As if there wasn't already enough government intervention in the everyday decisions
made by a "free" people, there is a new regulatory fad underway — an Orwellian attempt
to get you to eat healthy food whether you like it or not. Without the
cooperation of the national news media, the Food Police would be just an annoying
group of easily ignored troublemakers. Unfortunately there are plenty of
elected officials who love to embrace a "crisis" in an attempt to appear to be
solving problems. The Nutrition Crisis is the perfect bait for
publicity-hungry politicians. After all, who could be against good
nutrition, especially for "America's Children"?
The national news media, rather than questioning anything they hear, have been fueling
this debate by adding just enough hype and phony concern to keep people watching TV or
reading the newspaper. Their use of the term "Obesity Epidemic" implies that obesity is
contagious. But in many cases, obesity is the result of poor self-control, and the obese
individual has only himself to blame.
Unfortunately there is much more to this issue than junk food. It has to do with
trial lawyers,* intrusive government,
personal responsibility and freedom. This page is primarily about the busybodies,
not the problem of obesity or the nutritional value of french fries. Liberals
think you're stupid, they think you're incapable of making your own decisions, and
they want the government to enforce their paternalism.
Related topic: School lunches.
Grocers object to Obama
calorie requirements under health care law. Another group is objecting to another part of President Obama's new health care law:
Grocers. "The lobbyist for grocers including Kroger Co. and Safeway Inc. is calling on President Barack Obama to curtail a U.S. health
law provision that mandates the companies display the calorie content of all their foods," reports Bloomberg News.
[NY] City Education
Department cracking down on school kitchens' use of butter. Butter was exiled from school cafeterias as far back 2008 in
an effort to make meals healthier. But some school kitchen managers say they are being 'bullied' on how to prepare meals and
threatened with 'disciplinary action' should they go against the ban.
The Candy Man Can't. A soda fountain
in St. Paul may be fined $500 by city inspectors for selling candy cigarettes. Lynden's Soda Fountain opened a few months ago
but was recently warned it was violating the city's ban on candy cigarettes, passed in 2009. It said it won't keep selling the
candy cigarettes or bubblegum cigars, but it is promoting the incident. "Stop in and try a Soda at half price between now and the
end of the year while sugar is still legal!" the store stated in a Facebook post.
Miami code enforcement to nuns: Stop feeding the poor.
Mother Teresa's Miami soup kitchen
harassed by the powerful. Thirty-three years ago, Mother Teresa of Calcutta came to Miami to put her merciful motto of love into action:
"To serve the poorest of the poor." Since then, each morning a group of sisters of the congregation of the Missionaries of Charity, donning
their distinctive white blue-bordered saris, passes through the gates of their beloved Overtown convent — where they live without air
conditioning, washing machines or television — and cross the street to enter the world of the poor: a soup kitchen founded by
The Skinny on Anti-Obesity Soda Laws.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's anti-obesity campaign to ban the sale of certain sugary drinks in large servings, especially sodas, was
struck down last month in state court. [...] Yet Mayor Bloomberg has vowed to fight on, and the wider government war on obesity shows no
sign of abating. Municipalities and states continue to target sodas. In February, a bill to levy a penny-per-ounce tax was
introduced in California. Politicians and the media like to portray anti-obesity efforts as a battle against a food-industry
conspiracy to make America fat.
Stupid Food and Drink Bans. Anyone, any city, and any
governing body that passes laws to ban what you eat and drink has not read the U.S. Constitution. There is nothing in there
granting them the power to decide what you eat and how much.
Felonies Unit to Help Make Better Food Choices. Inspired by the dramatic improvements in New Yorkers' health and well-being
after he banned smoking and junk food, as well as large sodas, salt, trans fats, Styrofoam food containers, and loud earbuds, Mayor Michael
Bloomberg has announced that the NYPD is organizing a Food Felonies Unit (FFU) to further combat the proliferation of food crimes.
Smoke Gets in Your
Rights. One politician thinks he has the right to tell New Yorkers what they can put in their stomachs. Another
thinks he has the right to outlaw Californians smoking in the sanctity of their own homes. These two must think they are gods or
kings. Or dictators. They know what's best for you, so they feel free to force you to behave — for your own
Administration Unleashes Food
Police on the U.S. Military. U.S. military bases are traditionally outfitted with some of the comforts of home —
including comfort food. The naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for example, has McDonald's, KFC, Starbucks, Subway, an Irish pub with
notorious fried pickles, and multiple bars. Now, the food police are closing in at the Department of Defense, with similar language
that preceded school menu crackdowns.
$1.8M Federal Grant
Helped D.C. Make Fruits and Vegetables Available at Work. The municipal government of Washington, D.C. received a
$1.8 million federal Community Transformation Grant in 2012 to promote healthy lifestyles in the city. Among the things the
city would do with the money, as listed on its application, was increasing the "availability of fruit and vegetables to employees in their
It Took A Judge, But
NYC's Soda Nazi Is Stopped Flat. In a ruling stunning in its strong language and moral censure, Judge Milton Tingling struck
down the Big Apple's infamous ban on large sugary soft drinks on the brink of its implementation. The judge declared Mayor Mike "Big
Gulp" Bloomberg's soda diktat "unconstitutional," "arbitrary and capricious," and said it "would create an administrative Leviathan and
violate the separation of powers doctrine."
Bloomberg's Soda Folly.
New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg's ban on large-size sugary drinks at certain establishments, colloquially known as the soda
ban, is a lesson in how to make your cause look ridiculous. Bloomberg hoped the ban would spark a nationwide crackdown on sugary
beverages. Instead, it became the subject of widespread mockery [...]
What if New York's Nanny Is Actually a
Thug? What if a dictator in America used the force of law to tell you what to eat? What if the same dictator told
you what to drink? What if the dictator told you the sizes of the containers in which you could purchase a lawful beverage?
What if the dictator just made up the rules according to his own personal taste? What if the product he regulated was lawful,
sold nearly everywhere and consumed by nearly everyone?
Soda Ban and the
Government Leviathan. In recent decades, the judiciary has been at the forefront of efforts to expand the power of
government and to restrict the rights of the individual citizen. But today at least one judge has struck a blow against the
nanny state and its billionaire advocate.
check: Bloomberg claims more people die of obesity than hunger. The Red Cross estimates there were 1.5 billion
dangerously overweight people worldwide last year, while 925 million were underfed. The numbers on actual deaths seem to
suggest hunger is still more deadly, though. The United Nations estimated last year 25,000 people still die of hunger daily.
That means more than 9.1 million people die of hunger every year.
The Editor says...
Whether people die of hunger, obesity, cancer, or old age, it is not the government's responsibility to dictate our diet.
Judge halts mayor's soda
ban, calls it 'arbitrary and capricious'. A state judge today [3/11/2013] put a cork in City Hall's plans to ban Big Apple
restaurants and other venues from selling large sugary drinks — a bubble-bursting defeat for Mayor Bloomberg, who has made public
health a cornerstone of his tenure.
Bloomberg's soda ban prohibits 2-liter
bottles with your pizza and some nightclub mixers. Say goodbye to that 2-liter bottle of Coke with your pizza delivery,
pitchers of soft drinks at your kid's birthday party and some bottle-service mixers at your favorite nightclub. They'd violate
Mayor Bloomberg's new rules, which prohibit eateries from serving or selling sugary drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces.
All is forbidden.
Meat's bad. Fish, mercury. Coffee, unhealthy. Cheese, fattening. Spinach, unclean. Tuna needs p.r.
Canned soup, too much sodium. Pastrami, too many calories. Chicken, too little regulation. Eggs, eat only the white
part. Salad, wash thoroughly. Rice should be brown. Pasta should be wheat.
York City's Imperial Mayor Bloomberg Bans Again. Still pulsing with the power from outlawing big servings of sweet
drinks, Michael Bloomberg now wants to run Styrofoam out of his city. Clearly, he believes that everyone has to live exactly as
he wants them to live. During Thursday's State of the City address, New York Mayor Bloomberg called for a ban on
Styrofoam food packaging. It's all a part of his crusade to eliminate smoking, sugary drinks, salt and other items
he doesn't like — and, hence, thinks no one else should have.
Cajoles 21 Companies to Remove Salt from Products. On Monday, February 11, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg
announced that he had succeeded in cajoling 21 companies to remove more salt from some food products. Companies such as
Butterball, Heinz, Starbucks, Oscar Mayer, and Kraft Foods have committed to taking more sodium out of products ranging from popcorn,
to cold cuts, to breakfast sandwiches. Bloomberg announced that 21 companies out of 24 agreed to the changes.
Food control: New
regulations target meals sold in schools. Most candy, high-calorie drinks and greasy meals could soon be on a food
blacklist in the nation's schools.
Soda, candy out under USDA's proposed
school snack rules. The Obama administration proposed regulations Friday that would prohibit U.S. schools from selling unhealthy snacks.
The 160-page regulation from the Department of Agriculture (USDA) would enact nutrition standards for "competitive" foods not included in the official school
meal. In practice, the proposed rules would replace traditional potato chips with baked versions and candy with granola. Regular soda is out,
though high-schoolers may have access to diet versions.
Drops "Let's Move" Campaign. First Lady Michelle Obama has quietly dropped her "Let's Move" campaign, the healthy eating
push she took on for schools all over the country during her husband's first term.
Let's Stop! Michelle Abandons "Let's
Move" Campaign. First Lady Michelle Obama appears to have abandoned, at least for now, her oft-criticized "Let's Move"
initiative to promote exercise and healthy eating among the nation's youth, halting public appearances and statements related to
Michelle Obama tweets pictures of freshly picked cabbage. Michelle Obama promptly
tweeted pictures of freshly picked vegetables today [1/29/2013], after it was suggested that she had dropped her anti-obesity campaign Let's Move.
The White House Dossier — an unauthorized blog about the U.S. President and his family — posted an article this
morning which highlighted that the First Lady had done little to personally publicize the initiative since last September.
No Pork at TX College? The
Nanny State Continues. Are you sending your son or daughter off to college? If you are, have you given your adult (or
close to adult) child instructions on eating a healthy diet? Or, are you anticipating that the school will make these choices for
your young adult? At Paul Quinn College in Dallas (a small private college) the president of the school is making these decisions
for you. President Michael Sorrell came to the conclusion that pork is not a nutritious food and therefore banned it from the
school cafeterias. All pork. Not just bacon, not just pork rinds.
47 million Americans on food stamps, Obamas pig out
on a 3,000 calorie inaugural luncheon. Although Obamacare requires restaurants to post calorie counts for all their menu
items, Dear Leader's inaugural luncheon got a pass. It's good to be king! Of course, if you tried to serve this lunch in
your local high school cafeteria, Moochelle would have you arrested.
lunch menu tops 3,000 calories. The ceremonial lunch President Obama and his former congressional colleagues are eating
Monday [1/21/2013] tops out at 3,000 calories, according to a website that has tallied up the luxurious menu of lobster, bison and
Inaugural lunch: glaring
nutritional hypocrisy. For all their criticism of fatty foods and the mindless rubes who consume them, Barack Obama's
second inaugural luncheon was a display of dietary excess. The surf and turf meal began with lobster and creamy chowder sauce,
included grilled bison with plenty of gut-busting sides, and ended with apple pie a la mode. Not including alcoholic
beverages, the meal tips the scale at more than 3,000 calories — more than the average individual should eat in a day and
Gov't: Food allergies may be disability under
law. The Justice Department said in a recent settlement with a Massachusetts college that severe food allergies can be
considered a disability under the law.
Now Is the Time to Ban... Hot dogs.
Every year, between 66 and 77 children choke to death on food. The biggest culprit? The hot dog. My son almost
choked to death on a hot dog at a little league baseball game a few years ago. That day still sends shivers up my spine.
No child should be allowed near any such food, and frankly, neither should adults. These are dangerous food items that can kill
if not eaten responsibly. The fact is: hot dogs kill.
FDA proposes sweeping new food safety
rules. The rules, the most sweeping food safety guidelines in decades, would require farmers to take new precautions against
contamination, to include making sure workers' hands are washed, irrigation water is clean, and that animals stay out of fields.
The Editor says...
How did any of us survive up to this point? Farming is a dirty business, since food is grown in dirt, and even if all
food is contaminated to some degree, that's what cooking is for. It is my opinion that the country would be better off
without the FDA and without the Agriculture Department micro-managing everybody's business. (The same goes for the EPA, the
Departments of Labor, Energy, HHS, and a few others.)
discrimination fight. Back in the 1960s, there was real discrimination in American colleges. At places like the University of
Mississippi, students were threatened, assaulted, and arrested for demanding equal rights. The U.S. Justice Department (with just a handful of
lawyers) fought hard, serious battles to stop these civil rights abuses. Today, with a staff of 800 and a 2012 appropriation of $145 million,
the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division is suing universities over the food they do, and do not, serve in student cafeterias.
Top health-policy doc says city's war on salt is misguided.
City health czar Dr. Thomas Farley is warring with a noted scientist over sodium in the same medical journal where Farley trumpeted the city's war on
salt. "We cannot extrapolate that lowering sodium consumption would reduce cardiovascular risk or premature death," declared Dr. Sean C.
Lucan of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in this month's American Journal of Public Health.
Committee Approves Rahm's Healthier Vending
Machines. Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to crack down on the caloric content of city vending machines popped up in Wednesday's City Council
meeting, and aldermen had some heavy concerns. After committee members OK'd the proposed ordinance this week, council members wondered everything
from whether the sodium level of drinks would be considered in the plan to if Chicago actually has enough healthy foods to fill the machines according
to the mayor's criteria.
What about bubble-gum cigars?
candy store threatened with fine for selling sugar cigarettes. Owners of an old-school soda shop in St. Paul, Minnesota, have been warned
to kick the habit and stop stocking novelty candy cigarettes. City inspectors threatened a misdemeanor citation and $500 fine if Lynden's soda
fountain is caught selling the fake smokes again.
2009 stimulus chief says taxes and rules on junk food are coming. Larry Summers, chair of the White House National Economic
Council when the 2009 stimulus was developed, suggested that President Obama will eventually tax and regulate junk food to drive people to
eat more healthily — although he dinged First Lady Michelle Obama's healthy foods initiative.
rein in 'food police' bureaucrats and get real about nutrition information. Here's food for thought! Despite the
looming "fiscal cliff," a national debt standing at $16 trillion and counting, and high unemployment rates, our federal government
continues to create heavy-handed, and often times unnecessary, regulations for our small businesses — the true engines of the
nation's economic growth. A case in point is a pending federal regulation dealing not with America's many pressing financial needs,
but the calorie count of food at your local restaurant.
Nanny State: Obamacare Now
Regulating Pizza. Section 4205 of PPACA (ObamaCare) requires any pizzeria, grocery, or convenience store with more
than 20 locations to post calorie information in their store on menu boards. The way the bill is written, Dominos, for
example, will have to write out the caloric information for 34 million different pizza combinations (yes, they've done the
math on that).
The captain of the Food Police has a 300-pound gingerbread house in her home.
54 Christmas trees a
part of the White House's "Joy to All" holiday theme. First lady Michelle Obama debuted the White House Christmas decorations, which
this year honor members of the military. The "Joy to All" holiday theme also includes 54 Christmas trees and an elaborate, 300-pound
gingerbread house resembling the White House.
Menu Labeling: Another
Job-Killing Regulation in ObamaCare. The government is addressing the nation's growing obesity epidemic with a regulation: Section 4205,
the menu labeling provision attached to ObamaCare meant to "aid consumers in selecting more healthful diets." As currently written, however, the regulation
will likely have job-killing effects and result in little, if any, significant reductions in obesity rates and/or improved health.
That's right —
Obamacare kills jobs.
Obamacare's pizza price. A provision requiring restaurant menus to
display calorie counts might seem like a minor addition to legislation representing the takeover of one-sixth of the economy, but the seemingly simple addition will cost
billions. President Obama's own Office of Management and Budget listed the menu display imposition as the third most burdensome statutory requirement enacted that
year, forcing retail outlets to expend 14,536,183 work hours every year just to keep Uncle Sam happy.
White House Thanksgiving: Six Types of
Pie. As food pantries across the United States are overwhelmed by the newly poor and food stamp use is the highest it's ever been, the
Obama first family is enjoying a Thanksgiving meal with six different types of pie.
Rahm Cracks Down on Chicago Vending
Machines. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday [11/14/2012] he's cracking down on the caloric content of vending machines in city buildings and
plans to replace them all with healthy vending by next year. A proposed ordinance, to be introduced this week, will lay out plans for the new machines
and detail guidelines on fat, sugar and calorie content starting in January 2013.
No Meat on Mondays in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles City
Council is urging all residents to observe "meatless Mondays" from now on. A resolution adopted on Oct. 24 reads: "Be it resolved,
that the Council of the City of Los Angeles hereby declares all Mondays as 'Meatless Mondays' in support of comprehensive sustainability efforts as
well as to further encourage residents to eat a more varied plant-based diet to protect their health and protect animals."
NYC Bans Food Donations
To The Homeless. Mayor Michael Bloomberg's food police have struck again! Outlawed are food donations to homeless
shelters because the city can't assess their salt, fat and fiber content, reports CBS 2's Marcia Kramer.
The Editor says...
I suspect the mayor's concern is not with fat and salt, but turf: His priority is to show the homeless that they're dependent on
government alone, not the generosity of private citizens, churches or volunteers.
Michelle Obama Wants to Create 'Let's Move! Towns
and Cities'. First Lady Michelle Obama is encouraging local governments across America to become "Let's Move!" cities and towns because
local leaders are "uniquely positioned to champion healthy communities." First launched in 2010 but expanded this July, the initiative allows
elected officials to sign up their locality as a "Let's Move! City," a "Let's Move! Town" or a "Let's Move! County" and thus commit to various healthy
The Editor asks...
How does a local government "commit" to dietary restrictions except by restricting liberty?
Six Green Lies Threatening to Starve You.
It started with the gas in your car. Now the green police are coming after the food in your fridge.
Nanny State Update: Obama's Food Cops
Strike. There will be no more peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for students in Alexandria Virginia.
Despite the fact that peanuts have fallen victim to bans before because of the severe allergy threat they pose, no such
consideration governed this newest food prohibition. Instead, paternalists are worried the lunchtime staple will
not measure up to the arbitrary "nutrition" guidelines designed by the Obama administration.
Students learn first-hand about asset forfeitures:
Schools Crack Down on
Cheetos. Teachers across several states are patrolling hallways searching for students in possession of
snack food contraband but there's one hot & spicy treat that is Enemy Number One — Flamin' Hot Cheetos.
"We don't allow candy, and we don't allow Hot Cheetos," Rita Exposito, principal of Jackson Elementary School in Pasadena,
Calif., told the Chicago Tribune. "We don't encourage other chips, but if we see Hot Cheetos, we confiscate
them — sometimes after the child has already eaten most of them."
The food police inhibit freedom of speech:
Bad Rules. Steve Cooksey started a blog
about low-carb nutrition, which included "Dear Abby"-style advice. The state told him that giving such advice without a license
is illegal! Cooksey stopped, but enlisted help from the Institute for Justice, the libertarian public-interest law group.
Together they sued the state for the free-speech violation. Unfortunately, a federal court dismissed the suit, saying that since
the state took no formal action, Cooksey was not harmed. IJ will appeal.
Sues NYC Over Supersized Soda Ban. In September, New York City became the first to approve a ban that
prohibits the sale of sugary drinks over 16 ounces in restaurants, movie theaters, and stadiums. However,
the soda industry is prepared to fight and has filed a lawsuit against the ban. The Board of Health approved
the ban last month, which is set to take effect in March of 2013. The ban does not apply to diet sodas, fruit juices,
dairy drinks, or even alcoholic beverages. Likewise, it does not apply to drinks sold in grocery stores.
School District Bans PTA Ice Cream Sales.
A New Jersey school district has ordered the PTA to stop selling ice cream to students on campus because the longtime fundraising violates state and
federal law. For years the PTA in Parsippany, New Jersey sold ice cream once a week on campuses across the district. The money was used to
fund cultural arts programs and field trips for the students. But earlier this week, the district superintendent sent a letter to the group
informing the parents that those tiny cups of ice cream could no longer be sold on campus.
Mrs. Obama: 'Indian Country'
Fights Obesity by Adding 'Buffalo Meat into School Lunches'. In marking the one year anniversary of Let's Move! in Indian Country, First
Lady Michelle Obama praised the work done by Native American and Alaskan American communities in fighting childhood obestiy by, among other things,
adding "traditional foods like buffalo meat into school lunches." A year ago, Mrs. Obama joined Native American children in the White House
garden to launch Let's Move in Indian Country by planting the "three sisters" — corn, beans and squash.
Gov't Urges Parents to Use School
Lunches As a Model for Family Dinner. Responding to concerns that students are throwing away the healthy food on their cafeteria
trays, the U.S. Department of Agriculture acknowledged that adapting to the changes "may be challenging at first, as students are introduced to
new flavors and foods in the cafeteria."
New York City Hospitals Cracking Down on
Junk Food. In one of his latest health campaigns, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is aiming to banish sugary and fatty foods from both
public and private hospitals.
The Editor asks...
Where does the mayor get the authority to tell people what they are allowed to eat in a private place of business?
Obama's guidelines for feeding your child. More than two years ago Mrs. Obama began her effort to drive Americans to eat
foods she thinks are better for them. In her thinking, the federal government is a force for good in broadly changing the eating
habits of less sophisticated Americans, much as her husband's ObamaCare health plan forces Americans to make healthier insurance choices.
You may recall Mrs. Obama's seminal, if tepidly-received speech to American restaurant operators, urging them to get rid of some of their
tasty, best-selling items in favor of healthier choices, even if they are less popular and less profitable.
Ex-Military Leaders Call Junk
Food "National Security Threat". In a move that will undoubtedly annoy those who feel the Obama administration has become
smothering in its nanny state efforts to control people's diets, ex-military leaders have been enlisted to declare war on junk food by
declaring it a "national security threat."
Nation's children push back
against Michelle Obama-backed school lunch regs. Children and parents across the country are fed up with the restrictive new school meal
regulations implemented by the Department of Agriculture under the "Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010," which has long been touted by first lady
Michelle Obama. The standards — which cap meal calories at 650 for students in kindergarten through fifth grade, at 700 calories
for middle school students and 850 for high school students — also dictate the number of breads, proteins, vegetables and fruits children are
allowed per meal.
McDonald's to start
posting calories on menus and drive-throughs. As diners increasingly demand more healthful dietary options and
nutritional disclosures, the world's largest hamburger chain says it's embracing both transparency and better ingredients.
Starting Monday [9/17/2012], calorie counts will be posted at its more than 14,000 U.S. locations. That means customers will know off
the bat that four pieces of Chicken McNuggets have 190 calories and that a McCafe Iced Mocha has 260.
Michelle Obama Shares Her Supermarket Savvy.
[A]lthough Mrs. Obama's attempts at helping people to eat better and to make healthier food choices seem benign on the surface, it's offensive and condescending for her to
imply — once again — that Americans need her to tell us how to go about feeding ourselves. Supermarket Shopping 101 is just another example, even
though no one asked her to, of Michelle Obama taking it upon herself to coach adults on the proper way she thinks we should live our lives.
Obama Continues to Increase the Government's Role in Parenting. Sasha and Malia apparently aren't enough for Michelle Obama.
She wants to mother our children, too. That's the only conclusion that can be reached when observing the First Lady's campaign to decrease
parents' role in raising their children. Obama's latest method of gaining more control is through school food nutrition standards.
Noting that home-packed lunches aren't up to the First Lady's standards, the government is making school meals free for all, regardless of income,
as part of a four-state pilot program that begins this fall.
Cabbage Sloppy Joes — what a party pooper.
Lady serves 'Cabbage Sloppy Joes' and 'Zucchini Fries' to kids for state dinner. First Lady Michelle Obama served a healthy meal to
kids today, attending the official "Kids' State Dinner." The event was held at the White House to promote the First Lady's "Lets Move"
The Barack Obama Tasting Tour Hits a Bump
in the Road. For the last four years, food has taken center stage in the Obama administration. What to eat, what not to eat, what Michelle is
eating, what Barack is eating, what Michelle thinks Barack should and should not be eating. [...] Whenever they're on the road, the Obamas make it a habit to ask
their 30-vehicle entourage to veer off-course to stop for fresh baked pies and homemade chocolates. Campaign buses have come to a screeching halt for pork
chops, beer, hamburgers, Happy Hour, and Skyline Chili. Suffice it to say that for the last four years, every step along the way, food has been a faithful
companion to the perpetually hungry Mr. and Mrs. Obama.
School Bans Coca-Cola at Football Games.
The Portland Public School system will no longer allow soft drinks to be sold on school property — including at high school football games. School
officials are also banning the sale of gridiron staples like buttered popcorn and potato chips.
Sox Fan Obama Plugs Visit to Wrigley
Field — for the Food. Don't tell Michelle. Or his beloved baseball team, the Chicago White Sox. President Obama's advice
to visitors of the Windy City is a trip to Wrigley Field, home of the Cubs, and a tasting tour of some of the city's famous — though not entirely
healthy — eats. "First of all, there's a great place on the west side called Macarthur's. It's sort of a family restaurant. You
name it, you got it: fried chicken, greens, cornbread, black eyed peas, and three different kinds of hot sauce sitting on the table. So you can't
go wrong there.
Without Michelle, Obama gorges like
Clinton. He hasn't made an appearance at McDonald's yet, but President Obama is doing his best Bill Clinton impression on the
campaign trail — at least when it comes to gorging on every plate of chops and Solo Cups of beer put in front of him.
Campaigning without his wife through Iowa this week, Obama diverted his bus several times to restaurants, diners and snack stores in an
uncharacteristic manner for the calorie-conscious president whose diet back home is governed by his low-fat demanding wife and organic
focused personal chef Sam Kass.
Lectures Gold Medal Gymnast About Eating One Egg McMuffin. Gymnast Gabby Douglas, as Jay Leno mentions in the following clip, worked her
entire life to become an Olympic gold medalist, but did that stop Michelle Obama from scolding Douglas on national television for eating an Egg McMuffin
to celebrate? (hint: no)
The Editor says...
Liberals hate McDonald's almost as much as they despise Chick-fil-A, because McDonald's represents successful American capitalism.
McDonald's Fights Back Against Food Police First Lady.
Olympic gold medal gymnast Gabby Douglas appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last week, where she told Leno that after winning her medal, she
"splurged on an Egg McMuffin at McDonald's." Unfortunately for Douglas, she was sitting on the same set as Food Police Commissar Michelle Obama, who
quickly chided her for not eating healthy. [...] President Obama and his wife have already made clear their distaste for the business community.
When Did Milk Become Bad for You? [Scroll
down] It was the third ad that really got my goat. Hidden in the corner, the least noticeable sign read: "Let's move milk out of school
lunch." Really? Milk? Arguably one of the best sources of calcium, which, as I've been told since I was old enough to remember, makes bones
strong? When did milk become unhealthy? Rather, when did milk become so bad for you that it should be banned from school lunches and put on the
same level as the hot dog?
Local Government Stupidity Contest. [Scroll
down] Contestant Number Three is the St. Paul School District in Minnesota, which has turned all schools into "sweet-free zones." This ban also
applies to salty foods, however that is defined, and deals "a blow to booster clubs and parent organizations, too, which won't be able to sell hot chocolate,
doughnuts, candy bars and cookies at school events." I actually agree with Michelle Obama that American kids are overweight, but I also know that
government intervention isn't going to solve the problem unless we want a police state that bans video games, TVs, computers, and the other technological
developments that are responsible for sedentary kids.
Bottled Water Going the Way of the 20-ounce Soda.
New York City is raging against salt, large sodas, and baby formula, allegedly for health reasons. San Francisco bans plastic grocery bags (as do many
Eastern LI towns), they regulate Happy Meal toys for sustainability and they have their eye on halting circumcisions because they're crazy. San Francisco
is also the city that wants to install GPS in cars so they can monitor peoples' travel and then tax them for it.
They're Coming for
Our Food, One Food Policy Council at a Time. If you live in a sane place where the local government confines its duties to
schools, public safety, and pothole repair, it's tempting to congratulate yourself when you read about the recent proposals to ban
17-ounce sodas in Cambridge, MA and New York City. Unfortunately, these seemingly isolated efforts are not merely the work of
a few unhinged city councils; the federal government, through ObamaCare and Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign, has been busy
extending its tentacles into municipal and state governments, with the goal of imposing restrictions across the country on
tobacco use and unhealthy eating.
Leftists are not usually concerned about the proper nutrition or
healthy eating habits of their political enemies.
ACLU lawyer wants
Chick-fil-A supporters to gorge on transfats. If you support Chick-fil-A in the face of left-wing nutcase attacks
over the restaurant chain's support of traditional marriage, ACLU of Massachusetts Executive Director Carol Rose has some advice:
"Did you see that politicians Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee are now trying to rally all homophobes to eat at Chick-fil-A? I'm
thrilled. In fact, I encourage all bigots to load up on transfats and carbohydrates. Go ahead — eat
your heart out on the "Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit" breakfast! Mmmm." Presumably, her idea is to trigger heart
More about the left-wing attack
Coke, Pepsi, others
launch assault against NYC beverage ban. A public hearing on New York City's proposed ban on big sugary drinks is a
week away, and soft-drink makers and sellers have deployed a PR and advertising assault to rally opposition. They have much at
stake. There's the potential revenue drop if the 16-ounce cap on bottled drinks and fountain beverages sold at restaurants,
movie theaters, sports venues and street carts is enacted. There's also the concern that other cities might follow suit.
4 Foods the Government Should Ban. New York
Mayor Bloomberg has decided that New Yorkers can't be trusted to have access to soda served in anything larger than a 16 ounce cup. It's
clear that New Yorkers can't be trusted in general, so this ban on soda is not so surprising. The New York City Council is now eyeing popcorn and
coffee drinks for a possible ban, because if you can ban one thing you can ban everything.
Oppostion to NYC soda ban is bubbling up. Confronting a
high-profile attack on its fizzy products, the American soft-drink industry is beginning an aggressive campaign to fight New York City's proposed
restrictions on large sugary drinks. Hoping for a debate about freedom, not fatness, the industry has created a grassroots-style coalition
called New Yorkers for Beverage Choices to coordinate its public relations efforts in the city.
Obama Motorcade Stops at 'World's Largest
Drive-In'. Obama ordered at the counter for himself, adviser Valerie Jarrett, spokesman Jay Carney and others, taking away five chili
dogs, four regular dogs, one cheeseburger and five "Varsity orange" drinks.
group calls on Obama to stop eating junk food in public. A healthcare advocacy group run by physicians is preparing to file a
petition calling on President Obama to stop eating hamburgers, hot dogs and other unhealthy foods before cameras.
Why Obama Eats Junk Food.
If there's a common theme in President Obama's travels around the country it's this: the man eats a lot of junk food. [...] On Tuesday
[6/26/2012], he made an unannounced stop at a fast food joint outside of Atlanta where he ordered five chili dogs, four regular dogs and one
hamburger. Not just for himself but for his staff.
The White House Fast Food Soap Opera.
An odd tale of marital tension may be playing itself out before the nation's eyes, as Michelle Obama devotes herself to cajoling Americans into
eating healthier food and exercising more while her husband eagerly stuffs his face out on the hustings with the junkiest of junk food.
He does it so often that Michelle's allies, The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, have publicly called for President Obama to
stop "eating unhealthy foods like hot dogs or pepperoni pizza that contain processed meat, or cheeseburgers or hamburgers that can contribute
to obesity," in publicity photos.
How the Government plans to use loyalty card data to snoop on the
eating habits of 25 million shoppers.
spies. The shopping habits of Britain's 25 million supermarket loyalty card holders could be grabbed by the Government in an attempt
to halt the UK's dangerous obesity crisis, it was claimed today. People who buy too much alcohol, fatty foods or sugary drinks would be
targeted with 'tailored' health advice under plans being considered by the Coalition. With more children than ever dangerously overweight,
parents could also be contacted if their bills show they are not giving their offspring a balanced diet from their weekly shop.
about Supermarket Discount Cards.
Dislike soda bans? Then restore the Constitution.
The debates surrounding this question, and other constitutional issues like executive privileges and orders, are instructive. Not only have
Americans learned more about the Constitution, we've discovered that many lawmakers neither understand nor respect the document they're sworn to
uphold. Even worse, we have leaders intent on fundamentally transforming the relationship between the citizen and government in a manner the
Constitution doesn't allow. By allowing these politicians to create and impose solutions better left to sovereign states and individuals, we
permit their government-driven agenda to trump our liberties and their Leviathan government to limit our choices and make our decisions.
This is not the fulfillment of our Founder's dream — it's their nightmare.
The 5th Avenue to Serfdom.
Mike Bloomberg's move to regulate the size of sodas sold in his city illustrates why it's a good thing he is a mayor of New
York and not the czar of all the Russias. American big cities tend to be one-party states to begin with, but at least their
totalitarian impulses end up being merely cute because they're so easy to evade. Under the Bloomberg plan, any cup or
bottle of sugary drink larger than 16 ounces at a public venue would be verboten, beginning early next year.
LA City Council Considers Banning Park and
Library Soda Machines. A Los Angeles City Councilman is pushing for a motion that would ban sale of soda from city park and library
vending machines. The Councilman, Mitchell Englander, said that he decided that the ban was a fantastic idea after his daughter had no options
other than soda at the park.
The Editor says...
Awwww... It's for the children. Who could possibly oppose the idea now?
Michelle Obama's Food
Desert Myth. It may be a peculiar manifestation of American exceptionalism, but the United States has the distinction of
being a nation that actually has fat poor people. This doesn't sit well with those who want to grow government faster than
waistlines, and thus do we have Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign, designed to fight obesity by eliminating "food deserts."
No, that isn't supposed to be "desserts'; although the health Nazis aim to eliminate those, too. It is "food desert," which, we hear,
is a poor area "underserved" by food suppliers, creating a situation wherein its denizens are relegated to a hell of fatty fast food
offerings. And, you guessed it, Michelle wants to use our tax money to remedy this problem. Only, it appears it's a cure
in search of a disease.
It's Official: New
Yorkers Are Slaves of the State. New York City monarch Michael Bloomberg will propose a ban on the sale,
by certain vendors, of large sugary sodas. This, of course, is done in the name of "public health" and "fighting"
the "epidemic of obesity." Following the nanny-state tradition of declaring war on inanimate or abstract things,
Bloomberg has already launched blitzkriegs on cigarettes, salt, and trans fats, and even proposed to limit alcohol sales
in the city — all in the name of protecting people from themselves.
Mayor Proposes Ban on Super-Sized Sugar Drinks. New York City continues to inch its way toward Nanny State
with Mayor Michael Bloomberg leading the charge. The latest effort from the Bloomberg administration involves outlawing
super-sized sodas and other sugary drinks. Mayor Bloomberg has banned the sale of all drinks over 16 ounces at
venues across the city of New York, including movie theaters and street carts. The ban does not apply to diet sodas,
fruit juices, dairy drinks, or even alcoholic beverages. Likewise, it does not apply to drinks sold in grocery stores.
The Editor says...
One easy way around this law comes to mind: Open a little "convenience store" inside every movie theater.
With crime tamed, New
York Mayor Bloomberg now turns to soda pop. With crime eradicated and every New Yorker fully employed, the three-term
gazillionaire city executive has been focusing recently on government-enforced health edicts to help his taxpayers live longer.
Bloomberg's fought salty foods and bad fats. He's cracking down on pedestrians texting. Now comes soda pop containing sugar.
sale ban in Massachusetts sparks outcries over 'food police'. A bake-sale ban in Massachusetts schools, designed
to combat youth obesity, has spawned a sort of nationwide food fight. The crackdown on cookies is being met with a
widespread criticism from bloggers, parents, and students who see it as a case of government gone too far. Turning
brownies into contraband, they say, is the latest sign of a burgeoning "nanny state" that doesn't know its proper limits.
The Coming Food Police.
The Massachusetts legislature and its Department of Public Health recently set off a national furor over a proposed statewide
ban on bake sales at school events under the guise of fighting obesity. [...] Just as Romneycare in Massachusetts was the
precursor to ObamaCare nationally, so the proposed statewide ban on bake sales and control of the population's food is a
precursor of what will happen nationally. Massachusetts isn't alone. Bloomberg Businessweek reported May 3, "Schools
in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, and Texas have regulations aimed at limiting bake
sales to nutritious food." And nobody stopped food control in those states.
Armed environmental police shut down ice cream stand.
Armed environmental police officers shut down a popular long-running ice cream stand in Massachusetts over the weekend and stood guard to make sure potential customers
were turned away. The officers claimed that the operator had failed to secure construction permits to make improvements to the stand. But operator Mark
Duffy, who has leased the property from the state for 26 years, says that he has never been required to get permits to make improvements.
Davis High fined for soda sales violation. Davis
High School has been fined $15,000 after they were caught selling soda pop during lunch hour, which is a violation of federal law. [...] "Before lunch you can come and
buy a carbonated beverage. You can take it into the cafeteria and eat your lunch, but you can't first go buy school lunch then come out in the hallway and buy a
drink," said Davis High Principal Dee Burton.
The Editor says...
From this experience the students will learn about hair-splitting big-government legalism and litle else.
School fined $15K for selling soda.
The $15K to pay the fine will come from funds normally used for the school's music program, art department and sports. That should make
for some better, more well rounded students, eh?
Utah School Fined $15,862 for Accidentally Selling Soda at Lunch.
In order to remain eligible for federal subsidies for school lunches, officials at Davis High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, knew they weren't allowed to have active
vending machines selling soda and candy in the school lunchroom during the 47-minute lunch period. But rules designed to keep kids from washing down their
lunches with something fizzy can be tricky. That lesson was driven home when the state Office of Education's Child Nutrition Program hit the school with a
$15,862 fine — 75 cents per violation over the period of many months that it turns out students had been illicitly selling soda in the school store.
No Soda for You! A little on the Draconian side, wouldn't you think?
This is yet another entry in a growing compendium of similar events across the country in America's public schools. [...] No school monies are given by
Washington without severe conditions. The $15,000 fine on Davis High School is but an example of a national government that will dictate terms of
operation to any and all who accept the money.
House overturns school bake sale ban.
State lawmakers overturned a controversial ban on school bake sales this afternoon after a fierce public outcry over school nutrition guidelines that also
prohibited pizza, white bread and 2 percent milk. "That is the stupidest thing I've seen in my career," state Rep. Cory Atkins (D-Concord), moments
after the House unanimously voted to ease the statewide cupcake crackdown. "Talk about hitting the nerve of government reaching far into people's lives."
Massachusetts, cradle of the Revolution,
to ban school bake sales. There's nothing an obesity epidemic needs except parents who order their kids away from the computer and video games and out
into the fresh air. [...] And there is nothing wrong with school districts buying healthy food and preventing vendors from stocking junk — in theory.
In practice, kids will bring junk food to lunch anyway. But exerting this kind of control over kids who might occassionally munch on a cookie or cupcake is
loony. It is nanny statism run wild and if I were a parent in the Bay State, I would be outraged at the interference.
Parents: Rule's Half-Baked. Bake sales, the calorie-laden
standby cash-strapped classrooms, PTAs and booster clubs rely on, will be outlawed from public schools as of Aug. 1 as part of new no-nonsense nutrition
standards, forcing fundraisers back to the blackboard to cook up alternative ways to raise money for kids. At a minimum, the nosh clampdown targets
so-called "competitive" foods — those sold or served during the school day in hallways, cafeterias, stores and vending machines outside the regular
lunch program, including bake sales, holiday parties and treats dished out to reward academic achievement. But state officials are pushing schools to
expand the ban 24/7 to include evening, weekend and community events such as banquets, door-to-door candy sales and football games.
The Editor says...
I had to look up "nosh". It is a light meal or a snack.
The Assault on Food. Instinct tells us to fear
poison. If our ancestors were not cautious about what they put in their mouths, they would not have survived long enough
to produce us. Unfortunately, a side effect of that cautious impulse is that whenever someone claims that some
chemical — or food ingredient, like fat — is a menace, we are primed to believe it. That
makes it easy for government to leap in and play the role of protector.
State Threatens to Shut Down Nutrition Blogger.
The North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition is threatening to send a blogger to jail for recounting publicly his battle against diabetes and
encouraging others to follow his lifestyle. Chapter 90, Article 25 of the North Carolina General Statutes makes it a misdemeanor to
"practice dietetics or nutrition" without a license. According to the law, "practicing" nutrition includes "assessing the nutritional needs of
individuals and groups" and "providing nutrition counseling."
The Editor says...
I recall hearing the Lucky Charms Leprechaun, many years ago, stating that his cereal was "part of a balanced breakfast." Was he
"providing nutrition counseling" without a license?
Obama's "Food Deserts," Aren't Actually Food Deserts. As part of her big-brother-knows-best
"Let's Move!" campaign to combat childhood obesity, Michelle Obama has been arguing that certain inner-city
urban neighborhoods and rural communities are "food deserts," where it's difficult for residents to find access
to fresh, healthy, and nutritious food. Mrs. Obama's solution is for the federal government to funnel public
money (or, as her esteemed husband might faultily term it, "make an investment") into bringing healthy food
retailers into these neighborhoods. [...] If there really isn't any fresh, healthy food to be had in these
communities, it's for one reason and one reason only: there's no market for them.
Once Needed 'to Take a Subway or a Bus Just to Find a Fresh Piece of Fruit'. Barack Obama's
vision as president is shaped by the fact that he knows what "it's like to take a subway or a bus just to find
a fresh piece of fruit in a grocery store," Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan said last week.
Donovan seemed to be suggesting that the president had once lived in what First Lady Michelle Obama now refers to
as a "food desert" — a place without a nearby supermarket. The First Lady has launched an
initiative to eliminate these places.
The Editor says...
If you believe this Obama anecdote has any basis in actual events, you are wasting your time on this web site.
One would have to be extremely gullible in order to believe that Barack H. Obama once boarded "a subway or a bus"
(apparently he can't remember which), in search of "a fresh piece of fruit" of no specific kind. When was the
last time you hopped on a bus to go to a grocery store? When was the last time you made the trip to your neighborhood
grocery store for one piece of fruit? What variety of fruit induces such urgency in its consumers? I am
completely confident that Barack H. Obama has never made such a journey, and the story is a shameless fabrication.
Obama Lie Debunked by ... The New York Times! Michelle Obama, the nations pre-eminent childhood nutritionist,
has been arguing that much of the childhood obesity problem is due to the fact that too many urban children live in food
deserts, lacking access to fresh fruits and vegetables, etc. But, as the New York Times Gina Kolata reports
today [4/18/2012], it isnt true.
Lawsuit that sought to ban toys
with Happy Meals is tossed out. McDonald's Corp.can keep including toys in Happy Meals in most parts of California
after a San Francisco judge threw out a proposed class-action lawsuit seeking to ban the practice in the state.
Bans Home-Cooked Meals for the Homeless. Hey homeless people, no soup for you. So says New York City Mayor
Michael Bloomberg, who has banned private food contributions to homeless shelters because he's afraid they won't meet his
exacting nutritional standards.
No Kugel for you!
The Bloomberg administration is now taking the term "food police" to new depths, blocking food donations to all
government-run facilities that serve the city's homeless.
New York's Bloomberg
Says Let The Homeless Eat Nothing. It seemed impossible, but New York's Big Brother Bloomberg has outdone his smoking
and trans-fat bans. He is ordering homeless shelters to refuse donated food that isn't nutritionally "assessed."
of low food expectations. The "obesity epidemic" is often used to justify myriad new regulations
targeting certain types of food and restaurants. Yet these regulatory efforts really have less to do with making
people healthy than increasing government control over how private businesses run their companies and how citizens
run their private lives. In the war on obesity, fast food restaurants have absorbed most of the attacks.
'Let's Move;' Sebelius: No, Let's Not. Challenged by Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) regarding
the administration's definition of a "food desert" (being a mile away from a grocery store), HHS Secretary
Kathleen Sebelius told a House hearing last week: "Well, I think it's very difficult for a family
buying groceries ... if they have to walk a mile with bags of groceries, it may be too far to get healthier
food." "You really think that?" Rep. Kingston asked. "I do," Sebelius replied. But,
according to First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign, both kids and adults are supposed to
walk several times that far — every day.
Laying the Groundwork for Nationalizing Food. Barack
Hussein Obama needs to be reelected because his work is not done. No socialist has finished the job until he has
removed guns from private hands and seized control of the food supply. At least Obama has been laying the
groundwork. ... According to liberal ideology, the fictional childhood obesity crisis is exacerbated by oppressed
minorities having to travel more than a mile to get to a large grocery store. As a result, they are forced
to spend their welfare checks on Twinkies at the nearest 7-11.
The Editor says...
What's so magical about one mile? Lots of people live more than a mile from their nearest neighbor,
intentionally, and many more live more than a mile from the nearest retail store. So what?
"Food Justice" Has Arrived.
There is nothing in the world that prevents any American, rich or poor, from purchasing fresh ingredients in
order to prepare wholesome foods. Nobody twists their arms to buy potato chips, beer, candy, and boxed
meals that are not as healthy as meals prepared at home. The average American household spends 15 percent
of their income on food, one of the lowest percentages in the developed world.
How Michelle Obama is fighting to make excessive
chocolate consumption legal but rare — and giving Big Candy a boost in the process.
Say Goodbye to the King-Sized Snickers
Bar. In 1998, a Colorado handyman was snowmobiling in the mountains outside of Steamboat Springs when he got swept up in
an avalanche that buried his vehicle and left him stranded in a blizzard. Provisioned with nothing more than two butane lighters
and a Snickers bar, the man endured 40 mph winds and near-zero temperatures for five days and four nights as rescue teams struggled
to locate him. Luckily, the Snickers bar he'd carried was the king-sized version. Every one of its 510 calories helped
him persevere through the course of his ordeal. In the future, anyone caught in similar circumstances better hope for a faster
search and rescue team.
Governors Gorge on 2,000 Calorie Dinner. The White House Sunday [2/26/2012] epically failed to
practice what its first lady preaches, serving the nation's governors a more than 2,000 calorie dinner even
as Michelle Obama traverses the country promoting health eating.
Stepchildren: The Food Police. The impulse to tell people how they should live and what they
should do is implicit in the ideology that gave birth to Obamacare. If some influential people have their
way, Washington's power to impose its will may be extended into other spheres that were heretofore considered
so far out of the government's purview as to have been considered laughable. But as New York Times Magazine
food columnist Mark Bittman wrote yesterday [2/26/2012], the day may be fast approaching when government bureaucrats
will be telling some, if not all citizens, what foods they may or may not eat.
Observe carefully, for this is what tyranny looks like in its early stages:
Preschooler's Homemade Lunch
Replaced with Cafeteria "Nuggets". A preschooler at West Hoke Elementary School ate three chicken
nuggets for lunch Jan. 30 because a state employee told her the lunch her mother packed was not nutritious.
The girl's turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips, and apple juice did not meet U.S. Department of
Agriculture guidelines, according to the interpretation of the agent who was inspecting all lunch boxes
in her ["]More at Four["] classroom that day. The Division of Child Development and Early Education at the
Department of Health and Human Services requires all lunches served in pre-kindergarten programs — including
in-home day care centers — to meet USDA guidelines ... even if the lunches are brought from home.
The Food Police. In Hoke County,
North Carolina, a four-year-old girl brought her homemade lunch to school. It contained a turkey and cheese
sandwich, apple juice, potato chips, and a banana. ... A state inspector pounced on the lunch as though he'd
found a loose land mine in the pre-school. He decided that the lunch didn't contain all the relevant
parts of the complete meal, and that the girl needed a full school lunch tray, including chicken nuggets, a
fruit and a vegetable, and milk. The girl, being a non-statist, peacefully resisted the vegetable, and
downed the chicken nuggets. The mother was outraged, as well she should be.
about this case can be found here.
Any Mother Knows Better Than Michelle.
Children are governed not by agents of the USDA but in the trusting knowledge of their mothers' abiding love in
words that show up unexpressed in a mother's lovingly packed school lunch. Until the debut of Mrs. Barack
Obama trying to make her mark in the world, the love of mothers for their children, school lunches packed with
things they know their children will eat, were things assumed not government legislated.
School Lunches and Tyranny. It is no business
of the State to inspect children's lunches, brought from home, under the pretense of nutritional improvement. The State is not the
arbiter of what children may or may not eat. If a parent wants to send her child to school with a squirrel sandwich, that's none of the
State's concern whatsoever.
Debunk Food Pyramid They Pushed for Two Decades. President Obama says we should allow the federal
government to take charge of our healthcare; as usual, the "experts" are best positioned to instruct us how to
live our lives. Except they're not.
Warming — Now Global Sweetening! President Obama's fellow travelers within the progressive movement
have decided that they have to find a new excuse for imposing government controls since climate change (née
global warming) failed to achieve their overarching goal of controlling the car you drive; the fuel you're allowed
to use; the type of light bulb you are allowed to use; and, after they get the "smart grid" in place, how warm you'll
be allowed to keep your home. Apparently, three researchers from the University of California San Francisco
(UCSF) have decided that sugar must be regulated in the same way in which tobacco and alcohol are regulated.
War on Salt Heats Up. Salt is not only the world's most popular
seasoning, but an essential nutrient. If experience is any guide, the mostly voluntary measures to stop us from
consuming it will soon give way to more coercive tactics. Now might be a good time to start stocking up, unless
you want to pay black market prices for something you literally cannot live without.
Gestapo Seek A Bureau Of Alcohol, Tobacco, Sugar. The food police who've targeted everything from
salt to Happy Meals now set their sights on regulating sugar as a controlled substance to fight obesity.
The fat we should fear most, though, is overweight government.
Race for the Smear.
'Politics have no place in health care," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a statement Thursday [2/2/2012]. That
pronouncement may strike New Yorkers, who've spent a decade complying with Mr. Bloomberg's nanny-state mandates on
smoking and trans-fats, as ironic. Most recently, his administration has come under fire for using fake photos
of diabetic amputees in subway ads about the dangers of sweetened beverages.
NYC 'food police' caught in an ad
lie. A fear-inducing advertisement, posted around New York City, warning that too much sugary soda will
give you diabetes and cause you to lose limbs has come under scrutiny because the amputee in the poster lost his leg due
to Photoshop, not diabetes.
Junk Food at School Isn't Making Kids Fat. Junk food in middle school does not lead to weight gain
in children. A study followed nearly 20,000 students from kindergarten through the eighth grade in 1,000 public
and private schools. The researchers examined the children's weight and found that in the eighth grade,
35.5 percent of kids in schools with junk food were overweight while 34.8 percent of those in schools
without it were overweight — a statistically insignificant increase. In other words, kids with
access to junk food at school were no heavier than those without.
Junk food doesn't cause obesity in middle schools. A new study of nearly 20,000 middle schoolers has
found that kids who attend schools that sell junk food such as soda and doughnuts do not gain more weight than
students who attend schools where that type of food isn't available. The study, published in this month's
issue of Sociology of Education, contradicts earlier research with smaller sample sizes that showed the
availability of junk food correlated with rates of childhood obesity.
lesson in combating invasive government. Ronald found a clever way to protect McDonald's from
the tyrannical urges of the well meaning but misguided San Francisco Board of Supervisors' so-called Healthy
Food Incentive Ordinance. The clown's answer to banning children's meal toy giveaways? Sidestep the
law completely and sell the toy for the insignificant sum of ten cents as opposed to merely giving it away with
the meal. While this may simply seem like smart business, with the added pleasure of thumbing your nose at
hyperactive government busybodies to make them froth with impotent rage, it also offers a sterling example to
Federal Effort to
Commandeer the Nation's Salt Shakers Is Based on Bad Science. Salt has always been prized as a
culinary marvel — perking up flavors, masking bitter elements and preventing spoilage. Soup
without salt is excellent for nourishing your garden, but unfit to eat. Any number of dishes taste better
with a dash or two. But many experts and public health organizations see salt as a killer, which in excess
amounts causes high blood pressure and heart disease. They think we would all be better off eating less,
and they want the government to make sure we do.
Casualties of the Government's War on Obesity. In recent years, medical science has reinforced
the social stigmas that have been associated with being fat. It is now accepted far and wide that fat
people are a menace to their own personal health, and to the American progressive, they are a menace to society
as they seek to communalize health care delivery in this country. So progressives unconsciously offer
their socialistic panacea. They advise that the government be given control to influence individual
choice in order to quell the obesity "epidemic" via specified taxation upon unhealthy foods, while subsidizing
healthy foods, health education, and fitness programs. That may be all well and good to ensure that adults
begin altering their lifestyles to reflect the state's health standards, but children are another story.
Obama Preaches Against Childhood Obesity, Then Gives Kids M&Ms. First Lady Michelle Obama brought
her "Let's Move!" campaign to the 2011 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit meeting in Hawaii. ... Following
her discussion on ending childhood obesity, the Obamafoodorama Blog reported that the young farmers were presented
boxes of President M&Ms.
At Let's Move!
Event, Michelle Obama Presents Gifts Of White House M&Ms. On Saturday [11/12/2011] in Hawaii,
during a visit to MA'O Organic Farms, First Lady Michelle Obama held a roundtable discussion on the importance
of healthy eating and organic farming for her Let's Move! campaign to end childhood obesity. After, Mrs.
Obama presented the student interns who run the farm with a special gift: Presidential M&Ms.
Mrs. Obama: Let Them
Eat Steak — And Arugula. Visiting an organic farm in Hawaii on Saturday [11/12/2011],
First Lady Michelle Obama said that "arugula and steak" was her "favorite" meal and expressed her view that
American children need to "get their palates adjusted" so they will begin eating properly. Mrs. Obama
also said that children in "underserved communities" become obese because they "aren't growing up with vegetables
because there are no grocery stores."
The Editor says...
If there is a neighborhood without a single grocery store, it is probably because the grocery stores
have been driven away by violent crime. People don't become obese due to a lack of food.
Curtains for Cap'n Crunch.
Say goodbye to Tony the Tiger and the Jolly Green Giant. Consumer mafia groups want cartoons, images and
even celebrities that might appeal to children banned from food advertising -- even if the ads are actually aimed
at parents. The advertising censors insist children need to be protected from the food industry because
parents aren't up to the task.
Don't Let Obama Kill "Tony the Tiger".
The Obama administration overstepped its bounds by telling the food and beverage industry to completely revamp
recipes to eliminate certain amounts of sugar, salt and fat, or quit advertising their products to kids, say
Capitol Hill lawmakers. "This appears to be a first step toward Uncle Sam planning our family meals," said
Rep. Fred Upton (R.-Mich.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
First Cigarettes, Now Bacon-and-Eggs.
First they came for the cigarettes, ... and now they're coming for the butter. Denmark, on October 1,
put a $1.29 per pound tax on all foods that hit 2.3 percent in saturated fats. That's on top of a 25 percent
surcharge imposed last year by Denmark's food police on all ice cream, candy, sugar, soft drinks and chocolate.
Enacts World's First "Fat Tax". The people of Scandinavia have historically been among the healthiest
in the world. Their diet includes a great deal of fish, which is good for the cardiovascular system and high
in proteins. An outdoor life is also popular in northern Europe, and a disproportionate number of famous
explorers come from this region. There are some serious health problems among these people —
alcoholism is high — but by and large, the Scandinavians live long and healthy lives. Now the
government of Denmark has decided that some food choices made by Danes are bad for their health and, consequently,
fair game in this socialist-leaning nation.
of Pennsylvania Avenue. She has to my knowledge never once held a position for which she was not
well-compensated. At the moment — at who knows whose cost — exercise coaches are
reportedly flown in regularly from Chicago for her, she enjoys the most lavish meals, and (presumably using
the Obamas' vast fortune) splurges on very expensive baubles and gowns and even extravagantly priced tennis
shoes. The capper was this week when Paula Deen and Marian Burros revealed the extent to which the woman who
hawks White House grown kale and yams and who has demanded schools and restaurants change their menus, overriding
parental and kids' preferences for what she demands — healthier nourishment — actually
stuffs her own self with unhealthy food. Often.
The 'Hunger' Hoax.
Ironically, the one demonstrable nutritional difference between the poor and others is that low-income women
tend to be overweight more often than others. That may not seem like much to make a political issue, but
politicians and the media have created hysteria over less. The political left has turned obesity among
low-income individuals into an argument that low-income people cannot afford nutritious food, and so have to
resort to burgers and fries, pizzas and the like, which are more fattening and less healthful. But this
attempt to salvage something from the "hunger in America" hoax collapses like a house of cards when you stop
and think about it.
Mayor Bloomberg: 'Government's Highest Duty' Is to Push 'Healthy' Foods. During a United Nations
General Assembly summit on non-communicable diseases — a discussion that included diet and eating
habits — New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said "governments at all levels must make healthy
solutions the default social option."
Food Totalitarians on
Parade. New York Times food writer Mark Bittman provides the latest in we-know-what's-best-for-you
babble. In a Times op-ed, Bittman complains, "WHAT will it take to get Americans to change our eating
habits?" The question itself makes a fundamentally flawed assumption and exhibits arrogance. Why
is it anyone's job to "get Americans to change [their] eating habits?"
Totalitarians on Parade - Part Deux. Federal food totalitarians are ignoring the actual causes of
childhood obesity. Unscrupulous advertising doesn't even make the long list of cause candidates.
Besides hardwired eating urges, there is also at least one strong contributing factor to childhood obesity:
cops have sour prescription for our diets. There are two things that will make finger-wagging
food cops go ballistic: sugar and salt. ... In May, research published in the Journal of the American Medical
Association reported that, among 3,700 subjects studied over time, the cardiovascular death rate was highest
among those who ate less salt. And in July, a review determined that even a 50 percent salt reduction
is not associated with a significant decrease in heart disease.
Fries Equal Only 1.5% to 3% of Kids' Calorie Intake. Depending on the gender and age of the child,
French fries make up only between 1.5 percent to 3.07 percent of the daily calories typically
consumed by an American child, according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey conducted by
the federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Durbin's Bill Is Dietary Paternalism.
"You can't have that. It's not good for you." We've all heard parents say that to their children
at the grocery store checkout line countless times. While it may be appropriate for a mother to
say to her 10-year-old, it's simply the wrong way to treat adults. Yet that would be the effect
of new restrictions on dietary supplements proposed by Sen. Richard Durbin (D.-Ill.).
Fries with that? Now you'll need parents' permission. Not
content with going after the nation's children, its grocery stores, the food pyramid and McDonalds, Michelle
Obama is now going after the country's most beloved restaurant chains Olive Garden, Red Lobster and its sister
restaurants have pledged to serve healthier meals by cutting calories and sodium in its meals by
20 percent over a decade.
Michelle the Menu
Micromanager. Even though Michelle tends to unabashedly frequent establishments that serve
high-end, calorie-rich cuisine, she has nonetheless anointed herself the maven and monitor of healthful
eating. ... Thanks to Mrs. Obama, who allows her two girls to eat fried shrimp baskets and hot fudge sundaes on
vacation, America's children will find that when it's treat time for them, "French fries and sugar-sweetened
beverages will become the exception and not the rule."
My Appetite for Olive Garden. Looks like I won't be eating at Olive Garden
anymore. In addition I won't be eating at Red Lobster, LongHorn Steakhouse, The Capital
Grille, Bahama Breeze or Seasons 52, all Darden Restaurants. ... On September 15, 2011
Darden Restaurants decided to collaborate with Michelle Obama's childhood anti-obesity campaign.
Michelle the Menu
Micromanager. Even though Michelle tends to unabashedly frequent establishments that serve
high-end, calorie-rich cuisine, she has nonetheless anointed herself the maven and monitor of healthful
eating. Thus, the first lady's obvious double standard has delivered yet another initiative whose
success is measured by the level of Obama hypocrisy it manages to expose. When Michelle goes on
vacation — which, by the way, is quite frequently — she justifies indulging in whatever
she happens to crave.
Food Regulators Out of Control.
Four federal agencies known as the Interagency Working Group (IWG) have delivered a plan to drastically censor
food advertisers with products deemed to be "too high" in sodium, sugar, or fat that cater to any viewing
audience between the ages of two and 11.
Are We Fat Or
Are We Starving? Are you as confused as I am? I've been watching public service ads (PSA)
with actor Ben Affleck, Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon all informing us that more than 50 million Americans
live in hunger according to U.S. Department of Agriculture reports. At the same time our First Lady
Michele Obama has chosen our national obesity problem as one of her signature issues, so which is it?
hasn't the faintest clue how much you should weigh. Would Americans truly be better off
if they slimmed down? Does government really know how much people should weigh?
Michelle Obama Trying to Kill Me? One person's apples are another's poison. Are
regulators and perhaps Michelle Obama trying to kill me with their "good intentions"?
Top 10 Most Egregious Government Regulations.
[#6] Food crackdown: Federal regulators are tightening regulations on food manufacturers in order
to combat childhood obesity. But as usual, the regulators are going overboard, cracking down on breakfast
cereal, Girl Scout cookies, and all kinds of snack foods, including nuts, bagels and fruit juice. According to
Human Events' Audrey Hudson, the food industry says the government is imposing "multibillions of dollars" of
changes, with no evidence it will do anything to help kids stay healthy.
I Don't Care If You're Fat.
I don't care if you're fat. I don't care if your kids are fat. It's none of my business. If you
want to lose some weight, be my guest. Or, like Michelle Obama, if you just want to have a juicy hamburger,
some fries, and a chocolate shake, that's fine, too. ... I don't care. It is none of my business if you're
fat. It is surely not the government's business if you're fat.
ABC: How dare you criticize Mrs. Obama!
I passed on this story and really, I do not care what Mrs. Obama eats. Sure, she is lecturing the rest of us on
obesity while wolfing down a bunch of garbage food. If I criticized every liberal for every hypocrisy, I'd have
to write 100 posts a day.
Lady spotted consuming '1,700 calorie' Shake Shack meal. Her 'Let's Move' healthy diet campaign
seemingly forgotten, Michelle Obama was spotted chowing down a 1,700-calorie strong meal from Shake Shack.
Mrs Obama reportedly ordered a ShackBurger, fries, chocolate shake AND Diet Coke at the newly opened branch of
the fast food chain in Washington, the Washington Post reported.
Obama orders 1,700-calorie meal at Shake Shack. First lady Michelle Obama ordered a whopper of a
meal at the newly opened Washington diner Shake Shack during lunch on Monday [7/11/2011]. A Washington
Post journalist on the scene confirmed the first lady, who's made a cause out of child nutrition, ordered a
ShackBurger, fries, chocolate shake and a Diet Coke while the street and sidewalk in front of the usually-packed
Shake Shack were closed by security during her visit.
Obama deserved a grilling on her burger choice. A health-conscious Michelle Obama scarfing
down a "burger, fries, a chocolate shake and a Diet Coke," at a greasy hamburger joint? The irony was
as thick as mayo. And for critics, it should have been faster to heat up than Easy Mac.
A beef with the
food police. Trust me, if charred meat were a carcinogen, I'd have died 40 years ago.
Back in the day, and I'm talking about the glorious '70s, we used to char everything — marshmallows,
hot dogs, steaks, chicken. It's how you knew it was done. At a recent beach outing, some of the
mothers wouldn't let the kids eat charred marshmallows.
study shows lowering salt intake doesn't help. Say it loud, say it proud: please pass the
salt. All those people hectoring me all those years to cut back on salt have been pushing phony
advice, according to a major new study.
Meet Your 'Choice
Architect'. I find it almost inconceivable that there are those who desire to control whether
I choose to have a Big Mac™ or an apple for lunch by "nudging" me in the "right" direction —
for my own good of course. It is actually quite brilliant, in a devious sort of way.
Big Mac is a registered trademark of the McDonald's
Corporation. So is twoallbeefpattiesspecialsaucelettucecheesepicklesoniononasesameseedbun™.
FTC Defends Proposed
Child Food Marketing Rules. The Federal Trade Commission is defending its proposals to change
food and beverage marketing to children ages 2-17, which industry and legal critics say would lead to the
end of iconic commercial characters such Tony the Tiger and Toucan Sam and create free speech issues.
Obama tucks in to fat cakes and French fries on trip to Botswana. She has been widely
outspoken about the perils of children eating too much fatty food with her campaign for better nutrition.
So perhaps Michelle Obama should have thought twice before posing enthusiastically for her latest photo
opportunity in Botswana.
A new Michelle emerges in Africa.
As First Lady, Obama sets herself up as a nutrition expert, an all-out effort to end Childhood Obesity her main
legacy. In Cape Town, a more playful Obama got off a laugh line in a reluctant admission how she can't
pass on the French fries. In response to a soft question Obama mentioned she included among her favourite
food, Indian food and then Mexican food, and then said: "No, if I picked one favorite, favorite food, it's
French fries." The audience began to laugh. "Okay? It's French fries," Obama continued.
"I can't stop eating them."
Obama's Food Police in Staggering Crackdown on
Market to Kids. Tony the Tiger, some NASCAR drivers and cookie-selling Girl Scouts will be out
of a job unless grocery manufacturers agree to reinvent a vast array of their products to satisfy the Obama
administration's food police. Either retool the recipes to contain certain levels of sugar, sodium and
fats, or no more advertising and marketing to tots and teenagers, say several federal regulatory agencies.
The same goes for restaurants.
Immediately the backpedaling begins.
White House Insists Campaign Against Children's
Cereal Is Voluntary. After spelling out the latest government offensive against cigarettes ... two
top administration officials backed off from suggestions that the same heavy hand of government would be
applied to makers of cereals, chocolate bars and other foods favored by children.
food regulations? The federal government has a growing interest in the eating habits of Americans
for the same reason it has an interest in tobacco consumption, said Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of the
Department of Health and Human Services. The reason is money, because three-quarters of medical-spending
is driven by chronic diseases, such as obesity and tobacco-related diseases, she said.
Obama's Food Police Crack Down
on Tony the Tiger. The Obama administration knows what's good for your kids, which is why the
regulatory power of the federal government is being employed to protect your kids from the evils of cartoon
characters selling Frosted Flakes.
The Obama Regime's
Crackdown on Food. In the name of childhood obesity hysteria, the Obama Regime is tightening
its control of what we eat. ... Presumably the authorities will still let kids eat Frosted Flakes, so long
as they are made out of bean curd and arugula. Like literally everything imposed by the Obama Regime,
this will have a broad negative effect on employment.
A few weeks later...
Food Companies Offer
Voluntary Limits on Advertising to Kids. The nation's largest food companies say they will cut
back on marketing unhealthier foods to children, proposing their own set of advertising standards after
rejecting similar guidelines proposed by the federal government.
venders rip Bloomberg's "healthier beverage" vision. Mayor Bloomberg's grand vision
to improve New Yorkers' health by severely limiting the sale of high-calorie beverages on city property is
bad news for the little guy, say blind vendors who operate stands in city-owned buildings. The
vendors were notified Monday [6/6/2011] that they can dedicate just two slots in their beverage machines
for high-calorie drinks such as soda, iced tea, juice and Gatorade — and the buttons must be
"in the position of the lowest-selling potential," according to the new regulations.
Administration getting ready to ditch the Food Pyramid. The Obama Administration is getting ready
to ditch the Food Pyramid, a symbol of healthy eating for the last two decades. In its place, officials
are "dishing up" a simple, plate-shaped symbol, sliced into wedges for basic food groups and half-filled with
fruits and vegetables.
wolfs down two chili dogs and fries. When his wife unveiled the USDA's new nutritional
plate yesterday, there definitely wasn't a space for chili dogs. But that didn't stop Barack Obama
wolfing down two in Toledo today - with fries and an extra bowl of chili on the side.
Obama whips out massive
wad of cash to pay for sausages at deli. After his visit to Usinger's Famous Sausage, the President was given a bratwurst hot dog in a pretzel
roll with spicy mustard by a local deli worker. The commander-in-chief appeared to enjoy his meaty snack, giving an emphatic thumbs-up to supporters
and photographers as he chowed down on the delicacy.
Feasts on Fast Food While First Lady Values Veggies. While the main message coming from the
White House Friday focused on the resurgent U.S. auto industry, the Obamas sent mixed messages on the food
front as the first lady planted vegetables while the president dined on less healthy fare. "Mustard,
onion, chili sauce sounds just right... a little cheese on it, nothing wrong with that," the president said
as he placed his order at Rudy's, one of the locals' favorite hot dog joints in Toledo, Ohio.
with an occasional...
now and then?
That might be a hoagie, but I can definitely see french fries.
Restaurant group: 'Let Obama eat his hot dog'.
A group funded by the restaurant, food and beverage industries called a petition for President Obama to stop eating junk food before cameras "absurd" and the
product of a "vegan agenda." The Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) also blasted the health advocacy group behind the call as a front for animal welfare
unscheduled stop at Roscoe's Chicken. After arriving in Los Angeles about 4:30 p.m.
Monday [10/24/2011], helicoptering to Brentwood and then driving the empty freeway for a time, President
Obama's motorcade exited into what looked to be a predominantlyLatino neighborhood of West Los Angeles
for an unscheduled visit to Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles.
Michelle 'loves french fries, pizza'. President Obama said his wife loves pizza and french
fries during his appearance Tuesday night on Jay Leno's show. Though the first
lady has used her office to campaign against obesity and to tout healthy eating habits, she's OK with
fattier foods in moderation, Obama said.
tell Michelle! Obama not eating so well on the road. First Lady Michelle Obama might keep her
husband on a healthy diet when he's in the White House, but it looks like President Obama doesn't stick to the
same rules on the road. Speaking in Jamestown, North Carolina Tuesday, the president remarked how much he
enjoyed a good helping of North Carolina barbecue the day before as well as some "hush puppies" — a
deep-fried favorite in the South. Of course, these are some of the same fatty foods Michelle Obama
advocates against consuming on a regular basis.
team unveils exciting federal logo. Just in time for county fair and picnic season, President
Obama's administration has unveiled a brand-new, colorful, exciting logo designed to fill what it feels is
a disturbing national shortage of reminders for Americans to eat healthier. The MyPlate logo will be
widely distributed by your federal government to replace the familiar food pyramid design as the examining
room poster least-read-by-impatient-patients-sitting-in-their-underwear-awaiting-a-tardy-doctor.
students served raw onions as snack. No matter how you slice it, the days of milk and cookies
are long gone as schools aim to provide students with healthy fruits and vegetables as snacks. But raw
Potatoes the latest victim of
food police. By the time they are done, we will all be eating dandelions and alfalfa sprouts, with bean
curd pie for dessert.
stands up to the food police. In the face of withering criticism from the food police over
McDonald's "unhealthy" kids meals and the mascot who sells them Jim Skinner, the company's CEO, has
strongly endorsed keeping Ronald McDonald as the face of the fast food giant.
No Pink Slip
for Ronald McDonald. McDonald's Corp. is standing by its clown. The 48-year-old,
red-haired mascot has come under fire from health-care professionals and consumer groups who, in recent
days, have asked the fast-food chain to retire Ronald McDonald. But McDonald's Chief Executive
Officer Jim Skinner staunchly defended the clown at the company's annual meeting on Thursday [5/19/2011],
saying, "Ronald McDonald is going nowhere."
Moralizing Against McDonald's.
Now that Osama bin Laden is dead, we can turn our attention to another remorseless enemy who for years has sown
death and destruction among blameless innocents. I refer, of course, to Ronald McDonald. The
McDonald's mascot may qualify as one of the more annoying characters on the planet. But to his credit,
he doesn't compound his unappealing personality by bossing you around. In that respect, he is far less
objectionable than the people who make a fetish of finding him objectionable.
Mopping up the
raw-milk mob. Federal agents watched the home closely for a year, gathering evidence.
Then, in a pre-dawn raid, armed members from three agencies swooped in. No, this is not a retelling of
the lightning U.S. commando attack in Abbottabad, Pakistan, that killed terrorist leader Osama bin Laden.
Rather, the target of the raid late last month by U.S. marshals, a state police trooper and inspectors from the
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was Amish farmer Dan Allgyer of Kinzers, Pa. His so-called "crime"
involved nothing more than providing unpasteurized, or raw, dairy milk to eager consumers here in the Washington
Mothers crying over
raw milk. Four weeks after the government moved to shut down Amish farmer Dan Allgyer for
selling fresh, unpasteurized milk across state lines, angry moms who made up much of his customer base
rallied on the Capitol's grounds Monday to demand that Congress rein in the food police.
Tales of the red tape.
Congress now requires vendors to post the calorie counts of all the items in the vending machine. The idea is
that we'll pick the healthier choice. There's nothing wrong with eating healthier, but why is it the government's
job to supply us with information we aren't even asking for? ... The regulation will be expensive, too. The
Food and Drug Administration estimates it will add 14 million hours of extra work each year to vending machine
Michelle O's Porked-Up Food
Folly. I find it hard to take a government initiative seriously when areas it labels "food deserts"
include some of the most productive agricultural land on the planet. Note that some peach areas in Virginia
are in the legendarily fertile Shenandoah Valley. Talk about carrying coals to Newcastle! Where exactly
do the members of the working group of the HFFI think that the food in their grocery stores and farmers' markets
Online Tool for Locating 'Food Deserts' in USA. The U.S. Agriculture Department on Monday [5/2/2011]
introduced an online "Food Desert Locator," showing where in the United States residents have limited access
to affordable and nutritious foods. The Obama administration defines a food desert as a low-income
census tract where either a substantial number or percentage of residents lacks easy access to a
supermarket or large grocery store.
The Editor says...
First of all, a supermarket is a large grocery store. Second, I don't know about other parts
of the country, but I do know about the State of Texas, and the USDA tool show "Food Deserts" exist in
places where practically nobody lives. Are they saying there should be big grocery stores built in
the middle of pine forests, deserts, and wide-open ranches? Supermarkets aren't built in poor
neighborhoods because, in a free capitalist country, supermarkets exist to make a profit. The
USDA's logic escapes me.
Two Fries Shy of a
Happy Meal. [Monet] Parham-Lee's lawsuit accuses McDonald's of unethically and unfairly
using toys to lure little children into their restaurants, not unlike how a striped bass is enticed with
a shiny lure. ... Parham-Lee is represented by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a
nutrition-advocacy group that seems more perpetually aggrieved than scientific. They're the
ones who warned that movie theater popcorn was the Godzilla of toxic snacks.
School Days, Gruel
Days. At Little Village Academy in Chicago, children are prohibited from bringing their lunches
from home, and are required to eat the school offering. This is a progressive move to join Chicagoans
Barack and Michelle Obama in their crusade to combat childhood obesity, so try to imagine that horrible
lunch food you remember as a child made exponentially worse by trying to make it "healthy." It's
pretty obvious that the kids don't like it.
Some Peanuts and Crackerjack. Ah, baseball! That hallmark of summer; those men in their
dusty uniforms, the sound of the loudspeakers, the electronic scoreboard. Beer vendors crying out their
presence amidst the sweating crowd of boosters, and the smells of the concession stands where a plethora of
American fare may be purchased and consumed. Hot dogs, pretzels, popcorn, nachos, etc. Ballpark
food is party food, treats to be indulged in by reveling fans to celebrate the joys of summer and their
favorite teams. Nobody goes to the ballpark to eat a major meal.
Calorie-Counting Rule to Leave Out
Movie Theaters. The federal government on Friday [4/1/2011] released proposed rules requiring
chain restaurants and other businesses that serve food to post calorie counts on menus and menu boards.
But after objections from theater chains, the rules give a pass to those box-office snacks — even
though a large popcorn and soda can contain as many calories as a typical person needs in a day.
Woman files lawsuit against
McDonald's for fight she started at Greenwich Village location. A woman who admitted she started the violent fight in a
Greenwich Village McDonald's that sent her to the hospital is suing the burger-flipper who gave her a fractured skull.
The Editor says...
Instead of requiring this restaurant to post nutrition information on their drive-through menu boards, they should be required to put
up a sign that says, "Danger: We hire violent felons." After all, which of the two is a greater and more likely threat?
Madness. About one third of American kids are now overweight, and poorer children are the
most likely to be in that category. So, educators are correct to be concerned about the nutritional
welfare of their students. Every school should be encouraging good health, right? But
forcing parents to buy school food is going too far. This is nanny state stuff. I know
that under President Obama the nation is heading in that direction, but it is now time to pause and
smell the meatloaf.
Lettuce alone. A
plucky band of New Englanders has taken a stand against an overbearing despot. This time, the cause
for rebellion is not an abusive overseas parliament but their own Uncle Sam. Residents of Sedgwick,
Maine, approved an initiative last month allowing food producers to sell their products free from federal
and state interference.
No need to vote on this — the mayor
knows what's best for you.
Bans Sugary Drink Sales On Boston City Property. Mayor Tom Menino issued an executive order to
ban the sale of sugary drinks on Boston city property on Thursday. "I want to make this a healthier
choice, the easier choice in people's daily lives, whether it's the schools, the work sites or other places
in the community," Menino said.
expands sugary drink ban. Mayor Thomas M. Menino said yesterday [4/7/2011] that he is
expanding his ban on sugar-sweetened drinks in schools to include all city properties and functions, a
sweeping restriction that means that calorie-laden soft drinks, juices with added sugar, and sports drinks
like Gatorade will no longer be offered in vending machines, concession stands, and city-run meetings,
programs and events.
Mayor Thomas Menino KOs Soda, OKs Alcohol. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has banned soda, sports
drinks and sweetened ice teas from city property, according to a recent government press release. In
an attempt to reduce the city's rising obesity rates, Menino has banned all sugary drinks from city vending
machines, cafeterias and concession stands, just one day after reaching an agreement with the Boston Red
Sox that allows the team to sell mixed drinks at its ballpark.
school forbids kids from bringing their lunch from home. No doubt, children will bring all
sorts of stuff from home for lunch that fails to meet Michelle Obama's standards for "healthy" eating.
But what ... business is it of school authorities to play mommy and prevent kids from bringing a meal from
Obama accused of hypocrisy (again). Michelle Obama's campaign for better nutrition has come
under fire yet again, just days after Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie defended her anti-obesity
initiative. And what is the complaint against the first lady this time? She is now being accused
of stuffing a staggering 2200 calorie meal into the mouths of state governors at a White House gala last night.
Serves Governors a 2,200 Calorie Meal. First Lady Michelle Obama Sunday night stuffed about
2,200 calories worth of dinner into the nation's governors, hosting a White House bash that pulled few
punches on the fattening front despite her profile as the leader of a national crusade to trim the
waistlines of the country's youth.
Our tax dollars at
mealtime. How did our ancestors survive without the government telling them what and how to eat?
Plays Food Police, Touts ObamaCare Counting Calories. On Tuesday's [1/4/2011] CBS Evening News,
correspondent Michelle Miller lectured Americans on their diet: "According to Consumer Reports Health,
many Americans are simply deluding themselves, most say they eat well but don't... 85% of Americans rarely, if
ever, count calories. Another 79% never set foot on a scale."
New Food Safety Legislation
Gives Gov't Power to Order Recalls, Increase Inspections. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
will have the authority to order recalls of food products, increase inspections, and boost paperwork for food
packaging companies under a bill President Barack Obama quietly signed into law on Tuesday [1/4/2011].
Hunger-Free Menus. The growing sixth grader who eats his 1.5 ounces of turkey and throws his
cup and a half of broccoli, cauliflower and green beans in the compost will probably not be hunger-free.
A Devil Dog at the convenience store on the way home will easily remedy that problem.
Michelle Obama's school lunch.
Looks like the meal you'd get in a vegetarian prison.
to Fight Obesity. The child nutrition bill signed into law by President Obama on Dec. 13 has
been touted as essential to combating the "epidemic" of childhood obesity. It is also a welfare expansion,
adding $4.5 billion to the cost of school lunches. Despite the additional six cents per meal which
will be paid to the schools, critics say it amounts to an unfunded mandate which could bankrupt schools.
Action Suit Claims Happy Meals Exploit Children. McDonald's coffee, famously, was once the
target of personal-injury litigation. Now, its Happy Meals turn to step into the litigation spotlight.
A Sacramento mother today filed [a] suit claiming that McDonald's improperly uses Happy Meals toys as "bait" to
induce kids to eat nutritionally questionable food. The suit seeks class action status.
Left sues to ban
McDonald's toys. Never underestimate the left's audacity in their exploitation of children to
advance their agenda. Whether they are blowing children up for global warming or using their own
children as proxies for banning God from schools, there is virtually no boundary the left won't cross. ... The
lawsuit, which reads as if the ladies of the View wrote it, cited the subversive nature of child pester power
as the key factor in the harm to parents and their children.
aims to ban new fast-food outlets in Detroit. On a recent morning, Yolanda Gilmore and her son,
Darnell, stopped at a Church's Chicken for a lunch of fried chicken, french fries, biscuits and Reese's Peanut
Butter Cups. They weren't making a statement about Detroit's supposed lack of access to healthy food.
They ate there because they like the food.
It takes a vittle: First lady
engineers government takeover of children's food. In the case of obesity, the so-called problem
is very much an illusion. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection, the average height
of Americans has increased by an inch since the 1960s. That's a sign of proper nourishment. While
average weight increased by 24 pounds over the same period, we're all living an average of eight years
longer. That's a sign of good health. The bottom line is that Americans can take care of
themselves just fine without help from Mrs. Obama. It doesn't take a village to solve a public
health crisis that doesn't exist.
Michelle's free lunch:
This free lunch bill, is not quite the free lunch it appears to be; it is paid for by reductions in funding for
food stamps where people can actually select what food to buy for their kids, say potatoes or potato chips, in
their food desserts. And why do so many kids get "half their daily calories from school meals"?
This is another area of responsibility removed from the parent(s) and handed over to the government; parents
don't even have to make their kids lunch to take to school.
childhood obesity the family way. At the root of childhood obesity are two connected problems:
At the same time that children are consuming more "empty" calories, they also are getting less exercise.
Many factors have combined to foster a more sedentary lifestyle, even for children. In many communities,
children are not allowed to walk or ride bicycles to school. Many schools have eliminated recess and
physical education from the school day. At home, the children are watching more television and playing
video games for longer and longer amounts of time during the day.
the broccoli: Liberalism's war on liberty. What this country needs is a crop of healthy, hunger-free
kids — and now, thanks to the hectoring of Michelle Obama and the terrible swift presidential pen of
her husband, it has one: the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.
Americans oppose Michelle Obama's Healthy Hunger-free Kids Act. A significant percentage
Americans oppose the Healthy Hunger-free Kids Act pushed by First Lady Michelle Obama and signed into law by
President Barack Obama signed on Monday. Among other things, the $4.6 billion law allows the USDA
to set nutritional standards for foods made and sold in schools; increases the number of children who qualify
for school meal programs, and "sets basic standards for school wellness policies including goals for nutrition
promotion and education and physical activity."
The Obamas Police Food and
Football. [Scroll down] On the food front, Michelle Obama likewise said something that,
given the context, conjures up a lot of history. Speaking at a public school to commemorate the signing
of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act, the First Lady said flat out that the federal government must act
because we can't just leave [child nutrition] up to the parents." She means it: The law she was
on hand to praise gives the federal government the power to regulate the food sold in public school cafeterias
nationwide. We are a very long way from 1994, when Republicans were threatening to end the Department of
Education in order to turn more power over to local and state control. The federal food police are
acting in the name of fighting childhood obesity, a real problem for which there is scant evidence that
school lunches play any role whatsoever. School lunches, for the kids who eat them, constitute one meal
a day, five days a week, about nine months of the year. They are not the dominant food source for the
vast majority, if any, of America's kids.
Feed Me, Obama, Feed
Me: The Plan for Food Dependency. What does any would-be tyrant need in order to gain
control over the lives of citizens? Three things come to mind: martial law, socialized medicine,
and food dependency. In at least two of these categories, President Obama has already succeeded.
Feds Target School Bake Sales.
On December 3, the lame-duck House passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, previously approved by the Senate.
President Obama, doubtless preoccupied with such trivia as taxes, unemployment, Korea, and China, has yet to
sign it into law. A mere two hundred and twenty pages long, it has lots of provisions for allocation of
funds, demonstration projects, and the like. Many may be worthwhile. However, included in the
legislation is a provision authorizing the secretary of Agriculture to regulate school fundraising bake sales to
ensure that they are infrequent and that the goodies sold are nutritionally acceptable. Far from innocuous,
that is yet another distasteful and unnecessary intrusion of the federal government into our daily lives.
House to put up to 5,000 salad bars in schools. The White House is set to announce on Monday [11/15/2010]
a major new initiative that would place up to 5,000 salad bars in public schools nationwide, despite uncertainties
over how local health inspectors might treat those salad bars and USDA nutrition-tracking rules that could prove a
major impediment. Officials in the White House, led by chef Sam Kass, and at the U.S. Centers for Disease and
Prevention, have been working to build a coalition representing the produce industry and Ann Cooper, director of
nutrition services in Boulder, Colo. schools, who recently teamed with Whole Foods to raise $1.4 million from
customers to establish a grant program that would place salad bars in qualifying schools.
Vast Child Fattening Conspiracy. When it comes to the increasing sex, violence, and profanity in
entertainment media, the social libertines are indifferent. They insist that children will hardly be
warped or ruined by the media they consume. They chortle at the paranoia of Hollywood critics. Their
mantra: If you don't like it, just turn the channel. But if the issue isn't indecency, but instead,
say, obesity -- so many of those titans of "tolerance" suddenly become the censors. Behold San Francisco,
the paradise of permissive sexual attitudes. The city council may welcome flowers in your hair, but they
have just voted to ban "Happy Meal" toys unless the "happy" menu is low in fat and sodium and includes fruits
Happy Meals and
Constitutional Liberty. Not many in the streets of San Francisco are overly excited with
the city's new law. The CBS News Health Blog refers to the Board of Supervisors as the "food Grinch."
Carla Fried writes that many "parents don't seem exactly thrilled with government stepping in and trying to do
their job. Cries of 'nanny state' and 'leave the parenting to the parents' dominate the comments to the
Happy Meals ban report at the San Francisco Chronicle's website." The results of an internet poll on
the Health Blog reveal that 75% of respondents believe San Francisco is overstepping its boundaries.
of the food police. If I decide that consigning myself to the Big and Tall Store is not such a
bad option, it's not your place to stop me from doing so. You don't like what's in a Happy Meal?
Don't let your kid have one.
The San Fran Happy
Meal Ban. San Francisco's proposed Happy Meal toy prohibition had been up in the air for a couple
weeks. To his eternal credit, SFO Mayor (and now Lieutenant Governor-Elect) Gavin Newsom promised to veto
the childish idea. To overcome it, the city's Board of Supervisors would need an 8-3 majority.
SF Mayor Gavin Newsom vetoes
fast-food toy ban. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom wants to keep the happy in Happy Meals. As
promised, Newsom vetoed on Friday [11/12/2010] legislation approved by the Board of Supervisors that would prohibit
fast-food restaurants from giving away toys in kids meals sold in San Francisco unless they meet a strict set of
nutritional standards of reduced calories, salt, fat and sugar, and also contain fruits and vegetables.
San Francisco Defends Helpless Citizens From The
Scourge of Happy Meals. CNN is reporting the San Francisco board of supervisors will formally
approve a ban on most McDonald's Happy Meals today, thus addressing the most serious issue facing the otherwise
untroubled city. The board isn't just tepidly endorsing this measure — they're expected to produce
enough votes to over-ride a promised veto from Mayor Gavin Newsom. The ordinance is intended to control
the distribution of toys with unhealthy food, which has become known as the "food justice movement."
Government Needed to Stop Fast Food Industry That Wants to 'Get Kids Hooked'. At the top of Monday's
[11/8/2010] CBS Evening News, anchor Katie Couric warned viewers: "They promised to fight childhood obesity,
but the biggest chains may be working harder than ever to get kids hooked on fast foods." Moments later
she touted a new study: "...the big chains promised to help fight childhood obesity, but a report out
today suggests they've done the exact opposite."
Get Ready For The Fat Police.
San Francisco, that bastion of liberal orthodoxy, has, through their Board of Supervisors, passed a law that
tells parents what they can and can't feed their children. Most of us have heard of McDonald's Happy
Meals, which offer toys to children with their food order. Of course, parents are the ones ordering for
their kids and paying the check. Hence, one would think the decision about what their children eat is
their business, not the business of a bunch of nosy control freaks.
Obama's $400 Million 'Food Desert' Scam. First Lady Michelle Obama has called on
Congress to create a $400 million-per-year program to encourage the establishment of supermarkets
in places she calls "food deserts." The situation in these "food deserts," as Mrs. Obama describes
it, is quite dire indeed. American children are growing fat because their parents cannot get to a
supermarket — to buy fruits and vegetables — without undergoing the hardship of boarding a bus
or riding a taxi. As a consequence, food-desert-dwelling children are forced to eat fast food and
junk procured at chain restaurants and convenience stores.
Make Way for the Milk
Monitors. [Scroll down] Now, in an effort to feel better about substituting moral
bankruptcy for academic excellence, educators and government bureaucrats have joined forces in a campaign to
expose the evils of Nesquik. That's right — chocolate milk is on the way to being off-limits
on school grounds because liberals who are unconcerned with morality are presently overly concerned with
obesity. The same Food Police who, as a benevolent contribution to society, are in the process of
emptying vending machines of pretzel sticks are now targeting cafeteria milk carts and discriminating against
Food Cop Proposals Lack a Super-Sized Side of
Reality. With the advent of "fast-food" lawsuits a few years ago, the trendy theory seemed to
be that restaurant food was responsible for obesity. There's a smattering of reasons that activists use
to justify this hypothesis, including the observations that restaurants and obesity rates have both increased
over the past few decades, and menu items often have more calories than home-cooked fare. But people
everywhere who enjoy going out to eat can rejoice: A new report from the Cato Institute has determined
that "the causal link between the consumption of restaurant foods and obesity is minimal at best."
Freedom Fries. Of course
people should eat healthier. American adults are overweight; so are their offspring. But Mrs. Obama's
health initiatives are perturbing on more levels than the food pyramid. Not only does this seem rather
invasive, as privately owned restaurants have always possessed the right to sell raw foods, obscene amounts of
alcohol, and food laden with butter as long as that's what their customers are willing to pay for. It
also ignores the personal responsibility of those who choose to partake. None of this is of any concern
to Mrs. Obama, who proceeds directly from the fact that obesity is unhealthy to the notion that government
officials — and their hectoring wives — should regulate our diets accordingly.
War On Fat. American first ladies often go to bat for good causes. Nothing wrong with that.
But Michelle Obama's push for intrusive regulations, pressure tactics and one-size-fits-all solutions to end
obesity goes too far. The first lady had no difficulty telling members of the National Restaurant Association
on Monday [9/13/2010] how to run their businesses to help reduce childhood obesity, her pet cause.
Michelle the Menu Maven.
The woman who's taste-tested every flavor of ice cream from Maine to Spain is out dictating gastronomical edicts
to the National Restaurant Association. ... The same woman who ordered hot fudge sundaes while eating her way
across the North and Southeast of America is now "plead[ing] with restaurants to take a little butter or cream
out of their dishes, use low fat milk and provide apple slices or carrots as a default side dish on the kids'
menu." One can't help but wonder whether Sasha would have agreed to being prodded toward carrot-flavored
frozen skim milk in lieu of the "melon and raspberry" ice cream concoction Mom purchased for her on the
notorious Spanish "private mother-daughter" trip.
First Lady Pushes for Healthy Produce in Liquor Stores.
First Lady Michelle Obama told those gathered for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Legislative Conference
on Wednesday [9/15/2010] that her "Let's Move!" campaign to end childhood obesity required grassroots efforts
in communities across the nation, such as planting community gardens and making fresh produce more readily
available, including in liquor stores.
No Pop for the Poor.
New York City's mayor wants the federal government to say food stamps can't be used to buy soda — a story
that is less about the technicalities of welfare and more about political paternalism. Now, there's a strong
argument to be made that if the government is setting the table and preparing the dinner, it should be able
to choose the menu.
NY seeks to ban sugary drinks from food stamp
buys. New Yorkers on food stamps would not be allowed to spend them on sugar-sweetened drinks under
an obesity-fighting proposal being floated by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Gov. David Paterson.
chains, vending machines will have to post calories. In an effort to tackle national obesity,
the FDA's draft guidelines require any businesses with more than 20 locations to post the calorie
information in the same size type as the menu item or price.
Where's the Michelle Obama Who Said This?
Earlier this year, Michelle Obama ... rolled out this nationwide initiative, Let's Move, earlier in 2010.
She said she learned when she and Barack were working that her children's nutrition was suffering from not
being able to cook meals for them. She said she started making changes and wanted to bring those
lessons to the White House. Apparently, they were all lessons she forgot when trying to win over
Iowa voters on the campaign trail with her husband.
Michelle's Flawed Crusade.
One may not like the ratio of nutrients in a food for whatever reason, but it is almost impossible for a food
to be "nutrient-poor" or "low-nutrient." (It is similarly impossible for a food to contain "empty
Calories." A food Calorie is a standard unit of energy measuring 4186.8 joules. An "empty
Calorie" is like an inch without length.) That is the science. Anything else is "politics
Francisco pol wants to take the joy out of a Happy Meal. Toys that have been synonymous with
kids' meals at fast-food restaurants could soon be banned in San Francisco under a new law proposed Tuesday
[8/10/2010] if the food contains too much fat, sugar or salt. Earlier this year, Santa Clara County
became the first local government in the nation to adopt such a law, but it only applies to unincorporated
areas and affects a handful of restaurants.
to be a good neighbor. It seems obvious that the best way that these nefarious peddlers of
toxic sugar and salt can make amends for their disgusting and inexcusable behavior would be for them to
voluntarily cease selling their products in those jurisdictions that find them objectionable. This
does not mean that they should change the recipes for their products. No, that is the last thing that
they should do. They should band together and cease providing Twinkies, or hot dogs, butter, cheese,
eggs, cake, cookies, soda and other such vile things into states and municipalities where they are
unwelcome. And do it immediately and suddenly. Say, tomorrow for instance.
What Is Your Breaking
Point? Most of us are reaching the breaking point with Obama and the Democrats' agenda for more
big government bankrupting the nation, higher taxes, job killing legislation, and infringements on our personal
liberties. Yet none of these assaults on our cherished American way of life can match the war on our taste
buds. The Democrats' crusade against food that tastes good is just beginning, and it's already out of hand.
Obama puts his cook in charge of your diet.
cook made Senior Policy Advisor. President Barack Obama (D) is treating his multi gazillion
dollar spend our way out of debt and unemployment stimulus as his own private make work program, tossing
taxpayer dollars to favored constituents, such as unions, and to favored areas, such as his home city of
Chicago. And now he's making it even more private, choosing his family's personal cook, Sam Kass,
imported from Chicago, as... Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives.
Food Czar? Really? You may laugh about the White House assistant chef being appointed
"Senior Policy Adviser." You'll stop laughing when you realize that those in power really do want
to tell you what to eat.
Czars Continue To Proliferate. Barack Obama has appointed another czar from Chicago: the
new Food Czar Sam Kass. Officially, he is labeled senior policy adviser for healthy food initiatives,
but he's joining the list of more than 35 czars given broad and unaccountable power over our lives,
habits and spending.
The New York Times seems horrified that
it's legal to advertise cereal.
Ad Rules Stall, Keeping Cereal
a Cartoon Staple. Lucky Charms. Froot Loops. Cocoa Pebbles. A ConAgra
frozen dinner with corn dog and fries. McDonald's Happy Meals. These foods might make a
nutritionist cringe, but all of them have been identified by food companies as healthy choices they can
advertise to children under a three-year-old initiative by the food industry to fight childhood obesity.
San Francisco Bans
Coca-Cola, Mr. Pibb. The sale of Coca-Cola is now outlawed at San Francisco City Hall.
That means if you need to wash down that tofu turkey dog, you'll need to order a bottle of soy milk.
Mayor Gavin Newsome has issued an executive order banning Coke, Pepsi and Fanta Orange from vending machines
on city property. The directive also includes non-diet sodas, sports drinks and artificially sweetened
the pot brownies, but drop that soda. In the City by the Bay, it may soon be easier to get a
pot-laced brownie than a can of Pepsi. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom recently intensified his surge
against soda pop just as the city's health department issued regulations to guide medical marijuana shops in
how to prepare "edible cannabis products."
Drop the toys or get sued. A nutrition watchdog group is threatening to sue McDonald's if the
fast-food giant won't stop using toys to to lure children to its Happy Meals.
Liberal Group Threatens Lawsuit Against McDonald's.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a liberal consumer advocacy organization, has announced
it will sue McDonald's unless the fast-food franchise stops using toys to market its "Happy Meals" to children.
Obesity Ills Are A 'Myth'. Accepted
medical wisdom that overweight people are more susceptible to diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure
is a myth, a shock[ing] new report suggests. Even people who are obese suffer no adverse health effects
until they turn 40. The research flies in the face of Government attempts to combat the so-called
"obesity timebomb", which it has been claimed will lead to a generation of youngsters dying before their parents.
Oil in Your Snacks. Foods masquerading as drugs are the hot spot in the packaged-food
business. The world's biggest food companies are stuffing ostensibly beneficial bacteria, omega-3 fatty
acids and other additives into packaged foods. They are funding clinical research in order to justify
health claims — often deliberately vague — that blur the line between nutrition and
medicine. The foods promise to boost immunity, protect your heart and digestive system or
help you sleep.
Sick. [Scroll down] The Fanjul family of Palm Beach, Fla., a politically connected family,
has given more than $1.8 million to both Democratic and Republican parties over the years. They and
others in the sugar industry give millions to congressmen to keep high tariffs on foreign sugar so the U.S.
sugar industry can charge us higher prices. According to one study, the Fanjul family alone earns
about $65 million a year from congressional protectionism.
San Antonio city manager wages war
on sugar. City Manager Sheryl Sculley has declared war on sugar. Well, at least when it
comes packaged in cans and candy bars. Sugary sodas no longer have a home in the city's 250 beverage
vending machines and unhealthy foods in the 75 snack machines in city facilities are next.
School Nutrition Bill to Study How Government Can
Restrict Food Ads Directed at Kids. A recently introduced House bill, said to mirror First
Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" initiative, would spend $1 million to study how the government
can restrict food advertisements aimed at children. The study proposed in the "Improving Nutrition
for America's Children Act" would "examine mechanisms regulating marketing in elementary and secondary
schools, including Federal, State, and local policies; contracts; and sales incentives.
The Coming War on Bacon.
Having dramatically expanded the role of the government in your doctor's office and your bank this year, the Obama
administration is turning its attention to your kitchen. Sara Burrows, a reporter for the Carolina Journal, reported
on the ramifications of the Obama administration's war on salt, announced recently as a nationwide decade long program
by the FDA.
Happy Meal toys could be
banned in Santa Clara County. Convinced that Happy Meals and other food promotions aimed at children
could make kids fat as well as happy, county officials in Silicon Valley are poised to outlaw the little toys that
often come with high-calorie offerings.
Meal Insanity in the New Nanny State. The "debate" was over a new ordinance passed by a local government
in Santa Clara, California that bans toys being sold with Happy Meals at McDonald's. Now why in the world would
the local Board of Supervisors bother to ban toys being sold with Happy Meals, one might ask? Evidently, they
have the peculiar belief there that allowing parents to buy their own children meals at fast food restaurants that
include toys only encourages the little whippersnappers to become fat.
want to tax us thin — but it's big government that needs a diet. Obesity generates
big fat headlines, which the state, the city and Washington love. It's a crisis, and it won't go to
waste. The political class is hungrily loading its plates with more government employees, whose salaries
and pensions you'll be paying forever, engorging itself on your taxes and nibbling away at business and its
ability to sell legal products. What the Fatty Poppins crew isn't doing is much of anything that is
likely to trim America's waistline.
Bill Would Require Government to Track Body Mass of American
Children. A bill introduced this month in Congress would put the federal and state governments in
the business of tracking how fat, or skinny, American children are. States receiving federal grants
provided for in the bill would be required to annually track the Body Mass Index of all children ages 2
Tobacco Tyrants Turn Their Attention To
Salt. Why do food processors put a certain quantity of salt in their products? The answer
is the people who buy their product like it, and they earn profits by pleasing customers. The FDA has
taken the position that what the American buying public wants is irrelevant. They know what's best and
if you disagree, they will fine, jail or put you out of business.
Gateway Spice: FDA Wants To Regulate Salt. The Food and Drug Administration is planning an
unprecedented effort to gradually reduce the salt consumed each day by Americans, saying that less sodium in
everything from soup to nuts would prevent thousands of deaths from hypertension and heart disease. The
initiative, to be launched this year, would eventually lead to the first legal limits on the amount of salt
allowed in food products.
The Editor says...
I'd rather take my chances with too much salt than with too much government.
FDA Plans to Force a
National Salt Cutback. To use one of the president's favorite words, this expansion of the Nanny
State is unprecedented. The federal agency believes that, without further authorization from Congress,
it can go ahead and take charge of our palates. ... Alas, now that the government has taken an even larger
stake in the health-care industry, it will now busy itself finding inexorably more intrusive ways to govern
our personal health.
Call Proposed New York Salt Ban 'Absurd'. Some New York City chefs and restaurant owners are
taking aim at a bill introduced in the New York Legislature that, if passed, would ban the use of salt in
A Matter of Bad Taste.
Earlier this year, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled the National Salt Reduction Initiative, a set
of "voluntary" guidelines to cut the amount of sodium in processed and restaurant foods by 20 percent over
the next five years. ... In order to make 308 million lives worth living, a mayor is telling a country
how to consume grilled cheeses and frankfurters.
Pol: Ban all salt from
restaurant cooking. Brooklyn Assemblyman Felix Ortiz has introduced legislation to eliminate the
use of salt "in any form" in preparing food in every restaurant in the state — a move similar to
Mayor Bloomberg's efforts to change people's eating habits, including reducing salt intake. Ortiz['s] bill
calls for a ban on salt.
Public health groups want Uncle Sam to start separating us from salt for our own good — along with
saturated fat and sugar. Uncle Sam is listening — and doing. Call it the blanding of America.
Or call it another blow by the nanny state for freedom — freedom from our undisciplined appetites.
Freedom from personal responsibility. Freedom from choice. Why, even freedom from freedom.
Look, freedom from freedom works for zoo animals, doesn't it?
Federal War on Salt Could
Spoil Country Hams. If the food police get their way, North Carolinians can kiss their country
hams, bacon, and fresh Bright Leaf hot dogs goodbye. These Southern specialties might not disappear
altogether, but, if the health agency's crusade against salt is successful, they never would taste the
next Obamacare target: Your bacon sandwich. Are you prepared to go from the supermarket to
the black market for your bacon? The Food and Drug Administration is preparing to lower the boom on
sodium content in American food. And companies are scrambling to lower the salt levels in their products
in advance of the new rules.
York schools' ban on homemade goods at bake sales has parents steamed. Low-fat Doritos
and Pop Tarts are in; goodies baked at home are out. School officials say they're fighting
obesity. Angry parents say it sends the wrong message about food habits.
New USDA Effort Targets
Link between Obesity and Food Stamps. A growing number of local programs from Boston to
San Diego are trying to make healthier foods more appealing and affordable for low-income families — the
population of Americans who are most reliant on food stamps, and most likely to be obese.
must stand up for hotdogs. You may have seen a warning this week from the American Academy of
Pediatrics that hotdogs need to be "redesigned" by manufacturers because their current shape is a potentially
lethal choking hazard for children. ... I suppose the American Academy of Pediatrics will shortly be calling
on God to redesign bananas, carrots and peanuts.
Beware the Hot Dog Police!
In addition to trying to cut the deficit, reform health care, stop global warming, and fix Washington's broken
political culture, President Barack Obama has taken on an even weightier task: Getting rid of killer hot
dogs. It seems that around a dozen kids choke to death every year eating hot dogs. The threat —
of more government meddling — is real.
Believe it or not, the government is about to regulate the shape of hot dogs. ... It's true that compared to
some other foods, hot dogs seem to present a slightly higher risk. Of the 66 to 77 choking
deaths for children younger than 10 in 2006, hot dogs reportedly accounted for about 11 to 13
deaths. But this claim of relative risk isn't conclusive because there has been no attempt to account
for the fact that children might be eating more hot dogs than other types of food.
Nutter proposes 2-cent-per-ounce sweet-drink tax.
[Philadelphia] Mayor Nutter wants to treat the city's weight and wallet problems in his 2010-11 budget
with the same remedy: the nation's highest tax on all sweetened beverages including soda, energy
drinks, ice tea, even chocolate milk. Nutter's plan would put Philadelphia at the front of the
movement to tax sweet drinks, an effort that the beverage industry already opposes and that could
encounter resistance in City Council.
Stimulus Bill's Hidden Attack on What We Eat, Drink, and Smoke. One of the more extreme
proposals floated early in the national health care debate was the idea of taxing soda and other sugary
beverages. That trial balloon was almost immediately shot down by the American public, but the Obama
administration is attempting to achieve, by subterfuge, soda taxes and a lot of other ways to micromanage our
lives in the name of public health — whether or not ObamaCare passes.
Soft drink tax
battle shifts to states. After successfully quashing discussion of a federal tax on soft drinks last
year, Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo Inc. and the fast-food industry are facing a new battle on the state level, where
legislators are beginning to consider their own taxes on sweetened beverages.
Ready for Feds in Your Kitchen? On
the one hand, I want genuinely to commend first lady Michelle Obama for her passion to launch her campaign
against childhood obesity, "Let's Move." ... My concern, however, is that the first lady's nutritional quests,
like Washington's health care crusade, ultimately will lead to more big-government and union-based solutions,
as well as enact more faulty legislation like the 1966 Child Nutrition Act, which the Obama administration
is seeking to update, or "overhaul." (Of course, update and overhaul in government translates into
upgrade and expand; you can bet your last tax dollar on it.)
to Food Manufacturers: Cut 1 Trillion Calories Annually by 2012. With the goal to reduce
1 trillion calories in food sold annually by 2012, First Lady Michelle Obama announced a private-sector
partnership for her Let's Move! Childhood obesity campaign.
Obama wants school vending
machine changes. The Obama administration will ask Congress to improve childhood nutrition by
ridding school vending machines of sugary snacks and drinks and giving school lunch and breakfast to more kids.
Citing Hazard, New York Says Hold
the Salt . First New York City required restaurants to cut out trans fat. Then it
made restaurant chains post calorie counts on their menus. Now it wants to protect people from
another health scourge: salt.
Rand study: It ain't the Big Macs that make
the poor fat. The whole song and dance is that eating healthy is expensive. It is not.
My mother made do raising 5 kids on barely above minimum wage pay. A study by the Rand Corporation
found that far from preying on the poor, fast-food outlets avoid those neighborhoods because of crime and well,
the customers don't have much money.
from the First Lady's fat crusade: cost. Launching a worthy campaign last week to reduce
childhood obesity, Michelle Obama identified many culprits, including aggressive marketing of fatty and sugary
foods, a lack of physical activity and parental ignorance. What never crossed her lips: The
pocketbook problem. The fact is, lots of low-income families simply don't have the money to buy
better groceries — especially in this economy.
Obesity in the Nanny State: Good intentions aside, a presidential task force isn't going to do
what millions of American parents already don't do — namely, pull the plug on the 68 percent
of kids with televisions in their bedrooms, or on the average 53 hours per week that "Generations M's"
(8-to-18-year-olds) spend engaged with electronic media. Nor will the task force change the way most
Fattening the Nanny State.
Obese people and public-health scolds have one thing in common: a compulsion to keep behaving in a way that
does not produce helpful results. The obese tend to keep eating too much and exercising too little regardless
of what others say. Disciples of maternal government persist in meddling in individual choices whether
it works or not.
New 2010 laws: Cooking to texting.
From same-sex marriage in New Hampshire to payday loans in Kentucky, new state laws taking effect on New Year's
Day will change the way people live. California becomes the first state to bar restaurants from cooking
with trans fat — partially hydrogenated oils that have been linked to strokes and heart disease.
Crunch is an enemy of the state. If you buy cereal for your children, or yourself,
you should be aware that the Food and Drug Administration thinks you are falling down on the
job. Last week, the FDA issued "Guidance" to the food manufacturers of America pronouncing
the agency deeply troubled over efforts by various segments of the business to use "Front of Package"
branding to delineate their products as useful — say a "Smart Choice" —
for the consumer.
$373 million in stimulus money for better vending machine food. First Lady Michelle Obama visited the
headquarters of the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington Tuesday [10/13/2009]. She devoted much of
her talk to "the growing threat of obesity, particularly childhood obesity" in the United States, and she touted HHS's
recently-announced plan to spend $373 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on plans to, among
other things, improve the healthfulness of foods in vending machines.
Pelosi's Health Care Bill Would Regulate Snack
Machines. The House health-care reform plan unveiled last week by House Speaker Nancy
Pelosi (D-Calif.) would do more than regulate insurance companies — it would even regulate
vending machines. ... The regulation could wind up costing vendors millions of dollars to make the
changes, according to industry estimates.
The Editor says...
This is only one of the surprises buried in the 1,990 pages of Pelosi's
bill. Obamacare not about insuring
the uninsured or reducing the cost of medical treatment. It's about politicians making
decisions for you because they assume that you're too dumb to make your own choices. It's about
taxations and control of every aspect of American life.
What you eat is everybody's business in the Nanny State.
Anyone familiar with our country's track record on internal "wars" — think drugs and poverty —
should be skeptical of anti-fat schemes. Adding a little extra salt to your french fries, or cooking them
in oil that some people find tastier, isn't worthy of government intervention. ... Consumers know that some
food choices carry more incremental health risks than others. It doesn't take a registered dietitian
to point out the difference between a salad and a triple-bacon cheeseburger. And remember: There's
no such thing as "secondhand fat."
Sweet And Sour. Government
can't be allowed to use its taxation powers for an illegitimate purpose like directing the behavior of the
populace. ... We've already let the government criminalize tobacco, fossil fuels and trans fat. Will we now
let Washington add sugar to its index of forbidden substances?
Food Fight: An Unappetizing
Development. Our regulation-hungry leaders in Washington are acquiring a new taste in governmental control.
A sumptuous feast of tempting regulatory delicacies awaits them under the guise of improving the safety of our food supply.
Is this a well-meaning but horrendously misguided attempt by the administration to "protect" the public through draconian
regulations heaped onto farmers and small food processing businesses?
alleges unsafe salt at Denny's. A class action lawsuit filed Thursday by a New Jersey man alleges meals at
Denny's contain unsafe salt levels, a non-profit groups said. The lawsuit, filed with the support of the food advocacy
group Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington, seeks to compel Denny's to disclose on menus the amount of
sodium in each of its meals and to place a notice on its menus warning about high sodium levels.
Health Care Bill Mandates Nutrition Information on
Restaurant Menus. Restaurant chains with 20 or more stores would be required to display
nutrition information, including calorie counts and "suggested daily caloric intake" on their menus,
under a mandate contained in the health-care reform bill drafted by the Senate Health, Education,
Labor and Pensions Committee.
FDA Takes Cheerios
to Task for Boastful Labels. President Obama isn't just rewriting rules regulating the environment and
the financial markets — he is also going after the food industry. Target and example No. 1:
Cheerios. "Based on claims made on your product's label," the FDA said in a letter to manufacturer General Mills,
"we have determined (Cheerios) is promoted for conditions that cause it to be a drug because the product is intended for
use in the prevention, mitigation and treatment of disease." If the government's enforcement action against
Cheerios were to hold up, the cereal would be pulled from grocery shelves and consumers would need a prescription
to buy a box of those little oats.
Uh-oh, Cheerios. The latest
verdict from the Food and Drug Administration is that Cheerios is a drug. Parents, then, must be drug pushers.
The FDA sent a warning to Cheerios maker General Mills Inc. that it is in serious violation of federal rules.
HR 2749 — The Food Safety
Enhancement Act of 2009. Although the bill includes some provisions that could improve
the mainstream food system, many of these are vaguely worded and do not clearly define the scope of
the agency's power, creating the potential for inappropriate application and enforcement. Small
farms and local artisanal producers are part of the solution to the food safety problem in this country;
the bill would impose on them a one-size-fits-all regulatory scheme and would disproportionately impact
their operations for the worse.
Restaurants sizzling over city tax on frying oil.
During some recent restaurant industry audits, the city [of Denver] has claimed separate sales tax on frying oil, claiming
that the oil is a separate product because it is not absorbed into the product. Try telling that to a cardiologist
who wants you to cut down on French fries.
fatty foods may boost your memory, say scientists. Could eating fatty foods boost your memory?
Researchers at the University of California-Irvine think so. A team of scientists found that oleic acids
from fats are converted into a memory-enhancing signals in the part of the brain responsible for remembering
U.S. to Tighten Food-Safety
Standards. The Obama administration said it will toughen safety standards to prevent contamination of
eggs, poultry, tomatoes, lettuce and other foods, and strengthen enforcement to make sure the industry complies
with the new procedures.
Senators want to expel junk food
from US schools. U.S. schools with vending machines that sell candy and
soda to students could soon find the government requiring healthier options to combat childhood obesity under
a bill introduced on Thursday by two senators. While school meals must comply with U.S. dietary
guidelines, there are no such rules on snacks sold outside of school lunchrooms. Many are high
in fat, sugar and calories.
calls for new food safety oversight. The food safety system 'is plagued with problems,' an
advocacy group says. It favors naming an FDA official to oversee the food supply and eventually
creating a Food Safety Administration.
The Editor says...
This is a particularly bad idea, since there is already a Food and Drug Administration, and if
the FDA is ineffective, expanding it won't help.
a warning label with those fries? The worthies who govern Massachusetts haven't been able to keep
the state's population from dwindling, its property taxes from soaring, its budget from imploding, its Big Dig
from leaking, or its politicians from getting arrested. But failure hasn't diminished their ambition —
or their presumption: Now they're going to keep the rest of us from overeating.
Taking a bite out of crime...
Pennsylvania Pie Fight: State Cracks Down on
Baked Goods. On the first Friday of Lent, an elderly female parishioner of St. Cecilia Catholic Church
began unwrapping pies at the church. That's when the trouble started. A state inspector, there for an annual
checkup on the church's kitchen, spied the desserts. After it was determined that the pies were home-baked, the
inspector decreed they couldn't be sold.
Gimme Some Sugar. Ever tried a Passover Coke?
Right about this time of year, when matzos begin appearing on the shelves ... Coke makes a subtle tweak to its
formula. Because some — though not all — Jews avoid eating corn on Passover, Coca-Cola
does a limited run sweetened with regular sugar instead of corn syrup, labeled with a tiny "P" next to the Kosher
symbol. Foodies have stalked this elusive beverage for years, along with Mexican Coca-Cola, which is also
made with cane sugar.
Bill would have trans fat taken out of
eating out. Texas diners who like everything — Twinkies to bacon — a
heaping lot better if it's been deepfried soon may be chowing on healthier cuisine if the Legislature approves
a measure to ban heart-clogging artificial trans fats from restaurant meals. Lawmakers in coming weeks
will consider bills by Houston state Rep. Carol Alvarado and state Sen. Eliot Shapleigh, D-El Paso, that
would outlaw restaurant use of certain oils, shortenings and margarines by September 2011.
Texas Senate OKs bill banning trans fat.
Under a bill passed Friday [5/8/2009] by the Senate, restaurants across the state would be banned from cooking with oil
that contains trans fat. Many major fast-food chains and doughnut shops already have stopped using trans fat, said
Sen. Eliot Shapleigh, D-El Paso, sponsor of the measure.
Creating the Great American Potato
Famine? McDonald's just agreed to pursue pesticide-free potatoes for its restaurants.
The anti-technology zealots pushing this organic move had better hope the company drags its feet — or
we risk having the first McDonald's in history with no French fries. Less than a decade ago, the
Danish government's high-level Bichel technical committee concluded that an organic-only mandate would
cut Danish potato production by 80 percent.
Universal Healthcare and the
Waistline Police. Imagine a country where the government regularly checks the waistlines
of citizens over age 40. Anyone deemed too fat would be required to undergo diet counseling.
Those who fail to lose sufficient weight could face further "reeducation" and their communities subject to
stiff fines. Is this some nightmarish dystopia? No, this is contemporary Japan.
Dependency Mindset Limits Health
Care Choices. In New York City, a federal judge has approved a city ordinance that would require
chain restaurants to post calorie information on menus. Proposed legislation in Mississippi would prohibit
restaurants from serving people with a Body Mass Index greater than 30. Intrusive tactics like these
represent a growing trend in government over-reach, while the overwhelming reception of bureaucratic
involvement reveals a sense of government reliance never before seen in the United States.
Food Facts . One government body after another has the idea that some people need more information,
and it will be supplied or else. The targets of this campaign are restaurants. New York City has a
new law commanding chain outlets to post the calorie count of every item on menus and menu boards. The
legislatures in New York and California are considering state laws to require even more extensive disclosures.
Mandatory calorie counts cross the line between
informing and nagging. The restaurant business is highly competitive. If customers really
were clamoring for conspicuous calorie counts, restaurants would provide them voluntarily. A legal
requirement is necessary not because consumers want impossible-to-ignore nutritional information but because,
by and large, they don't.
U.S. menu labeling may be gaining
steam. A nationwide system requiring fast-food chains to list calories on their menus could be gaining
support in Congress as more states adopt the practice and the restaurant industry concedes change is on the way, a
consumer, industry and health panel said on Friday [11/14/2008]. Laws requiring that calories and other
nutritional information be posted have become increasingly popular as states and cities struggle to combat the
country's growing obesity problem while promoting health and nutrition.
the Salt. The city has come up with a plan to help you shake your salt habit, according to New York
magazine. In a closed-door gathering at Gracie Mansion late last month, health experts and food-industry
representatives were told about Mayor Bloomberg's next crusade — an effort to reduce the salt in processed food
by 20 percent over the next five years, the magazine reports in this week's issue.
citizens offended by donut 'cops'. For years, [Putnam] County Office for the Aging nutrition
centers received widespread donations of day-old donuts, cakes, pies, breads, bagels and donuts from delis,
supermarkets and donut shops throughout the tri-county area. County nutritionists decided that the
sugary treats were not in the best interests of the over-65 set, so the "war" now facing county lawmakers
centers on senior citizens' determination to make that decision.
Bake Sales Fall Victim to
Push for Healthier Foods. Tommy Cornelius and the other members of the Piedmont High School boys
water polo team never expected to find themselves running through school in their Speedos to promote a bake
sale across the street. But times have been tough since the school banned homemade brownies and
cupcakes. The old-fashioned school bake sale, once as American as apple pie, is fast becoming
obsolete in California, a result of strict new state nutrition standards for public schools that regulate
the types of food that can be sold to students.
Nanny State 911: In a
world where foie gras is outlawed, only outlaws will munch on goose liver fatted by gavage.
In his new book Nanny State, Denver Post columnist David Harsanyi documents in appalling and
encyclopedic detail exactly "how food fascists, teetotaling do-gooders, priggish moralists,
and other boneheaded bureaucrats are turning America into a nation of children."
What if bad fat isn't so bad? Suppose you were
forced to live on a diet of red meat and whole milk. A diet that, all told, was at least 60 percent
fat -- about half of it saturated. ... Consider the curious case of the Masai, a nomadic tribe in Kenya and
Tanzania. In the 1960s, a Vanderbilt University scientist named George Mann, M.D., found that Masai men
consumed this very diet (supplemented with blood from the cattle they herded). Yet these nomads, who were
also very lean, had some of the lowest levels of cholesterol ever measured and were virtually free of heart
of overweight adults may be heart-healthy. You can look great in a swimsuit and still be a heart
attack waiting to happen. And you can also be overweight and otherwise healthy. A new study
suggests that a surprising number of overweight people — about half — have normal
blood pressure and cholesterol levels, while an equally startling number of trim people suffer from some
of the ills associated with obesity.
Prison blues: States slimming down inmate
meals. The recession is hitting home for inmates, too: Some cash-strapped states are taking aim at
prison menus. Georgia prisoners already didn't get lunch on the weekends, and the Department of Corrections recently
eliminated the midday meal on Fridays, too. Ohio may drop weekend breakfasts and offer brunch instead. Other
states are cutting back on milk and fresh fruit.
Happy Meal. Despite its health-crazy reputation, parts of Los Angeles are plagued by obesity
rates that rival any city in America. Now, the city may join a growing roster of local governments
aiming to put their residents on diets by cracking down on the fast-food industry.
Honey laundering. The
international honey trade has become increasingly rife with crime and intrigue. ... Big shipments of
contaminated honey from China are frequently laundered in other countries — an illegal practice
called "transshipping" — in order to avoid U.S.import fees, protective tariffs or taxes imposed
on foreign products that intentionally undercut domestic prices. ... Tens of thousands of pounds of honey
entering the U.S. each year come from countries that raise few bees and have no record of producing honey
Baseball Fans Get a Never-Ending Ballpark Buffet.
Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks. And some more. And more. A growing trend in all-you-can-eat
seating at sports venues is making baseball's summer chorus sound more like "Take Me Out to the Buffet." Dozens of
arenas, stadiums and tracks have offered tickets that come with unlimited snacks. The seats have been a hit with
fans, a moneymaker for the venues and a worry for obesity-conscious health officials.
New Jersey Lawmakers Consider Tax On Fast Food.
The sputtering economy has caused an increase in prices of many staples including gasoline, rice, ice cream, even
beer. Now some lawmakers in New Jersey are considering taking food taxes a step further and install a proverbial
"sin" tax on fast food. Yes, the idea of marking up your favorite fast food burger or pack of fries is
actually being tossed around, and it's not settling well with many residents.
Put down that
Whopper before the government has to intervene again. It was official as of Sunday. New York
City under Mayor Michael Bloomberg has banned trans fats because they're bad for us. Also as of Sunday,
New York City now requires restaurants to post the calorie content on their menus next to each food item in type
as large as the price. According to the Associated Press, McDonald's and Burger King are not complying.
Instead, they're suing New York City to protect their First Amendment rights and to keep their menu boards
Well-Intentioned Food Police May
Create Havoc With Children's Diets. Earlier this year, our small Midwestern school district
joined the food wars, proposing a new policy that would discourage all food in classrooms, ban nuts and
sugary foods and do away with vending machines. So much for peanut butter sandwiches, snacks for
kindergartners and birthday cupcakes.
Striking Back at the Food
Police: A prominent Washington lobbyist, [Rick] Berman runs the Center for Consumer Freedom, a
nonprofit advocacy group that is financed by the food and restaurant industries. Two months ago, after a
report in a leading medical journal cast doubt on several assumptions about obesity, he pounced. His
group ran $600,000 worth of full-page ads in a half-dozen newspapers, gloating that the study showed that
obesity was not an "epidemic" but rather a lot of hype.
Suspension Over Sweets.
What does it take for a school to suspend an eighth-grader, bar his attendance from an honors dinner, and strip
him of his post as class Vice President? If you guessed drugs, alcohol, or a firearm, think again.
A bag of candy is reason enough. This week, a Connecticut school levied these very punishments on an
honor student with no history of misconduct, just for buying a bag of Skittles from his classmate.
"Food Police" Slams Chinese
Food. Column A, the foods that are bad for you. Column B, foods that are good
for you. The typical Chinese restaurant menu has much more A than B, a consumer group sometimes
called "the Food Police" has found.
Crackdown: Have the Food Police Gone Too Far? With childhood obesity rates skyrocketing,
the New York Times reports that "school districts across the country have been taking steps to make food in
schools healthier because of new federal guidelines and awareness that a growing number of children are
overweight." A few school districts have actually banned cupcakes at school birthday celebrations, which
has some parents up in arms, because, to many, "the cupcake holds strong as a symbol of childhood innocence
and parental love."
Food Police's Latest Victim:
Soda Industry. First the media tell you not to drink bottled water because it contributes to
global warming. Then they warned against finding any humor in beer ads. They've even made
overtures about the evils of energy drinks. Now media fear-mongering has spilled on to soda. "[A]
report tonight said that [consumption of soda] may be bad for our hearts," said CBS "Evening News" anchor
The Food Police: It
has become common to speak of an "epidemic of obesity." News sources routinely feature articles on
obesity, and some even suggest that the obesity epidemic is one of the greatest public health threats of our
times, perhaps rivaling AIDS or avian flu. Obesity is commonly linked to other social problems as
well. It has been named as a cost to businesses in terms of worker productivity, a cause for poor
pupil performance, a weight-load problem for airlines, and a security threat in terms of military preparedness.
Proposed and implemented social solutions have included snack taxes, corporate-sponsored exercise breaks,
stronger food labeling laws, and state-mandated student weigh-ins at public schools.
Obesity 'equal to terror threat'. Professor
Hunter said that governments since the 1970s, including the present Labour government, had "tinkered around the
edges" of the rising problem of obesity.
He said that bigger warning labels, changes in the taxation of
"unhealthy" foods, and even the use of compulsory regulations to force manufacturers to cut levels of salt,
sugar and fat in their foods could be employed.
throw away leftovers, warn 'food police'. [British] Householders are to be visited by officials offering
advice on cooking with leftovers, in a Government initiative to reduce the amount of food that gets thrown
up, madam. We've a warrant to search your fridge. As if we're not already overrun with
thousands of five-a-day co-ordinators, nagging us to eat our greens, and legions of recycling enforcers,
sifting through our dustbins for evidence of carelessly discarded potato peelings, plans were unveiled for a
new standing army of food police, charged with cutting down waste.
bars to be made smaller in Government anti-obesity drive. The Government is set to order
manufacturers to shrink the size of chocolate bars and fizzy drinks. Health Secretary Alan Johnson will
tell firms such as Mars, Coca-Cola, Britvic and Nestlé that smaller versions of their products should
be available in all garages and corner shops to help stop people piling on weight.
the Food Police. They could arrive in America any time now: food police. I refer to
an interesting item in the U.K. Telegraph. The British government is sending contractors door to door to
teach its citizens how to manage leftovers. British bureaucrats, you see, worry that Brits are wasting
too much food — one third of store-bought grub, they say, is tossed out. That is bad for the
The Editor states the obvious...
If your government can tell you what to eat and how to eat it, you are living in tyranny.
FDA Is Urged
To Toughen Rules on Salt. A consumer group prodded the Food and Drug Administration yesterday to
regulate salt as a food additive, arguing that excessive salt consumption by Americans may be responsible for
more than 100,000 deaths a year. The government has long placed salt in a "generally recognized as
safe" or GRAS category, which grandfathers in a huge list of familiar food ingredients. But in an FDA
hearing yesterday [11/29/2007], the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) urged the agency to
enforce tougher regulations for sodium.
I Hate The Food Police And You Should Too.
These days you can't go anywhere without someone or something telling you what you should or shouldn't eat, or
how much or when you should eat, or how your food should be prepared. I'm really sick of it all.
Menus everywhere — from fast food restaurants to upscale joints — are lousy with healthy
choice options. We're told that our foods are cooked with canola oil, that we can substitute Egg Beaters
for the real thing and that we can order brown rice instead of white. Don't worry about some nefarious
governmental agency butting into our lives; be perturbed by "The Food Police."
The "food police" and the pseudoscience of self-denial.
[Michael] Jacobson's list of soda hazards nicely illustrates the hyperbolic approach to health advice favored
by CSPI, which the microbiologist turned food activist co-founded in 1971 after working for Ralph Nader.
Today the D.C.-based CSPI is one of the country's most influential nanny groups, with an annual budget of
$15 million and some 800,000 newsletter subscribers. It has the ability to grab headlines, kill
sales of products it doesn't like, and shape regulatory policy. The group is also emblematic of a
troubling cultural trend whose motto might be, "If it feels good, don't do it."
Revives Vote for Calories on Menus. Hoping the fat-filled truth about certain fast-food
items will shock New Yorkers into eating healthier, city officials are reviving a plan to force chains
to post calorie counts for their foods right on the menu.
Makers Pressured to Cut Sodium. Now public health specialists are pressuring
the Food and Drug Administration to require food makers to cut the sodium. In a hearing
set for next week, they will call the government intervention crucial to fighting heart disease.
A Sad Cereal Sellout. The famed Battle Creek, Mich., cereal maker (which started out almost a
century ago as a health-food company), is now pleading guilty in the court of public opinion to charges that
it's partly responsible for our childhood-obesity epidemic and other nutrition-related woes.
Burger King Responds to Trans-Fat Suit.
Burger King, the world's second-largest hamburger chain, said in January it had begun in-restaurant testing
with several trans fat-free cooking oils. At the time, the company said it was on track to begin a
national rollout of trans fat-free cooking oils by late 2008. Based on that, the Center for Science in
the Public Interest sued Burger King on Wednesday [5/16/2007], claiming the company was moving too slowly and
had failed to set a definite timetable for removal of trans fats.
New FDA Report Threatens
Consumer Choices. Today [6/2/2006] a new report commissioned by the Food and Drug Administration
will recommend that U.S. restaurants reduce portion sizes, serve high calorie foods with lighter sides,
advertise healthier foods, and provide greater access to nutritional information. On its way to
restricting consumer choices, the report inappropriately singles out the restaurant industry as a leading
cause of obesity, ignores the impact of Americans' shrinking exercise habits, and dismisses the role of
personal responsibility in dietary choices.
This is just another angle
of The Government's Role as Your Overprotective Nanny.
Government Anti-Obesity Efforts Achieve Little
Success. States are increasingly using obesity as an excuse to feed at the taxpayer
trough. … Like other politicized public health initiatives, last year's obesity legislation adopted
a "for your own good" mantra set on protecting people from themselves.
Fat. You're Fat. And Your Kids Are, Too. Blaming the Big Corporations that are simply
providing what you want and demanding that government ban various elements of the food supply won't reduce your
waist size, but it will increase your loss of personal freedom and choice.
Cupcake, You're Not Welcome in Class. The days of the birthday cupcake — smothered in
a slurry of sticky frosting and with a dash of rainbow sprinkles — may be numbered in schoolhouses
across the nation. Fears of childhood obesity have led schools to discourage and sometimes even ban what
were once de rigueur grammar-school treats.
Didn't Make Them Fat. I have a question for federal Judge Robert Sweet: If your own children
blamed McDonald's for making them fat, would you buy it? I don't think so. Yet the judge has given
the green light to a lawsuit against McDonald's by two teenaged girls who claim the popular fast-food chain
tricked them into eating food that made them fat and sick. At first it looked as if this lawsuit was
going to be pushed down the garbage disposal, but now it's back.
The Futile Crusades of Dem Quixote:
[Scroll down] "Some people will say, 'Well, people just don't have to eat it,'" she told the Washington Post. "But the
fact of the matter is, what if you have no other choices?" Marqueece Harris-Dawson, executive director
of Community Coalition, based in South-Central, said, "You try to get a salad within 20 minutes of our
location; it's virtually impossible." But, um, McDonald's serves salads. In fact, the AP photo
that accompanied the Post story on Perry's crusade featured a South Central McDonald's. The largest
single object in the photo was not the golden arches, but the sign advertising McDonald's "new fruit &
owner sticks by its cooking oil. A leading fast-food company has refused to bow to the [Australian]
Federal Government's demand it remove harmful fats from its products. The Assistant Health Minister,
Chris Pyne, hosted a meeting of industry leaders in Sydney yesterday [3/12/2007] but failed to secure
unanimous support from fast-food groups for healthier cooking.
Vegemite is safe despite salt content,
says Julia Gillard. Many Australians consider Vegemite to be a cultural icon, despite it being
owned by American company Kraft Foods. A shadow has been cast over the future of the spread as [an
Australian] Federal Government taskforce considers special taxes and other deterrents on the sale of fatty,
sugary and salty foods.
Doctor recommends fat kids should be taken
from parents. Child protection authorities should be called in to handle "extreme" cases where parents allow
their kids to get too fat, an Australian doctor says. ... "We argue that in a sufficiently extreme case, notification of
child protection services may be an appropriate professional response," writes Dr Alexander in the Medical Journal of
for obese children to be taken into care. Severely obese children should be notified to child
protection authorities, and even taken into care, if their parents are unwilling or unable to help them lose
weight, experts have argued. The continuing failure of parents to ensure treatment for their obese child
could be considered medical neglect when the child is suffering, or is at high risk of suffering, associated
severe health problems.
Revealed: Secret tricks to sell junk food
to children. Some of Britain's biggest food brands, including McDonald's, Nestlé and
Kellogg's, are using "underhand tactics" on the internet to directly target children with their unhealthy
products, according to a report. Stung by moves to restrict traditional methods of selling junk food to
children, such as TV advertising, the consumer group Which? says companies are often turning to the less
heavily policed internet.
[If a 4-year-old kid has $20 in his pocket and wants to drive over to McDonald's to buy dinner for the family,
more power to him. But in reality, adults decide where to eat, adults spend the money, and adults have control
over the diets of their children, no matter what the kids have seen on TV.]
Proposed Trans Fat Ban Irks Chicago
Restaurants. "Our concern is that these laws should not be forced upon restaurants," explained
Illinois Restaurant Association President Colleen McShane. "Forcing them to immediately change their menu
items or recipes can and will have a negative impact. We support a voluntary effort to reduce trans fats
from menus, not a government mandate."
Media's Warning This Memorial Day: Step Away from the
Grill. Journalists constantly attack the foods Americans eat and the companies that make
Reporters hype food dangers, complaining about the obesity "epidemic" and bringing on "consumer"
experts who try to scare viewers from eating just about everything. They also rarely include any
comments from the very companies or industries they attack.
Trans Fat Ban: In the wake of New York
City's ban on restaurant use of trans fat, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the ban is "not going to take away
anybody's ability to go out and have the kind of food they want, in the quantities they want. … We are
just trying to make food safer." That, my friends, is tyrannical double-talk.
NYC Mulls Ban on Trans Fats
in Eateries. Three years after the city banned smoking in restaurants, health officials are
talking about prohibiting something they say is almost as bad: artificial trans fatty acids.
chance for the new prohibitionism? What if restaurants throughout this country were too scared of
a lawsuit to sell foods deemed fattening? It's not a far-fetched possibility, at least if a misguided
gaggle of lawyers, legislators and researchers get their way. … Dozens of states either have introduced
or passed legislation aimed at curbing obesity. Measures include restricting advertising to children;
requiring schools to provide parents with information about student body mass index; requiring schools to
provide diabetes screening; mandating insurance coverage for obesity prevention and treatment; and
establishing nutrition education programs.
City of Portland
looks at trans fat ban. New York is doing it. Now, so is Starbucks. Now Portland could
be next to ban trans fats in restaurants. According to City Commissioner Randy Leonard, Portland is
looking very seriously at banning trans fats this year.
Burger Baloney. Researchers from
the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society, looking into whether beef consumption could be
linked to increased risk of colon cancer, published a study in January  with apparently alarming
conclusions. Closer examination, however, revealed more creative slicing and dicing of data by a few
researchers at the NCI who seem to have a history of publishing anti-meat research.
to serve healthier food at parks. The Walt Disney Co. will begin serving more nutritionally
balanced meals at its domestic theme parks and will sign movie and other endorsement deals only with
restaurants that limit fat and sugar in menu items, the company said Monday [10/16/06].
With a Bad Rap. Many scientists say that there is little data to back up the demonization of
high-fructose corn syrup, and that links between the crystalline goop and obesity are based upon
misperceptions and unproved theories, or are simply coincidental.
When Bad News is Good News: The
Spinach Story. While death and disease of any sort is tragic, the fact that a foodborne illness
has received so much attention at all is one indicator of just how safe our food supply generally is.
Despite the perpetual calls for additional federal oversight … Americans already enjoy the safest
food supply in human history — and it's getting safer every day.
Shutting Down Debate. Eric
Schlosser, the anti-fast food crusader who wrote Fast Food Nation, has a new "children's book" out on
the same subject, titled Chew on This. I put "children's book" in quotation marks because while
this book has pictures and simplifies complicated issues, it delivers a mostly grown-up message about how evil
big corporations exploit farmers, hide the harmful health effects of their products, pay their employees too
little, put profits before people … well, you know the litany.
The Fast Food Police Gang Can't Shoot
Straight. In 1988, the Center for Science in the Public Interest demanded McDonald's cease using
beef tallow to cook its French fries and instead substitute partially hydrogenated cooking oils that contain
trans fat. CSPI contended partially hydrogenated oils are relatively innocent compared to beef
tallow. CSPI's Web site still claims this as one of its food police victories … but it turns
out they were wrong. On the same Web site, CSPI now simultaneously touts a class-action lawsuit
it has filed against KFC demanding it stop using oil containing trans fat, which it alleges
kills 50,000 Americans a year.
Bill Clinton Cuts a Deal to Make School Snacks
Healthier. Snacks sold in schools will have to cut the fat, sugar and salt under the latest
crackdown on junk food won by former President Clinton. Just five months after a similar agreement
targeting the sale of sodas in schools, Clinton and the American Heart Association announced a deal
Friday [10/06/2006] with several major food companies to make school snacks healthier — the latest assault on
the nation's childhood obesity epidemic.
[Has Bill Clinton ever been a role model for good nutrition, or anything else?]
nanny party thinks parents are incompetent to raise children. I'm not knocking Dr. [Susan]
Lynch's advocacy in support of healthy lifestyles. No one is in favor of childhood obesity. It's
just not the government's job, or the job of government-run schools, to keep kids from drinking soda or
Animal Rights Group Attacks
Katrina-Torn Mississippi Schools. The nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom has called on the
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a Washington-based animal rights group, to withdraw a
callous school-nutrition "report card" it issued to public schools in Hancock County, Mississippi. PCRM
gave Hancock County a grade of "D," based largely on its complaint that the six-school district serves
children meat entrees including "the BBQ pulled-pork burger and the chicken patty sandwich."
Deep fried panic:
The people at the Center for Science in the Public Interest could give meddlesome busybodies a bad name. In
fact, that almost seems to be the point of their latest lawsuit, which targets KFC's use of cooking oil with
trans fat. CSPI thinks that if companies and customers don't shun this type of fat, the courts should step
in and force them to.
The Fried Logic of the Food Police: What
are we to make of Arthur Hoyte, a retired physician from Rockville, Maryland, who is suing KFC because he
thought fried chicken was a health food? In a lawsuit sponsored by the Center for Science in the Public
Interest, Hoyte claims he had no idea the restaurant chain fries its food in partially hydrogenated vegetable
oil. … Aren't doctors supposed to be smart, at least when it comes to health-related issues?
Doctors call for 'fat tax' on Coca-Cola
and Pepsi. Delegates at the powerful American Medical Association's annual conference will demand
a levy on the sweeteners put in sugary drinks to pay for a massive public health education campaign. They
will also call for the amount of salt added to burgers and processed foods to be halved.
According to a June 2 Associated Press report, "Those heaping portions at restaurants — and
doggie bags for the leftovers — may be a thing of the past, if health officials get their
way." … The story pertains to a report, funded by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration … Among
the report's recommendations for restaurants are: list calorie-content on menus, serve smaller portions
and add more fruits and vegetables and nuts. Both the Health and Human Services Department and the FDA
accept the report's findings.
wants to tax your soda pop. Are you ready for a "fat tax" on your soda, America? Do you want
to pay extra for your Coca-Cola or Pepsi to fund a national anti-obesity program? If some members of the
American Medical Association have their way, there could be such a tax. And while they're at it, AMA
members also want to cut by half the salt used in fast food, processed foods and restaurant meals.
Ten Dumbest Food Cop
Ideas: Over the years, the growing cabal of diet dictators have proposed a litany of crazy
proposals to tax, legislate, and litigate away many food and beverage choices. This article lists
ten of their dumbest ideas.
Food and Drink Police: Center
for Science in the Public Interest wants government to control our eating habits.
An Epidemic of
Obesity Myths: Overblown rhetoric about the "obesity epidemic" has itself reached
epidemic proportions. Trial lawyers increasingly see dollar signs where the rest of us
see dinner. Activists and bureaucrats are proposing radical "solutions" like zoning
restrictions on restaurants and convenience stores, as well as extra taxes and warning
labels on certain foods.
If fat is an illness, can ugly be far
behind? If obesity, in government-speak, no longer is "not an illness," one can assume it is an
illness, and, if it is an illness, it must be covered by Medicare. The change means that Medicare and
Medicaid participants may begin asking for reimbursement for treating excess weight and these requests will be
considered. The implication is HUGE!
of the Center for Science in the Public Interest. CSPI is the undisputed
leader among America's "food police." CSPI was founded in 1971 by current executive
director Michael Jacobson, and two lawyers from Ralph Nader's Center for the Study of
Responsive Law. Since then, CSPI's joyless eating club has issued hundreds of
high-profile — and highly questionable — reports condemning
soft drinks, fat substitutes, irradiated meat, biotech food crops, French fries,
and just about anything that tastes good.
or tyrants? Some call the people behind the Washington-D.C.-based Center for Science
in the Public Interest (CSPI) busybodies, but I call them wannabe tyrants.
exploiter? All the talk of injuries and damages is a charade. As obesity litigation
advocate Richard Daynard notes in this month's American Journal of Preventive Medicine, one advantage of
suing food companies under state consumer protection statutes is that it "avoids complicated causation
Super-Sized Statistics. Using words
like "epidemic," policy makers [have] rushed to debate on everything from "fat taxes" on junk food to the regulation
of fast-food advertising, from Medicare covering obesity-related surgeries to banning sodas from schools.
You bet I want
fries with that. I don't usually follow nutrition stories, but it was hard to miss last
week's shocker about low-fat diets. Like many papers, The Boston Globe put it on Page 1,
high above the fold: "Study finds no major benefits of low-fat diet."
Illinois Set to Ban Soda and Snacks in
Schools. The Illinois State Board of Education, following the urging of Gov. Rod Blagojevich
(D), on December 15 began the process of banning the sale of high-fat, high-calorie foods and drinks
to most of the state's elementary and middle school students. … While the proposed regulations have been
developed in consultation with the American Heart Association, experts note there is no consensus on
what junk food actually is.
food justice isn't good justice. Some lawyers say fast food is dangerous. It
can make you fat. I say some lawyers are dangerous. They can make you poor and take
away your choices. But special privileges for favored industries, such as the bill the House
recently passed to protect the fast-food industry, are the wrong cure. … People aren't
endlessly stupid, so companies serving nearly 100 million people every day must be serving
their customers well.
Some Rare Good News on the
Obesity Front. So much of what passes for obesity science has a large element
of junk science in it, whether it's about the supposedly 400,000 Americans who die from being
overweight each year (false) or the claim that consumers of French fries are likely to get
cancer from acrylamide (false).
nanny state: America has become the country of the warning label. California
is the warning-label state. … Whatever I do, it must be wrong, because there's always a sign
telling me that what I'm eating, drinking or buying is bad for me. If all of these
things are so hazardous, why am I alive?
Chicagoans Force-Fed Animal Rights
Nonsense. Ducking the opportunity to stand up to animal-rights extremists, the Chicago City
Council voted on Wednesday [4/26/2006] to outlaw the sale of the delicacy foie gras.
The Editor says...
Call me a bumpkin if you will, but I had never heard of it. Apparently it's some kind of dish made from goose liver.
Daley has a beef with calorie
counts. Mayor Daley had a field day ridiculing aldermen for banning foie gras and suggesting
Chicago restaurants sharply restrict artery-clogging trans fats. Now the mayor has a new target:
mandatory calorie counts. One week after Ald. Edward M. Burke (14th) proposed the idea, Daley shot it
down with a sarcastic vengeance. He argued that restaurant patrons can count their own calories and make
their own food choices. He insisted that restaurants already forced to endure back-to-back bans on smoking
and foie gras should be left alone by a City Council with better things to do.
I want my foie gras!
Outspoken foodies Anthony Bourdain and Michael Ruhlman sound off about New Jersey's plan to ban the duck
delicacy — and how the food police are ruining America.
Chicago overturns ban on
foie gras in restaurants. Dining on foie gras — a delicacy made of duck and goose
liver — will soon be legal again in Chicago. The City Council on Wednesday [5/14/2008]
repealed its two-year-old ban on the gourmet dish, drawing dissent from animal rights activists who consider
foie gras cruel because the birds are force-fed to make their livers bigger.
Overturns Foie Gras Ban. Chicagoans can feast on foie gras once more. The Chicago City
Council just repealed the ban on its sale that it put in place two years ago. Monica Davey, the TimesŐs
Chicago bureau chief, says the ban has been a source of embarrassment for the city and the repeal comes as
residents have accused officials of trying to micromanage peopleŐs lives, with talk of prohibiting smoking
even outside along the lakefront and eliminating transfats from restaurants.
Gastronomical Prohibitionists. In the Sermon on the
Mount, Jesus tells his listeners that a man with a beam in his eye ought not to criticize another with a mere speck in his.
The message: sort out your own crippling shortcomings before presuming to meddle in someone else's. It's good advice
for an individual; it would be even better advice for the state of California. Good counsel, however, has a way of falling
on deaf ears in the Golden State.
Top Ten Junk Science Stories of the
Past Decade: Swedish scientists alarmed us in April 2002 that cooking high-carbohydrate
foods — like potatoes and bread — formed acrylamide, a substance linked with
cancer in lab animals. But even if lab animals were reasonable predictors of cancer risk in
humans — a notion yet to be validated — someone of average bodyweight
would have to eat 35,000 potato chips (about 62.5 pounds) per day for life to get an
equivalent dose of acrylamide as the lab animals.
science: When I was a kid, my mother thought spinach was the healthiest
food in the world because it contained so much iron. … It turns out that spinach
is an OK source of iron but no better than pizza, pistachio nuts or dried peaches. The
spinach-iron myth grew out of a simple mathematical miscalculation: A researcher
accidentally moved a decimal point one space, so he thought spinach had 10 times
more iron than it did. The press reported it, and I had to eat spinach.
Artificial sweetener cleared of cancer link. A
huge federal study in people — not rats — takes the fizz out of arguments that the diet
soda sweetener aspartame might raise the risk of cancer.
A review of "Chew on This: Everything you Don't Want to Know about fast food"
Authors Provide Heaping Portion of Misinformation
About Food. This book is a must-read for all those who really care about our food supply, really
care about our nation's economic system, and wish to see how a book can attempt to destroy them both. It
is very well written and often extremely interesting … while at the same time being a near total
distortion of the truth. It is intended to create an anti-capitalist mindset among America's
youth while leading them to accept reduced individual freedom leading to a socialist political
and economic system.
feedback … and fantasies. Obesity hysteria recently collapsed
under its own weight. But the public health establishment, media and politicians
are doing their best to revive it.
Critics Can't Stomach
Detroit Mayor's Fast-Food Tax Proposal. Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick
has proposed a 2 percent tax on fast-food purchases, alarming critics who say it
would fall mainly on low- and middle-income persons and would slow economic development.
Bureaucracy and Obesity: The
Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has recently taken some
hits for how it spends around $7 billion of federal taxpayer money, lacks a clearly defined
mission. In fact, it has too many missions and is still looking for more.
Fat check: Every
time a new obesity study comes out, pundits latch onto it as proof that the government either should or
should not take an interest in what Americans eat and how much they exercise.
Heavy Costs: How times change! Wasn't it just in April that the media and food and
beverage lobby ran riot over a single study claiming that being overweight is actually good for you?
That Cried "Epidemic": An article in this week's issue of Science magazine,
the journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, describes the controversy
over the CDC's exaggerated estimate that 400,000 Americans die each year because of excess
weight. A more recent study from researchers at the CDC, led by Dr. Katherine
Flegal, indicates the number is much, much lower.
Credibility is Shot. When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
announced that obesity killed 400,000 Americans annually, the media and pharmaceutical
industry pounced. … A study released [mid-April 2005] reported that the actual number of
overweight- and obesity-related deaths was closer to 26,000 — one-fifteenth the
how fat are we? In March 2004, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
said 400,000 Americans die each year due to obesity-related problems. … [But now]
the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics says, no, the real figure is 111,909. And
after you deduct the beneficial effects of being moderately overweight, the figure declines
model he is not. Bill Clinton is going to stand up to Ronald McDonald. And he will be
doing it for your children. The shapeless blob of an initiative also will focus on schools and
community groups to increase physical activity. … And Clinton will make sure all children eat
their broccoli before he moves on to his next role — America's marriage counselor.
Fines Schools For Selling Fries. Texas Agricultural Commissioner and
Combs is robbing Peter and pummeling Paul. … The
Carlisle School was fined more than $1,000 for selling Crystal Lite (which has only 5
calories per 8 oz. serving). The Calallen Middle School received a fine of $666 because
the bags of Chili Cheese Fritos were too big. The Bartlett Elementary school was fined
more than $2,400 for, among other things, selling fried potato products twice in a week.
Bubble Gum. Draconian food-cop policies almost always have unintended
consequences. Such is the case in Austin, Texas, where one high school's ban
on snack foods has created a thriving black market for candy bars and other sweets.
"serving size" myth. Most people would eat one blueberry muffin for
breakfast. When the label tells you there are just 215 calories per serving,
you'd think it was a reasonably low-cal breakfast. But the label in tiny print
on one muffin ABC News bought also said the serving size was one-third of a muffin.
hype: The idea that sugar causes hyperactivity is a myth. … In
one study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, some kids ate sugared
foods while others got foods with artificial sweeteners. Their parents and the
researchers didn't know who was eating sugar and who wasn't.
productive vs. the unproductive: If we developed the practice of removing
products from the market because some people are harmed by them, we might starve to death.
The Flawed Fast Food Tax:
As politicians look for new ways to prop up their sagging budgets, Detroit mayor
Kwame Kilpatrick is the latest political figure to float the idea of a "fast food
tax." If his effort is successful, Detroit would become the first city in the nation
to pass an extra tax on quickservice food.
CSPI Scam dot com: The Center for Science in the Public
Interest (CSPI) is not as nice, sweet, and unbiased as its name might imply. The group routinely uses scare
tactics justified by "junk science" and media theatrics as part of their ceaseless campaign for government
regulation of your personal food choices.
Don't Get Tricked When
You Hand Out Treats. Insist on the Obesity Liability Waiver … because no one wants a
lawsuit with their candy.
Cookie Monster be Cookie Monster. After three decades, the well-meaning
social engineers of PBS have announced he's not a Cookie Monster at all. In the
interests of teaching kids not to be gluttons, CTW has transformed Cookie Monster into
just another monster who happens to like cookies.
Another war … on
obesity. Writes Jacob Sullum of Reason magazine, Kelly Brownell, "a Twinkie tax advocate
who never tires of comparing Ronald McDonald to Joe Camel," actually sports "an extra chin and an ample
gut." Apparently Brownell has seen the enemy and it is him. But, he would presumably add, it's not
his fault. People are helpless victims of evil profit-minded fast food restaurants and soft drink
Thick lawyers and
thickburgers: Hungry? If you grab a new Hardee's Monster Thickburger, you won't be.
The burger, which is 2.5 inches thick, packs 1,420 calories and 107 grams of fat. It
contains two 1/3-pound slabs of all-Angus beef, four strips of bacon, three slices of cheese and mayonnaise on
a buttered sesame-seed bun.
Media Continue Skewing Obesity Debate. Diet and obesity continue to weigh heavily on the
minds of Americans. Those concerns have carried over to the news media, but the coverage takes
on a strong anti-business slant, as if businesses and advertisers were responsible for obesity.
Police: Coming Soon to a Texas School Lunchroom. School nutrition guidelines were
recently announced by the Texas Department of Agriculture. The 15-page culinary blacklist amounts
to yet another attempt by big government bureaucrats to usurp the power of local governments, school
districts, teachers and parents charged with the primary education and care of our children.
Hyperbolic Hypocrisy. The
critics of consumer choice and enemies of a wide variety of menu options have never been known for their
consistency. From flip-flops about obesity lawsuits to schizophrenic support of domestic terrorism,
the food cops, animal rights nuts, and other radical activists have practically got the market cornered
Soda Pop Media Feeding Frenzy. An
article in the August 25  issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, "Sugar-Sweetened
Beverages, Weight Gain, and Incidence of Type 2 Diabetes in Young and Middle-Aged Women," adds yet another
chapter to the feeding frenzy that drives our nation's love affair with epidemiological risk
factorology. The article is a textbook case of misusing epidemiological research for the
development of public health recommendations.
No Fizz in Soda Scare. The
food police filed a petition this week with the federal government to require that regular (non-diet) soft
drinks carry health warning labels. But scientific data, including a new study published this
week, expose such soda scaremongering for what it is — junk science-fueled nanny-ism.
bars, Lay's and Oreos rule, U.S. snack sales data show. Granola bar sales are booming,
especially in Los Angeles. Lay's rules the potato chip market, but not in Philadelphia or
Baltimore. And Oreos are the top-selling cookie, period. Those are some of the findings
of a study of snack sales over the past year in U.S. supermarkets, compiled by Chicago-based
Information Resources Inc.
nonsense from the country that once ruled half the world. England used to be a world
power. Now it is morphing into a caricature of political correctness. A government
proposal to ban TV advertising for "junk food" makes a mockery of the principles of freedom and
health and safety cut number of holes in chip shop salt shakers. Pot-holed roads, crumbling
schools, litter-strewn streets — there's no shortage of problem areas crying out for their
attention. But councils believe they have found a better use for their money: reducing the number
of holes in chip shop salt shakers.
Why the State Hates
Cholesterol: Cholesterol is found in every cell of the body. This fascinating molecule,
found in rich abundance in the tastiest of foods, is the most critical component of mental
function — surely one reason the State has waged its historical role on this vilified yet truly
magnificent molecule, independent thought being the primary threat to its existence.
Dishing It Out, But Not Taking It. When
it comes to criticism, Morgan Spurlock, director of "Super Size Me," can dish it out, but he sure can't take
it. Ask him a tough question, and he turns to blubber.
'American Morning' is on a
Yo-Yo Diet of Obesity Hype. Has CNN's "American Morning" gotten its fill of the "obesity
epidemic" hype? Maybe not, but on two separate occasions in the past few days, the program's reporters
have scoffed at candy makers' and schools' attempts to keep kids from developing a sweet tooth.
Bias: Big Media's Role In Covering And Promoting the Obesity Debate. More
and more Americans are obsessed with their weight, and the news media have responded with an
abundance of stories about food and fat. But there's more to the fat story than just
giving the public more news they can use. Some anti-corporate activists have seized
upon the public's worries about weight to bash the companies that feed America. They
argue that the fattening of America is less the result of poor personal choices than poor
behavior by U.S. businesses, and that the "obesity epidemic" can best be cured through a diet
of new taxes, more regulations, and a flood of lawyer-enriching lawsuits.
Note: The following
article contains profanity.
Somebody. The food police are looking to take a healthy bite out of corporate
America. What is their beef? They think the food industry is making all of us fat. Are they
recommending we eat less or hit the gym? Not really. Their solution is lawsuits,
The food police say milk is unhealthy
for kids. CSPI has added whole and 2% milk to their list of "poor nutritional quality" beverages
and says they should be removed from schools. "Anyone who would suggest that milk is unhealthy for kids
is out to lunch," said Richard Berman, executive director of the Center for Consumer Freedom. "CSPI once
boasted that it was 'proud about finding something wrong with practically everything.' Now it's
Behind The Latest Anti-Soda Study? It hasn't been published or peer-reviewed,
but in the last few days nearly 100 media outlets have reported on a questionable bit of
number-crunching that tries to link soda consumption with diabetes. Five of the study's
seven coauthors, it turns out, are certified obesity alarmists, and some have close ties
with the self-described "food police" at the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
Is Obesity an Epidemic? A
new report disputes commonly used statistics and cites evidence of obesity hysteria driven by pharmaceutical industry.
Pass the Cheeseburger Bill, Hold the
Lawsuits. Americans overwhelmingly agree that restaurants should not be sued over obesity.
lawyers, Pennsylvania should pass its own burger bill. Remember the guy who
sued fast-food restaurants for making him fat? He became a poster boy for frivolous
litigation. But that hasn't stopped the trial lawyers who see dollar signs where
most of us see dinner.
Food Fight: Politically charged talk
about the so-called "epidemic" of obesity has, itself, reached epidemic proportions. Elected officials,
presidential candidates, mid-level bureaucrats, and left-wing activist leaders are playing a high-profile game
of leapfrog to see who can come up with the most outrageous proposals.
Salmon: Health food or pink poison?
Like alcohol and chocolate before it, salmon is now the subject of contradictory science. So what is the
bewildered, bemused consumer to do, pelted with so many admonitions about what to eat, what not to eat, and
how to eat it?
Just No Satisfying The Food Cops: Thankfully, most Americans have
rejected proposals to tax, ban, regulate and restrict their favorite foods. But
some activists won't take this obvious hint.
Hysteria is Hard to Swallow. Legendary TV chef Julia Child, who passed
away [recently], warned us that "when you're afraid of your food, you don't digest it
well." Unfortunately, American consumers have been scared silly about nearly every
item on the menu, from beef and chicken to salmon and veggies. The latest phony
food scare centers on soft drinks and their alleged link to type 2 diabetes.
AMA Drops Call for Soft Drinks Tax.
The American Medical Association (AMA) has backed away from a proposed resolution calling for states and the
federal government to levy special taxes on "sugary drinks that are devoid of nutritional value." At a
November meeting of AMA delegates in Las Vegas, delegates instead opted for an alternate resolution calling
for collaborative efforts across the health and beverage industries to fight obesity.
Anti-cheese campaign is seen as 'nannying gone
mad'. New advertising rules which will brand cheese as "junk food" were yesterday criticised as
"dietary nannying gone mad" by a leading farming industry figure. "To suggest there is anything inherently
harmful about cheese is absurd," said the National Farming Union's national director of communications, Anthony
Gibson. He said the rules would be "thoroughly unhelpful to farmers" at a time when the dairy industry had
been going through a very difficult 12 months.
Soda Study Is
the Latest Fizzy Science From Food Police. A newly published study in the
Journal of the American Medical Association was co-authored by several individuals with
close ties to the self-described "food police" at the Center for Science in the Public
Interest (CSPI), an activist group leading the nation's anti-soda crusade today.
The Michael Moore
of Fast Food: How does a film-industry nobody become the liberal elite's favorite
filmmaker? By trashing the world's most successful corporation.
Zealots Hit Sour Note. The choir of anti-obesity fatheads is reaching a crescendo
as a new article in the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) describes a purported
consensus among public-health busybodies in favor of severe restrictions on our favorite foods.
Biotech Food Is Safe and
Widely Used. Anti-biotechnology activists claimed recently that "genetically
modified" material, albeit in minuscule amounts, has moved into and thereby "contaminates"
conventionally produced seed supplies. As usual, they're way off base. In fact,
the "contamination" is more like finding Lexus parts in your Yugo.
fries kill? Almost no week goes by without a report on some food or
environmental danger that can kill us. It is quite remarkable that any of us are alive
given our exposure to secondhand smoke, asbestos, lead in paint, cellular
phones and seesaws; our ingesting alcohol, sugar, fat and arsenic-laden water; and
our inhaling polluted air.
No French Fries, No Peace! Last week,
McDonald's announced that it would eliminate the Super Size option from its menus. McDonald's claims
this move will simplify its menu. However, we all know that this explanation is … ridiculous.
McDonald's is attempting to defend against the next round of fast food lawsuits.
are what you eat, then sue. The House of Representatives voted
276 to 139 Wednesday [3/10/2004] to pass the Personal Responsibility in
Food Consumption Act — also known as the "cheeseburger bill" — to prohibit
overweight Americans from suing the food industry for their avoirdupois. Given
that a 2003 Gallup Poll found that 89 percent of Americans don't believe in blaming
the fast-food industry for obesity, you'd think the bill is unnecessary.
Governor Doyle to Obesity Lawyers: "Bring
'Em On". Governor Doyle's vetoes mean that the food industry remains exposed to frivolous obesity
claims and that these claims can be based on "junk science." The Wisconsin legislature ought to override these vetoes.
food damnation: The day before the House approved the Personal Responsibility
in Food Consumption Act by a 2-to-1 margin, [it was said that] the bill "is surely
premature, because there has been only one obesity lawsuit, and it was dismissed by
a federal judge."
Ice Cream From Hell: The
FDA doesn't want to ban ice cream. It just wants the power to do so. It wants the power to define
substances like dioxin as health threats at any level of concentration whatever. And guess what.
There's dioxin in ice cream.
Does FDA Regulation
Violate the Constitution? From the orange juice we drink to begin our day,
to the lunch we eat at a restaurant, to the wine we consume in the evening, the federal
Food and Drug Administration regulates what nutritional and health information food and
drug manufacturers can share with us. When Ocean Spray's Web site recently provided information
and links to health research regarding juice consumption, the FDA threatened to seize
the company's inventory, because the agency had not approved the "health claims."
Horse slaughter banned. The
House voted on Thursday [9/7/2006] to ban the slaughter of horses for meat, a practice that lawmakers thought
they already had ended. Instead of banning it outright, Congress last year yanked the salaries and
expenses of federal inspectors. But the Bush administration simply started charging plants for
inspections, and the slaughter has continued.
The Editor says...
If people want to eat horse meat, why stop them? My understanding was that most horse
meat ends up in dog food anyway. The opposition to slaughtering horses is another example of
decision making based
upon emotion instead of reasoning.
Pass the Toxins & Carcinogens. We
live in an intensely chemical-phobic society, one where food labels and menus brag of being "all-natural" and "purely
organic." Poultry sections offer fryers from "happy, free range chickens." "Chemical-free" cuisine is in.
Reducto Ad Totalitarianism: [We need to]
return to the concept of man as a rational, self-responsible individual entitled to make his own decisions — and
take his own risks — without the paternalistic "protection" of liability lawyers.
The Case against Lawyers: In her
new book, Catherine Crier identifies the culprits in what she terms a flight from responsibility: the creation
of a system of endless rules, mandates, implied duties, and special legislation in our current legal system.
The Man with "Television
Addiction" Threatens to Sue Cable Company: Tim Dumouchel of Fond du Lac said his
family's viewing habits — forced on him by cable TV — caused his wife to become
overweight and his children to grow lazy.
Ailing Man Sues Fast-Food Firms: A
New York City lawyer has filed suit against the four big fast-food corporations, saying their fatty foods are
responsible for his client's obesity and related health problems.
Who's Next? Krispy Kreme? Legal Man Takes
on the "Fat Pushers": In today's America, of course, giving people free and enticing donuts may
be enough to set up Krispy Kreme for a lawsuit … by fatties.
The Fast Food Three vs. The Whopper: Just
as smokers sue tobacco companies, despite 40 years of warning labels, this lawsuit asks us to believe
people too stupid, too ignorant to distinguish between healthy and non-healthy diets.
Fat is as fat does:
Humorist Art Buchwald once observed that it was becoming more difficult to write satire because truth was
funnier. That's how I feel about news that a 56-year-old New York man is suing four leading fast food
chains for contributing to his obesity, several heart attacks and other health problems.
"Food Police" Target Pizza:
The same group that said Chinese food, popcorn and soft drinks were no good for us is now targeting another of
America's favorite food items: pizza.
Limits On Schoolyard Junk Food: A Vermont senator believes too many public school students are
being sold what he considers "unhealthy drinks and snacks" during lunch in school and he wants the Agriculture
Department to tighten up its regulations on such sales. His legislation would "tighten" current federal
regulations under the National School Lunch Program.
The story above was originally on one of the media
bias pages because it is the kind of "news" story that appears on local TV news
programs without any rebuttal. You're supposed to hear the story and feel better
about your big omniscient government protecting "America's Children." But sooner
or later, kids are going to have to learn how to make their own decisions about their
diets. This "pro-choice" Senator prefers to put more laws on the books rather
than allowing kids to make their own dietary choices. I suggest that he's more
interested in increasing the power of the government than in improving the children's
(Related stories below.)
Hard Bias: Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., just introduced a bill to restrict sales of soft drinks in
schools. "The Better Nutrition for School Children Act of 2001" comes on the heels of a series of
anti-soft drink articles in The Washington Post. But Sen. Leahy should know better than to
believe everything he reads.
Hard bias over soft drinks: The Washington
Post, in not reporting a study contradicting a government report on children and soft drinks, seems "more
interested in frightening parents and children than informing them."
Fizzy Myths Live
On: In a feel-good column about mother-knows-best practical health advice, a Los Angeles Times
columnist falls prey to the baseless claims about soft drinks.
Anti-Meat Activists Target School
Lunches: A health scare over school lunches is brewing. The driving forces behind the junk
science-fueled scare are the usual suspects — anti-meat and environmental activist groups, and
politicians who do the groups' bidding.
Activists' Attacks on Meat Harm Health, Environment.
Over the years, Americans and others around the world have been subjected to a barrage of absurd claims
about beef production and consumption that, in a rational world, should be dismissed on sight. We
have witnessed how, with enough money and sufficient coordinated effort, vast portions of the world's
population, along with their elected leaders, can be convinced the Earth faces destruction because we
eat meat. These scare tactics are without factual support.
"If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies
will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny."
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