On Wednesday, June 14, Senator Cynthia Villar proposed an “Unlimited Rice Ban” in restaurants for the reason that it is unhealthy for the citizens’ health. Instead, she thinks that this would inspire Filipinos to eat more vegetables as this is what’s done with other countries. She reportedly claims that too much intake of rice increases the risk for diabetes and she has voiced her thoughts on minimizing the number of people with diabetes as it is expensive to cure and not all can afford it.
Though Sen. Villar strikes a point with her proposal, it just seems impossible to implement this to Filipinos as rice is their staple food. There are lots of restaurants of food chains that offer unli-rice servings to people. After the proposal has been broadcasted, Filipinos have been angered by it. The proposal has met trolls all over the internet which resulted to Sen. Villar saying that she has no intention to implement her proposal.
“I am not planning to make a law banning ‘unli rice’, not at all. I just voiced out my concern that eating too much rice is one of the main causes of high blood sugar that leads to diabetes,” Villar said in a statement Thursday.
In my opinion, I don’t think there’s no need to ban such service as it is our choice as to how to take care of our health. We all know the risks of the diet we’re in and it’s a matter of choice as to how we would deal with such thing. Besides, there are lots of issues to tackle rather than banning the unlimited rice service.
Several accounts regarding the “fake rice” from China have been circulating all over Facebook the past month and I think that this should be dealt with first. Another thing that should be scrutinized by the government are the overpriced rice at other parts of the country.
As a student under a medical course, I think that the government has to focus improving its health services. For one, I think the government should start working on improving its service for people with disabilities. Also, the government should start giving notice to people with Anaphylaxis which is a life-threatening allergic reaction which oven involves allergies with food, insect stings, and medications. The government should implement a law that suits the care and needs of people affected by anaphylaxis.
What do you think should the government focus on?