Yup, in most things, though not the one that saying usually refers to.
It matters if you’re too short for the rides at Six Flags, or too tall to play in IKEA’s ball pit. Or if you used to wear a 10 and are now a 16.
And it matters if you’re too small to see over the steering wheel or too large to fit in an airplane seat.
But if you’re big and powerful, like Coca-Cola, you can convince people that size is irrelevant. Sugar-loaded gigantic sodas don’t affect your health, the company maintains. Based on their research, a calorie is a calorie, whether you get it from a cupcake, a cola, or a carrot. And they’re pouring millions of dollars into proving their point.
Like lobbying to defeat New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s initiative to reduce the sizes of soft drinks sold in restaurants. The decision, handed down yesterday, will most likely be appealed.
The amount of money spent on lawyers and lawsuits is staggering. Imagine if even a fraction of it was allocated to medical research.
The wise people at Coca Cola even paid people to study housework. Ladies, we’re fatter than our mothers and grandmothers because we don’t do as much vacuuming and dusting as they did.
Portion control, moderation, balanced meals. These are the words of dieting wisdom I grew up with. Often at restaurants I lament that I’d be happy if they’d reduce the portion size and cut the price to match. Instead, I take home leftovers.
No one is stopping anyone from buying as many soft drinks as he/she desires. Soda drinking isn’t being banned.
Yet the impact of sugar on obesity and diabetes is well known. No amount of floor mopping or loads of laundry will negate the calories and sugar consumed if these tasks are rewarded by drinking gallons of soda.
Maybe Michael R. Bloomberg should borrow some of these phrases for his global health initiatives. After all, public health leads to perfect harmony; and that would be the real thing.