Why glorify bacon? It's a carcinogen!

Posted 3/11/18

To The Editor:Questions about the Cleveland Daily Banner article on front page of the Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, edition: "Annexation, bacon take city stage."Why would, or should, the community be …

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Why glorify bacon? It's a carcinogen!


To The Editor:

Questions about the Cleveland Daily Banner article on front page of the Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, edition: "Annexation, bacon take city stage."

Why would, or should, the community be celebrating bacon, a known carcinogen?

The World Health Organization has classified processed meat and/or bacon as a Group 1 carcinogen to humans. Tobacco smoking and asbestos are also both classified as carcinogenic to humans (Group 1). This category is used when there is sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in humans.

In other words, there is convincing evidence that the agent causes cancer. The evaluation is usually based on epidemiological studies showing the development of cancer in  exposed humans.

Why celebrate bacon with a kids' section and vendor area when Tennessee is rated No. 5 in childhood obesity?

Tennessee consistently ranks as one of the states with the highest rate of childhood obesity: 38.5 percent of Tennessee students are overweight or obese. Experts blame a society that continues to push junk food despite the overwhelming evidence about its dangers, and the lack of access to exercise.

More than 40 percent of those between 16 and 19 years old are obese, teams at Duke University, Wake Forest University and others found. But worse, 26 percent of 2- to 5-year-olds are overweight, and more than 15 percent are obese, as reported in the journal Pediatrics.

Why would the community need "over 100 vendors ... and endless choices of bacon dishes," when Tennessee has the sixth-highest adult obesity rate in the nation?

This is according to "The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America," which was released in August 2017. Tennessee's adult obesity rate is currently 34.8 percent, up from  20.9 percent in 2000, and from 11.1 percent in 1990.

The excuses of "always done it" and "it's a tradition," are not really valid. [Remember the tradition] that women could not vote? Everything in moderation is good ... [but it would seem] 34.8 percent of adults and 38.5 percent of children are struggling with moderation.

The community needs to rethink its options for better health and a better quality of life, instead of a large quantity of unhealthy eating of a known carcinogen to humans.

— W. Brooks



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