WAR ON OBESITY: Government’s Place?

Obesity. It is not something to be proud of, since it can result in serious consequences (e.g. high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes). Needless to say, people should watch what they eat (and exercise). The figures vary on just how many people are overweight, depending on whom you ask.

Meanwhile, one could go out in public and view his or her fair share of overweight people. I have even seen my fair share of such individuals. It is even worse when you see an overweight person who is scantily dressed (something which I have had the misfortune of seeing more than once). I am also reminded of Jeff Foxworthy describing the scenario of going to the state fair and seeing someone so ugly that you have to get someone else to verify–he describes the individual as Bigfoot in a tank top.

Because of the number of overweight people in America, the federal government (led by Michelle Obama) declared a war on obesity. State and local governments also got involved. As a result, restaurants made changes to their menus, New York City banned the Big Gulp and is attempting to do the same on soft drinks, and public schools have to abide by guidelines regarding their breakfast and lunch menus in order to receive federal funding.

Now let’s be clear– there is nothing wrong with healthy eating. Nor is there anything wrong with eating pizza or burgers. But what it comes down to is how often you eat something healthy, and how often you eat something unhealthy. In other words, a well-balanced diet.

I am not a nutritionist, but neither is Michelle Obama (although she doesn’t seem to care since she acts like she is some sort of queen). I should add that she can be hypocritical when it comes to healthy eating. I wouldn’t be surprised if the War on Obesity is related to Obamacare.

There is the saying “watch what you eat.” This quote promotes healthy eating. But such action is the responsibility of the individual, and not the responsibility of the government. The government could perhaps issue statements asking people to maintain a well-balanced diet and to exercise on a regular basis, but not go any further than that.

But try telling that to Michelle Obama. After all, she said she is going to fight Republicans to the bitter end over what types of food schools serve. Given the Republicans takeover of Congress, as well as some schools not liking the federal guidelines on their menus, the bitter end might arrive sooner than she thinks.

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Andrew Linn

About the author, Andrew Linn: Andrew Linn is a member of the Owensboro Tea Party and a former Field Representative for the Media Research Center. An ex-Democrat, he became a Republican one week after the 2008 Presidential Election. He has an M.A. in history from the University of Louisville, where he became a member of the Phi Alpha Theta historical honors society. He has also contributed to examiner.com and Right Impulse Media. View all articles by Andrew Linn

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