I saw two unrelated stories today that I think I need to present together.
The first one is this article about a patron - and unofficial greeter - of the Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas who died of a heart attack at the age of 52. The Heart Attack Grill is famous for the medical theme of the restaurant combined with its high calorie menu. He is not the first person to have medical problems that might be connected to eating regularly at the restaurant.
The second article is about a 31 year-old woman who's death is being linked to her extreme consumption of Coca Cola. She frequently drank more than 2 gallons of soda a day. She had a cardiac arrhythmia, smoked heavily and was known to skip meals but the coroner made a special note of her soda addiction as a substantial contributor in her death.
What these two stories have in common are the consequences of excess.
In the first story, it would be difficult to believe that the man's high fat, high calorie diet had nothing to do with his young death. Yes, his family had a history of heart disease but the appropriate reaction to that knowledge is not to ignore those risks and eat what you want. The correct response is to do what you can to avoid an early death by heart disease.
In the second story, although the woman smoked and didn't eat well, the soda - with all that sugar - had to have something to do with her young death. Seriously. She had to have her teeth removed because they were so rotted from the sugar she consumed. She consumed way too much sugar for one person. Did I mention that she was a mother? Yeah.
It appears that both of these people could have taken measures that might have made a difference in their lives - or how early those lives ended -but they chose not to. It's a shame for those who were left behind and should serve as a lesson to the rest of us.