Premier Christy Clark caused a lot of screeching brakes and other variations of media road rage after Jonathon Fowlie’s Vancouver Sun story describing her going through a red light while driving her son through an abandoned intersection at 5:15 am.
But what caught my attention was the sentence.
“In her son’s bag is the pizza and Krispy Kreme doughnut Clark packed for his lunch.”
I know, she’s the most stressed-out single Mom in the province, but it’s surprising she wasn’t aware enough of what that meal signals to the reporter who was in the car.
Christy Clark, as someone who has championed getting junk food out of schools, and someone whose number 1 job is to reduce public debt, should be especially sensitive to the relationship between feeding kids processed foods, sugar and fat rather than fruits and vegetables, and the heart diseases, obesity and other chronic diseases that are swamping our health care system.
The projected growth in health care costs in B.C. will be double the projected tax and royalty returns from the premier’s election campaign showpiece: liquified natural gas plants.
With 80% of health care costs coming from chronic diseases that are mostly brought on by poverty, wrong diet and lifestyle choices, fixing that should be our #1 economic priority.
Talking points on that topic should be on the political food literacy curriculum.