosing healthy foods is not necessarly more expensive, but it does require knowledge of nutrition, careful planning, and creativity.
I try, with God’s help, to look after myself, and others, with careful nutrition.
And so, I may do my small part to try not to bankrupt our health care system, which, in this part of Canada, is getting dangerously close.
May the Lord help us to care wisely for ourselves and others.
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