Prevent? They really mean delay — unless, of course, reduced-salt man is immortal.
Here’s the key statement: Nine of every 10 adults in the U.S. consume too much sodium from eating pizza, potato chips and other foods made with salt, raising the annual death toll from heart attacks and strokes, according to a federal report.
A few years ago I read a study that claimed regular exercise increases, on average, life expectancy. A quick back-of-the-envelope calculation showed the hours of exercise required to extend life nearly equaled the added years.
All good and well for those of us who enjoy working out. But for those who loath exercise, each additional hour of life is spent on a task they consider to be truly irksome — exercise.
The point is no one should attempt to impose their value judgements on others. Cajoling is fine. But no one should work to enlist government to force others to make less-desirable choices in order to extend life.
If someone wants to eat pizza and chips, let them have at it. Their choices are their business. And their business alone.