The Twinkie, while nostalgic and iconic in every way, represents just that: the old way of doing things. Those arguing that we should be able to (literally) have our cake and eat it too need only to look at obesity stats.
Many Americans need to lose weight, it's true. But haven't we become a little obsessed with dieting and too fixated on our girth? Isn't time for a little more heart and critical thinking to enter the conversation?
America's appetite is out of control. Yes, we have an obesity epidemic. But far more disconcerting is the rampant lack of understanding and compassion for the daily, minute-to-minute struggle that the vast majority contend with being overweight or obese.
Politicians eager to raise more revenue for dwindling coffers caused in part by higher medical costs associated with obesity are now pigging out on the idea of implementing a "fat tax" of high caloric, sugary and fatty foods to curb American's unhealthy appetites.
The vast majority of Americans still consider their food choices as a personal matter and exercise of individual freedom that should not be regulated or interfered with. That's understandable, but the consequences are plain to see.
To be sure, obesity rates only increased over the past decade, continuing the epidemic rise that has progressed over the past half-century. But hidden underneath the scary statistics is quite a bit of good news.