These days you can’t go anywhere without someone or something telling you what you should or shouldn’t eat, or how much or when you should eat, or how your food should be prepared. I’m really sick of it all.
Menus everywhere — from fast food restaurants to upscale joints — are lousy with healthy choice options. We’re told that our foods are cooked with canola oil, that we can substitute Egg Beaters for the real thing and that we can order brown rice instead of white.
Don’t worry about some nefarious governmental agency butting into our lives; be perturbed by “The Food Police.” They are everywhere. The Food Police are a loosely knit group of know-it-alls who have been brought tighter together by some activist groups and their lawyers, and a handful of governmental no-goodniks.
They’ve been working behind the scenes to ramp up the concern over obesity. We’ve been told that obesity is the number one cause of preventable death, and is more dangerous than tobacco. In 2001, then-U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher said that obesity would cause as many preventable deaths as cigarettes and we started hearing that 300,000 people per year die from fat-related causes. There’s never really any indication of how the “experts” arrived at this number.
In March of this year U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona said obesity is “the terror within,” is as much of a threat as “weapons of mass destruction,” and that obesity would “dwarf 9/11.”
Mr. Surgeon General sir, A) take off that ridiculous uniform and, B) shut it.
Here’s a quick aside. It’s been bad enough over the past few years to have people invoke the image of Hitler and the Nazis every time someone wants to demonize a person or a group, thereby cheapening the struggle of those who fought the Nazis while minimizing the horrors that they perpetrated. And while we’re on the subject, why don’t these people raise the specter of Mussolini when demonizing their targets? Hitler modeled much of his plan on what Il Duce did in Italy. Benito deserves to get some play in this area.
Now I guess 9/11 will be cheapened in this same way thanks to those who have some kind of fear-based agenda. It’s disgusting that the U.S. Surgeon General – who wears Merrill Stubing’s old uniform and who is as relevant as the human appendix – would compare terrorist attacks and an act of war against innocent civilians to the fact that we have a bunch of lazy and overweight people in this country.