The ever busy, never dull Nanny Staters are at it yet again. I can just imagine the hot tingling feeling they are experiencing over the prospect of this:
New federal dietary guidelines are due to come out next year, and critics say early drafts suggest they may represent a new nanny-state intrusion – calling for Internet-based “weigh-ins” and government text messages to overweight people meant to help them shed the pounds.
So the government will have access to cell phone numbers now? And what is an Internet Weigh in?
As if this isn’t enough to make freedom loving people churn-
Critics also fear the guidelines, which are subject to revision every five years, may go well beyond nutrition to address the planet’s health, too.
Of course, we have to kill two birds with one long overthrown step.
Phrases like “sustainability,” “climate change,” “organic,” and “locally grown” are a part of the guideline discussions, much to the consternation of some critics.
“These are nutritional guidelines that, even if you do buy into global climate change, have nothing to do with nutrition,” said Jeff Stier, a senior fellow at the National Center for Public Policy Research.
Are these organizations federally funded? If so we need to fire all these scientists and other idiots.
The best of this article is here:
At the same March 14 meeting of the Advisory Committee, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Sonia Angell, who led the banning of trans fats in New York City restaurants under then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg, suggested such a ban should be carried out nationwide. “It’s not about individual decision-making anymore,” she said, “because the opportunity here is to remove it from the food supply.”
When a government says individual choice is not a factor anymore, we have a huge problem. We’re not talking about harming other people with guns and driving while under the influence. We’re talking about our own choices with food…eating a hamburger and fries; being fat or skinny. Or as most people are- somewhere in between.
“Whatever we’re doing now, personal responsibility is not working,” said John Banzhaf, a professor of public interest law at George Washington University. Banzhaf is known for spearheading litigation against tobacco companies. He’s using the same techniques against food companies and restaurants. “A third of our kids now in school are going to get diabetes. It’s costing us 200 billion dollars a year, so we’re all paying for it,” he said.
For the people who ARE truly overweight and have health problems, CHARGE them more for heath insurance. It’s simple. It might not be politically correct and it might be a little discriminatory but it’s a lot better than taking away individual rights to eat whatever food people want to eat.
It’s not the governments job to monitor people’s weight or other health habits. I wish we would stop all this nanny state nonsense once and for all.