Warren Buffett will be 85 years old this year. He is one of the wealthiest men in the world. He was a big and early supporter of Barack Obama’s political career. He is the largest shareholder in Berkshire Hathaway. He once sat on the Board of Directors of Coca Cola. Berkshire Hathaway recently acquired H.J. Heinz and Kraft Foods. Buffett was also involved in the merger of Burger King and Tim Hortons, the Canadian coffee shop chain.
Warren Buffett has eaten mostly junk food almost all of his life. According to Patricia Sellers writing in Fortune Magazine online, Buffett drinks five Coca-Colas per day, two of which are Cherry Cokes. Depending on his mood, for breakfast, he will eat either chocolate chip ice cream or Utz Potato Stix which are like Potato Chips only they come in a can as pictured below.
During his interview with Patricia Sellers, when asked why he eats this high sugar, high salt, high cholesterol diet, Buffett jokes:
“I checked the actuarial tables, and the lowest death rate is among six-year-olds. So I decided to eat like a six-year-old.” The octogenarian adds, “It’s the safest course I can take.”
This brings me to a point I want to make. We are paying an army of bureaucrats in the federal government, state government, and local school districts a boat load of money to try to get children to eat allegedly nutritious but barely edible crap, as shown in previous posts. The children are throwing the food in the trash.
Now, I wouldn’t eat like Warren Buffett, I don’t think my teeth would survive all that Coca-Cola and I’m not crazy about sugary foods in general. But, it is funny to think that Buffett is a living example of a line in the Woody Allen movie Sleeper . It’s where the character has been asleep for 230 years and he wakes up to discover, among other things, that banana splits have become a health food.
Recent books and research have called into question the whole scheme of the government’s dietary guidelines especially the so called “food pyramid.” It might well be that the very guidelines of the government’s food pyramid are what have caused the “epidemic” of obesity. I don’t know. All I know is that there are too many people with agendas for the schools that create distractions from the core purposes of the schools: reading, writing, and arithmetic. If the schools can’t get those things right; nothing else they do really matters.
I’ve got a better idea: get rid of the food bureaucracy at all levels of government and put the food service out to bid. Let the local school boards run their own schools.
Buffett photo source: Getty Images via Fortune Magazine
Utz photo source: Walmart via Business Insider.