A segment last night on Democracy Now!, the voice of American Marxism, madeÂ casual reference to a reportÂ issued recently by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to thatÂ report, the cost of treating obesity-related ailments soared to a high of $147 billion last year, which is a staggering 9% of all health-care costs. In the last eight years, the proportion of obese Americans is up 37%, and the cost of treating the obese is twice as high as for people of normal weight.
Sounds like thereâ€™s a â€œFat Czarâ€ on the horizon.
We know that President Barack Obama, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and other believers in big-governmentÂ central planningÂ have identified the â€œreformâ€ of the health care system as their number one priority (this month, at any rate). Universal health care, if passed, is going to be prohibitively expensive, and in order to cut costs, those of you who frequent the buffet table will soonÂ find yourselves squarely in the governmentâ€™s crosshairs.
Since the average American is, according to the CDC, now aboutÂ 23 pounds overweight, the CDC report includes a list of â€œproposalsâ€ designed to counteract this obesity epidemic. If you like the idea of having the government micromanageÂ every aspect of your life, then you will love these guidelines from the CDC. Hereâ€™s a sampling from the report:
- Communities should restrict availability of less healthy foods and beverages in public service venues.
- Communities should institute smaller portion size options in public service venues.
- Communities should limit advertisements of less healthy foods and beverages.
- Communities should discourage consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages.
- Communities should reduce screen time in public service venues. (Licensed child care facilities [will be] required to limit screen viewing time to no more than 2 hours per day for children aged â‰¥2 years.)
One has to wonder if the formation of a nanny state is the kind of â€œchangeâ€ that people had in mind when they went to the polls last November. While no oneÂ will deny that maintaining a sensible bodyweight is advantageous, do you really want the government peering over you shoulder scrutinizing the size and the contents of your dinner plate — and imposing punitive taxes on foods that are unapprovedÂ ?