The Tyranny of Weight ControlWednesday, July 29, 2009
After my post on the government’s plans for gaining power through its war on obesity, I came across a related story on FOX news that deserves mention. The CDC, this week, is conducting a three-day conference in Washington, D.C., called “Weight of the Nation,” an “inaugural conference on obesity and weight control.” According to the CDC’s website, the purpose of the conference is to “provide a forum to highlight progress in the prevention and control of obesity through policy and environmental strategies and is framed around four intervention settings: community, medical care, school, and workplace.” (Emphasis mine.) One of the conference objectives is to “discuss the use of law-based efforts to prevent and control obesity (e.g., legislation, regulation and policies).” From the FOX story:
But they also venture into suggestions for new restrictions. The recommendations call for communities to restrict the availability of unhealthy foods and beverages, institute smaller portion sizes, limit advertisements of unhealthy products and discourage consumption of sugary drinks.
The recommendations generally apply to public venues, with the possible goal of prompting more widespread restrictions elsewhere.
The FOX story brings up one very important point that people ought to remember: reducing obesity is at the heart of President Obama’s health care plan. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius stated this fact at the conference yesterday. This means the implementation of a totalitarian plan for enriching special interests and restricting free choice for individuals, in regards to food and beverages, as a part of the totalitarian nationalized health care plan.
Other brilliant ideas offered up to collectively control the weight of millions of people are the usual: fat taxes and food stamps to subsidize the purchase/choice of “healthy” foods. Bill Clinton, speaking at the conference (yes, Bill Clinton, expert on health), said:
It is a public health issue that cannot be dealt with entirely within the confines of a medical office,” Clinton told the CDC conference Monday, talking about childhood obesity. “If we want to change this, we have to change what goes on at home and in the community and in the neighborhood and in the schools.
Does that statement make the agenda appear somewhat obvious? Such change can only be accomplished when government takes bureaucratic control over individuals and their unique lifestyles. Public schools are public tools for the government to move in and indoctrinate and control young children, and this environment gives way to numerous possibilities for control policies within those boundaries. In fact, exercising weight control tyranny through the school systems will be a cinch. However, homes (!) and neighborhoods and communities are private. A family makes a home, households make up a neighborhood, and neighborhoods are the foundations for communities. Yet we have ex-government officials, who are still kept in the power loop, declaring that individuals and families should be subject to coercive changes that violate their ability to function as free individuals making free choices.
To make matters worse, the government’s policies have promoted obesity in recent decades, as opposed to actually reducing the problem. This is because of the corporate state interests that have gained control of the politicians they purchase through campaign donations, thereby keeping unhealthy foods a part of the government’s food policy (think everything corn, and ask yourself why there is such a powerful corn lobby and subsidies) while demonizing foods, for years, that not only don’t pose the health risks claimed by food nazi bureaucrats and their paid researchers, but that actually offer tremendous health benefits (think fats) and maintain lean, healthy bodies. Therefore, as powerful corporate interests buy favors from elected officials and influence public policy on food, your government will price you out of, or outright ban, healthy-but-unpopular foods and force unhealthy garbage such as refined, corn-based foods into its centrally-planned food policy.
If you want to see where this strategy is headed, read the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Here are some high-levels snippets from the government’s plan:
- The establishment of the Common Community Measures for Obesity Prevention Project (the Measures Project), with a goal to “identify and recommend a set of obesity prevention strategies and corresponding suggested measurements that local governments and communities can use to plan, implement, and monitor initiatives to prevent obesity.”
- The Measures Project will include a “select Expert Panel of nationally recognized content-area experts in areas of urban planning, built environment, obesity prevention, nutrition, and physical activity assisted in the selection of the recommended strategies and measurements.”
- Twenty local government representatives, including city managers, urban planners, and budget analysts, who participate in ICMA’s Center for Performance Measurement (CPM), have volunteered to pilot test the selected measurements. (My input: this means local government agents “volunteering” to force businesses and citizens within their community to adhere to arbitrary laws.)
- Implementing a policy to “affect the cost of healthier foods and beverages relative to the cost of less healthy foods and beverages sold within local government facilities in a local jurisdiction or on public school campuses during the school day within the largest school district in a local jurisdiction.”
- Partnering with communities to restrict the availability of less healthy foods and beverages, institute smaller portion size options, and limit advertisement of less healthy foods and beverages in public service venues.
- Requiring licensed child care facilities within the local jurisdiction to limit screen viewing time to no more than 2 hours per day for children aged ≥2 years.
If you breeze through these 32 pages you will observe see a grotesque plan for micro-management of diet, nutrition, weight management, and activities of the U.S population, by utilizing a collective strategy for restriction and implementation, including the taxation of unfavorable foods and the subsidization of favored foods and industries.
The government will use “available evidence and expert opinion” to recommend strategies. Never mind the fact that 1) “evidence” is influenced and/or produced by special interests that wish to profit financially from government policy, and 2) “experts” are those whose judgment is deemed to take the correct position according to the desires of powerful and influential politicians, corporations, and special interests who will reap power and profit from a centrally-planned food policy.
In staying with the usual course of dumbing down propaganda to cute, colorful, little pictures and graphs in order to appeal to the lowest common denominator, see the government’s cutesy little chart on page 8 of this PDF:
Healthy policies = Healthy Environments = Healthy Behaviors = Healthy People