Sunday, December 16, 2012

Which comes first, the pizza or the crazy?

What is up with these crazy pizza guys? First we get Godfather's Pizza CEO and Presidential candidate Herman Cain with his "9-9-9" tax plan to raise taxes on poor people promote tax equity. Then John Schnatter of Papa John's threatens to make all employees part-time to avoid having to offer health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. And this week former Domino's CEO Tom Monaghan sues to block the Affordable Care Act's mandated insurance coverage of contraception, which he calls "gravely immoral."

Monaghan is super-concerned about morality. After selling Domino's to Bain Capital (of course) for $1 billion, Monaghan tried to build his own Catholic paradise in Florida. Who wouldn't want to live in a little town called Ave Maria, where birth control, pornography, and abortion were illegal? And he would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for those pesky constitutionally protected civil liberties! I guess that's why the students at Ave Maria Law School scored worst in the state on the 2011 Florida Bar Exam. Sad face.

While we're on the subject of morality, can we talk about the pizza? Pizza is delicious - mmmmm, fat and carbs. Pizza is also really unhealthy. How unhealthy? Well, let's have a looksee at the Domino's nutrition information. Did your eyes glaze over when you figured out that the calorie information for the crust, sauce, cheese and toppings were each listed separately? Do you think they made this needlessly complicated so that you'd give up and just eat another slice?

Okay, for the sake of Feminism, I'll do some math. One slice of  a large Ultimate Pepperoni Pizza has:
  • 430 calories
  • 100 grams of fat (about 2 times US RDA)
  • 7 grams of saturated fat (about a third of US RDA)
  • 36 milligrams of cholesterol (only 10% of US RDA!)
  • 1125 milligrams of sodium (half of US RDA)
And how often do people stop at one slice? Never.

(Also, if fat has 9 calories per gram, I am not clear how a slice can have 100 grams of fat and clock in at 430 calories. But I'm taking Domino's numbers . . .)

According to the Harvard School of Public Health:
  • one in three adults is obese;
  • obesity-related healthcare costs between $147 and $190 billion per year,
  • which is 8.5% of Medicare, 11.8% of Medicaid, and 12.9% of private healthcare spending.
Where the hell do these pizza guys get off telling us about the morality of any aspect of our healthcare spending?

If you sell a product that kills 300,000 Americans a year, maybe you should not be offering your opinion on our nation's healthcare crisis. Forgive me being blunt, but a guy who made a billion dollars off of ruining people's health can Shut The F**k Up about his religious objection to women's reproductive care!

Cigarette and gun manufacturers are also invited to stay silent on this topic.

Scientists, however, give us helpful data. They tell us that covering contraception saves employers money by preventing unplanned pregnancies. And that deliberately spacing pregnancies contributes to better maternal and child health. And that teen mothers earn $3500 less per year and receive twice as much in Federal aid than those who delay childbearing until their 20s. Which seems way more convincing than, "Your healthcare is against my religion."

Today's $5 is for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which advocates for rational food policy. I know, that's not strictly a feminist cause. But did you see the nutrition numbers on the pizza? Yikes!


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