Ironic that Michelle Obama, ass the size of Texas, is spearheading an anti-obesity effort. Just say no...to fried chicken and macaroni and cheese.
And how Orwellian that the bill is called the Healthy Choices Act. You want choice? Lift the tariff on sugar, so people can decide whether they prefer sugar or the aweful high fructose corn syrup, all things being equal. Close the loophole that allows Con Agra, et al, to add upwards of 17,000 toxic chemicals to food under the guise of "artificial flavors", because it would effect their bottom line if we knew they were in our foods. Ban MSG, and re-ban aspartame - both high contributors to obesity, diabetes, and cancer. It's difficult to have a healthy choice when these fattening, hunger-inducing, addictive chemicals are found in practically every processed food - including the *COUGH* Healthy Choice label.
- CNS News -
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 through 18. The grant-receiving states would be required to mandate that all health care providers in the state determine the Body Mass Index of all their patients in the 2-to-18 age bracket and then report that information to the state government. The state government, in turn, would be required to report the information to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for analysis.
The Healthy Choices Act--introduced by Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee--would establish and fund a wide range of programs and regulations aimed at reducing obesity rates by such means as putting nutritional labels on the front of food products, subsidizing businesses that provide fresh fruits and vegetables, and collecting BMI measurements of patients and counseling those that are overweight or obese.
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