It's worth a try, particularly at this time of the year when we're already bombarded with new diets and the assertions that it's the carbs and sugar, not fats, that kill.
Paul Krugman looks at where Republican funding comes from and finds pizza.
...Republicans are the party of Big Energy and Big Food: they dominate contributions from extractive industries and agribusiness. And they are, in particular, the party of Big Pizza.
No, really. A recent Bloomberg report noted that major pizza companies have become intensely, aggressively partisan. Pizza Hut gives a remarkable 99 percent of its money to Republicans. Other industry players serve Democrats a somewhat larger slice of the pie (sorry, couldn’t help myself), but, over all, the politics of pizza these days resemble those of, say, coal or tobacco. And pizza partisanship tells you a lot about what is happening to American politics as a whole. ...NYT
Bad news. Republicans and heavy consumption of pizza work together to kill America -- its freedoms and its people. Take a killer war or two concocted by a couple of cynical men in the White House in 2001 -- bad enough! Now add to the slaughter in Iraq and Afghanistan the simple poison of "extra cheese" demanded by a greedy Republican Congress along with a radical Supreme Court in and you've pretty much finished off "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
You're laughing at the concept? Get serious.
...Heavier states tend to vote Republican, and the G.O.P. lean is especially pronounced in what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention call the “diabetes belt” of counties, mostly in the South, that suffer most from that particular health problem. Not coincidentally, officials from that region have led the pushback against efforts to make school lunches healthier.
At a still deeper level, health experts may say that we need to change how we eat, pointing to scientific evidence, but the Republican base doesn’t much like experts, science, or evidence. Debates about nutrition policy bring out a kind of venomous anger — much of it now directed at Michelle Obama, who has been championing school lunch reforms — that is all too familiar if you’ve been following the debate over climate change. ...NYT
So wise up, America. Grapefruit and other short-term diets aren't saving us, long term, anymore than "belly-fat" tips or green tea. In fact, it's time to dump the tea as well -- okay?