Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The U.S. Government Scandal that's Really Making You Fat

I don't believe in accidents. The US government pours billions into education, yet our children get collectively dumbed down more each year. If they didn't want your children stupid and incapable of thinking, then those billions of dollars would pay for education strategies that actually worked.

Likewise, if the US government didn't want you fat and lazy, they would structure their agricultural subsidies in such a way as to discourage obesity. And yet here we see the opposite. It's not a coincidence. -

    A decade ago, an American woman's waist, on average, was close to two inches smaller than it is today. Eighteen year olds are 15 pounds heavier than they were in the 1970s.

    One reason is federal subsidies for food production. Take a look at these numbers:

    • Meat/Dairy -- 73.8 percent
    • Grains -- 13.2 percent
    • Sugar/Oil/Starch/Alcohol -- 10.7 percent
    • Nuts/Legumes -- 1.9 percent
    • Vegetables/Fruits -- 0.4 percent

    That’s right – just 1.9 percent for nuts and legumes and 0.4 percent for fruits and vegetables. As a result, a salad often costs you more than a Big Mac.


    The New York Times April 26, 2010

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