Obama administration: We need to control marketing of children’s food

posted at 2:55 pm on May 11, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

As any parent knows, there are a lot of unhealthy food choices in the market for children — and adults, for that matter.  TV marketing usually emphasizes the most sugary, fatty choices to families; watch Saturday morning television if anyone without kids doubts it.  Schools routinely offer some of the worst possible choices to students at all levels, mainly in an attempt to raise revenues.  Which of these problems should become the purview of the federal government?  President Obama says all of them:

A White House report warns, “The childhood obesity epidemic in America is a national health crisis.”

The review by the Task Force on Childhood Obesity says one out of every three children is overweight or obese. The task force is a key part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s campaign to solve the problem of obesity within a generation. President Obama ordered the comprehensive review of the issue.

First the crisis, and then the intervention:

The task force wants junk food makers and marketers to go on what amounts to an advertising diet. It says media characters that are often popular with kids should only be used to promote healthy products. If voluntary efforts fail to limit marketing of less healthy products to young viewers, the task force suggests the FCC should consider new rules on commercials in children’s programming. It also challenges food retailers to stop using in-store displays to sell unhealthy food items to children.

The advisory panel proposes better food content labeling on products and vending machines. Restaurants and vending machine companies are urged to display calorie counts. The experts say the FDA and USDA should cooperate with the food and beverage industries to develop a standard system of nutrition labeling on the front of packages. The study also suggests that restaurants should re-evaluate portion sizes, improve kids’ menus and list more healthy food choices.

The White House study says school systems should consider efforts to promote healthier food in cafeterias. One idea: “swap deep fryers for salad bars.”

Left unstated is whether the federal government will go as far as Santa Clara County, CA in banning Happy Meals, but that’s the direction in which the White House clearly wants to move.  They want to use whatever power they have to limit choices to children and adults, and interpose themselves in place of parents.  It comes as part of the same effort that led Congress to include a federal menu mandate in ObamaCare that will put small restaurant chains at a serious disadvantage to larger operations.  It puts the nanny in nanny-state government.

If the federal government wants to do anything, it should limit itself to the schools.  Cafeteria choices are limited and mostly lousy, and vending machines offer the worst alternatives to kids locked into facilities for hours on end.  Parents would do better to pack lunches and snacks, but they certainly can demand an end to high-sugar, high-fat foods on campus.  We don’t need the federal government’s involvement to do that, but since they’re already involved in what should be local decisions on education, they at least have the entree to apply pressure in the right direction.

The effort to press restaurants into “re-evaluating” portion sizes sounds voluntary, at least for the moment, but the FCC and FDA involvement does not.  The federal government has no business telling private enterprises what kind of mascots to use in advertising or restricting their ability to advertise a legal product.  Unfortunately, we have precedent with the tobacco and liquor industries, and doubtless nanny-staters will rely on that precedent.  The only problem with that argument is that Captain Crunch isn’t Joe Camel, and sugary cereals aren’t addictive.  They may be bad choices for habitual eating, but the federal government doesn’t exist to save us from a few bad choices.  If that becomes their mission, then we will have few choices left to ourselves at all, and we can stop pretending to be a free people and admit that we have made ourselves wards of the nanny-state.

When ObamaCare came up for debate, we warned that government control of health care would provide leverage for massive oversight on personal choices.  This is exactly what we can expect — with the rationalization that we end up paying for the health care costs associated with poor choices.  The proper approach would be to make everyone responsible for their own health-care costs and let that act to limit choices instead.  We need a healthy dose of Mind Your Own Business in government policy these days.

What do you think the proper level of government involvement should be?  Take the poll:


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I’d like to take a look at the menu for the White House or Congress. And let’s see some pictures of certain gov’t types who seem to need to find their way to a salad bar.

I mean, aren’t they supposed to be role models?

MamaAJ on May 11, 2010 at 3:27 PM

“Recently I asked an acquaintance in Bombay why he has been trying so hard to relocate to America. He replied, ‘I really want to move to a country where the poor people are fat.’”
-Dinesh D’Souza

thebrokenrattle on May 11, 2010 at 3:19 PM

That’s one of the things I’ve always loved about this country. Yeah, being fat isn’t really a good thing, but it’s a step up from having a poor population that’s starving.

Esthier on May 11, 2010 at 3:28 PM

Posted by JonB on MM’s site. I hope he/she doesn’t mind my “borrowing”..I just had to share this…so true….so true…

sicoit on May 11, 2010 at 3:26 PM

Have you ever read 1984? I suggest you get it and read it. Orwell was a socialist but he was on the money concerning this.

upinak on May 11, 2010 at 3:28 PM

Take the poll:

Haven’t we been taking the poll from the Obama Whitehouse for 15 months now?

Sgt. Hartman on May 11, 2010 at 3:28 PM

I’d like to say nothing, but we can’t use fatties for the military. Therefore, I said they could push for healthier food in schools, but I still think it’d be better if it was up to the states.

El_Terrible on May 11, 2010 at 3:28 PM

Do-gooder NannyCrats just can’t lay off, can they?

Let stable parents raise their own balanced kids and back the hell off, leftists.

Edouard on May 11, 2010 at 3:29 PM

The days of dodgeball and smear the queer . . .

Sleeping stretched across the back seat of the station wagon, unstrapped in.

I don’t know about “smear the queer…” – never heard of that one – but the other two are certainly good memories of childhood :-)

Good Lt on May 11, 2010 at 3:29 PM

First they came for Joe Camel…

catmman on May 11, 2010 at 3:29 PM

Or the back 9 during Poland’s loss.

Can’t you think of the interesting video we could make on this? ;)

upinak on May 11, 2010 at 3:23 PM

The Barry is so awesome eating an icy treat during riots in Iran… there’s nothing better than eating an ice cream cone while watching a woman bleed out in 30 seconds on the streets of Tehran./s

WordsMatter on May 11, 2010 at 3:24 PM

Oh yeah… While Rome burns and Michelle scolds, Obama chows down…

MeatHeadinCA on May 11, 2010 at 3:30 PM

Put the horse back in the pasture.

Have you noticed how fat the Mexicans get in America?

tarpon on May 11, 2010 at 3:30 PM

I’m far more concerned with the marketing of Marxism in the form of eco-crisis propaganda to the children.
Besides, who is it that dares to think this way when he serves as a presidential level role model for destroying their health through smoking?

Whoever gave such self-destructive habits to the “white man?” They certainly couldn’t have been very much in harmoney touch with nature – could they?

Don L on May 11, 2010 at 3:31 PM

The government screwed up the food pyramid. They over promoted fructose. They caused obesity. Having them regulate food is not a good idea.

joeindc44 on May 11, 2010 at 3:31 PM

The only thing I would support is a standard imposed on transparency. i.e. More nutritional information on what we’re eating.

It’s far to easy to make really terrible food choices in our society but it’s still our responsibility to do it. Bad food is cheap, plentiful, calorie rich, ubiquitous and has a long shelf life. The down side is you get fat and unhealthy eating it.

All I want is straightforward information on packages of food.

Dash on May 11, 2010 at 3:31 PM

I mean, aren’t they supposed to be role models?

MamaAJ on May 11, 2010 at 3:27 PM

Exactly, and that’s why Rep. Jerrold Nadler will be heading up “the war on disgusting fatbodies”.

http://nadler.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogsection&id=13&Itemid=49

NoDonkey on May 11, 2010 at 3:31 PM

El_Terrible on May 11, 2010 at 3:28 PM

Stop and think about what you just said.

1. They still take overweight people in the military and make sure they lose the wait during their training.
2. You want the government to control what you eat.
3. How about sending your kids to school with healthier food instead of having them eat what the school provides?

What a concept huh.

upinak on May 11, 2010 at 3:31 PM

The government already provides 40 million people with food stamps and the let the food stamp users purchase anything they want with them.

Why not hand out vouchers for fresh fruits, vegetables, milk and such (basically the outside aisles of the supermarket) and make it a little more like the WIC program, where the foods are dictated?

Let the government experiment with food control in one of the areas they have already infringed upon. Why start with controlling advertising and school foods?

myrenovations on May 11, 2010 at 3:32 PM

Add:

Maybe if the liberals and lawyers hadn’t outlawed things like most all the activities we used to do during gym and recess(dodgeball, red rover, kill the man with the ball, etc.) and eliminated nearly all forms of “competition” in school athletics, kids wouldn’t largely be blobs of goo.

Yet another crisis created by the liberal elite that only they can solve.

Bastages all.

RedNewEnglander on May 11, 2010 at 3:16 PM

So. On. The. Money!

Archimedes on May 11, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Oh yeah… While Rome burns and Michelle scolds, Obama chows down…

MeatHeadinCA on May 11, 2010 at 3:30 PM

America and the people here are the Pilot bread he hates.

upinak on May 11, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Yeah, being fat isn’t really a good thing, but it’s a step up from having a poor population that’s starving.

Esthier on May 11, 2010 at 3:28 PM

You presume obese or fat people to be satiated. In many ways, they are as undernourished as the hungriest pauper hunting rats in India.

I’m waiting for the fat kid to sue his parents for allowing him/her to become morbidly obese.

The Race Card on May 11, 2010 at 3:34 PM

So let me get this straight,the Government needs to tell me what I can and cannot eat? They have to stop marketing “bad” foods to Children? OK, how many children go into the market and just shop for themselves? Not talking about teens.Do their parents have any say about what they eat? Why yes, yes they do. So Michelle….you worry about your family and I’ll worry about mine, And Michelle….I would lay off the pie.

sandee on May 11, 2010 at 3:34 PM

You mean Mayor McCheese has simply been a tool of that corporate shill Ronald McDonald?

catmman on May 11, 2010 at 3:34 PM

Remember when being fat was a sign of wealth and productivity – the “rich” were portrayed commonly as fat, piggish and corpulent – stuffing themselves with fine foods and wines. What did they care? They had $$$ and could afford to eat, so they did.

Now? Being fat is on the verge of being a crime against “society.” Well, it wasn’t in the dark ages before the federal government thought it was its responsibility to monitor and enforce action against the increased BMI of individuals in the country. But hey – you’re now yoked to your neighbor, so their business just became yours and vice versa.

Don’t you feel ENLIGHTENED now, comrade? Isn’t utopia wonderful?

Good Lt on May 11, 2010 at 3:34 PM

Good Lt on May 11, 2010 at 3:29 PM

“Smear the queer” was also known as “kill the guy with the ball”. I thought “queer” was the same as weird back then.

All I want is straightforward information on packages of food.

I dunno – I eat fat crap sometimes, but not regularly and I exercise every day.

And I’m not fat. It’s not that hard and programs like this make people believe that maintaining a healthy weight is too difficult to do on your own when it’s really not.

NoDonkey on May 11, 2010 at 3:34 PM

I have a four and six year old that love broccoli (just steamed or raw), carrots, fish, chicken breast, regular Cheerios, fresh fruit, and skim milk. That’s not just a fluke, that was hard work and just saying NO a lot.

Parenting is hard work and determination. You can’t fix stupid or put it on a diet.

Laura in Maryland on May 11, 2010 at 3:34 PM

Have you noticed how fat the Mexicans get in America?

tarpon on May 11, 2010 at 3:30 PM

It’s because our parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents are always telling us to eat all of our food and be grateful because other people are starving in Mexico.

El_Terrible on May 11, 2010 at 3:35 PM

A “crisis” and “solution” like this make me wonder if Barack has to wear water wings when he takes a bath. I can’t see how he can get much stupider.

JavelinaBomb on May 11, 2010 at 3:35 PM

I don’t know about “smear the queer…” – never heard of that one

Good Lt on May 11, 2010 at 3:29 PM

think rugby with no scoring and it being 1 versus everyone else

Doctor Zhivago on May 11, 2010 at 3:35 PM

APB out on Grimace, the Hamburglar, and Mayor McCheese

cyclown on May 11, 2010 at 3:35 PM

You left out one option in the poll. Go to hell. We’re not your property.

thekingtut on May 11, 2010 at 3:36 PM

Butt the hell out of our business, Jug-eared Jesus.

How about doing something about unemployment besides extending benefits forever, quit spending money we don’t have, and stay out of our personal affairs.

This ain’t the Soviet friggin’ Union.

hillbillyjim on May 11, 2010 at 3:36 PM

You presume obese or fat people to be satiated. In many ways, they are as undernourished as the hungriest pauper hunting rats in India.

I’m waiting for the fat kid to sue his parents for allowing him/her to become morbidly obese.

The Race Card on May 11, 2010 at 3:34 PM

I’d bet that the majority of obese Americans are better nourished than the majority of starving Africans…

MeatHeadinCA on May 11, 2010 at 3:36 PM

Have you ever read 1984? I suggest you get it and read it. Orwell was a socialist but he was on the money concerning this.

upinak on May 11, 2010 at 3:28 PM

Yes I’ve read it a few times. Believe it or not, back in the day it was required reading in school. Aaaaaaahhhh, those were the days. *sigh*

sicoit on May 11, 2010 at 3:36 PM

Good Lt on May 11, 2010 at 3:34 PM

Walk around DC and you’ll be comforted to see that there are PLENTY of fat people working in the federal government. They’ll never make it a crime.

They don’t call it “Hollywood for ugly people” for nothing.

NoDonkey on May 11, 2010 at 3:36 PM

satiated
The Race Card on May 11, 2010 at 3:34 PM

I think you mean “sated.” Both work; mine works a wittle better. :razz:

The Race Card on May 11, 2010 at 3:37 PM

Water is next…

… The farmers in the Central Valley of Californis was only a test run.

Seven Percent Solution on May 11, 2010 at 3:37 PM

I think there should be a law against marketing incompetent, corrupt politicians as “change-bringing lightworkers” to the US voting population.

It’s bad for the country’s economic and cultural health, as we’re now seeing.

Who’s with me?

Good Lt on May 11, 2010 at 3:37 PM

Funny, I’ve about 10 lbs the couple of months by cutting back what I ate….and I didn’t need a government program.

Oil Can on May 11, 2010 at 3:37 PM

3. How about sending your kids to school with healthier food instead of having them eat what the school provides?

What a concept huh.

upinak on May 11, 2010 at 3:31 PM

Heh… can you imagine the inequality! ;-)

MeatHeadinCA on May 11, 2010 at 3:37 PM

2. You want the government to control what you eat.
3. How about sending your kids to school with healthier food instead of having them eat what the school provides?

What a concept huh.

upinak on May 11, 2010 at 3:31 PM

2. No I don’t. But school is part of the government, so they can choose what food they provide within. You can bring your own lunch.
3. You send your kids to school based on school boundaries. Unless you got the bling bling.

El_Terrible on May 11, 2010 at 3:38 PM

think rugby with no scoring and it being 1 versus everyone else

Hm.

Each to his own? Sounds kind of boring to me.

Good Lt on May 11, 2010 at 3:38 PM

They actually don’t really want you to make your own sex and drug choices either, that’s just words. They want to ruin your happiness in every way possible by forcing you into the worst choices possible.

petunia on May 11, 2010 at 3:18 PM

That, in a nutshell somes up Cass Sunstien’s book, Nudge

Archimedes on May 11, 2010 at 3:38 PM

You presume obese or fat people to be satiated. In many ways, they are as undernourished as the hungriest pauper hunting rats in India.

They may be undernourished, but I don’t for a second buy the idea that having too much bad food is just as bad as not having enough food.

I’m waiting for the fat kid to sue his parents for allowing him/her to become morbidly obese.

The Race Card on May 11, 2010 at 3:34 PM

And let’s completely set to rest any idea of personal responsibility.

I get that parents have an obligation there, but I may as well get to sue my parents for not making me fluent in three different languages.

Esthier on May 11, 2010 at 3:38 PM

I’d bet that the majority of obese Americans are better nourished than the majority of starving Africans…

MeatHeadinCA on May 11, 2010 at 3:36 PM

You’d win that bet.

The Race Card on May 11, 2010 at 3:38 PM

2. No I don’t. But school is part of the government, so they can choose what food they provide within. You can bring your own lunch.
3. You send your kids to school based on school boundaries. Unless you got the bling bling.

El_Terrible on May 11, 2010 at 3:38 PM

They are PUBLICLY run STATE SCHOOLS. The FEDERAL Government has NOTHING to do with them.

Do you see where I am going with this?

upinak on May 11, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Doctor Zhivago on May 11, 2010 at 3:35 PM

And yet we couldn’t wait to get the ball, just goes to show that young boys are really not sane at all.

NoDonkey on May 11, 2010 at 3:39 PM

“Smear the queer” was also known as “kill the guy with the ball”. I thought “queer” was the same as weird back then.

Ah.

It was known simply as “kill the man” growing up in South Jersey.

Good Lt on May 11, 2010 at 3:39 PM

First lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday unveiled a 70-point plan for reducing childhood obesity within a generation, including a call for marketing healthier food but stopping short of recommending regulatory action or a federal tax on sugary sodas.

That’s it–STOPPING SHORT of actually regulating school menus to be high fresh produce and real meat or tofu.

Filling the “news” with distractions over junk food?

For instance, no use discussing wazup with the “zombie satellite” as if interfering with cable tv is all that exercise is meant to involve long term.

maverick muse on May 11, 2010 at 3:39 PM

MeatHeadinCA on May 11, 2010 at 3:36 PM

Word.

catmman on May 11, 2010 at 3:39 PM

That, in a nutshell sums up Cass Sunstien’s book, Nudge

Really, I’m not that stupid. Sheesh!

Archimedes on May 11, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Heh… can you imagine the inequality! ;-)

MeatHeadinCA on May 11, 2010 at 3:37 PM

Imagine those who obviously don’t think outside of the box of government.

upinak on May 11, 2010 at 3:40 PM

Each to his own? Sounds kind of boring to me.

Good Lt on May 11, 2010 at 3:38 PM

it’s something you got to play to get. It does usually end up as a blockwide beatdown though

Doctor Zhivago on May 11, 2010 at 3:40 PM

The Race Card on May 11, 2010 at 3:34 PM

When many of these undernourished fat people are on public assistance, I don’t want to hear about it. I’ve stood in line at the grocery store behind too many fat arses with carts full of doughnuts, processed foods, instant mac & cheese, icecream, chips, and sodas…all paid for with an INDEPENDENCE card. Then I’ve had to wait while cashiers fetch cigarettes for our poor welfare queens to purchase with their “check”.

Laura in Maryland on May 11, 2010 at 3:40 PM

Leggo My EGGO!

ornery_independent on May 11, 2010 at 3:41 PM

They are PUBLICLY run STATE SCHOOLS. The FEDERAL Government has NOTHING to do with them.

Do you see where I am going with this?

upinak on May 11, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Well, actually, I think that’s why we have the Dept of Ed… we are running down a very, very slippery slope… :/

MeatHeadinCA on May 11, 2010 at 3:41 PM

they are as undernourished as the hungriest pauper hunting rats in India.

Sorry, but I’m going to call BS on this. Undernourished, sure, but not to the level of children who rely on medika mamba for survival after coming to rescue centers weighing 20 lbs at 7 years old.

In Haiti, for example, 1 in 10 children will die of hunger before the age of 10. We don’t have that issue in America.

Vera on May 11, 2010 at 3:42 PM

upinak

Independent School Districts are local and as such make the local choice to conform to state and federal standards.

maverick muse on May 11, 2010 at 3:42 PM

it’s something you got to play to get. It does usually end up as a blockwide beatdown though

If it’s “kill the man” we’re talking about, then yes.

Large melees that terrified mothers and young females alike. It was kind of fun being the guy getting killed, because if you could break a few tackles and drag a few with you or crawl out from under a huge pile-up, you were THE MAN. :-)

Good Lt on May 11, 2010 at 3:42 PM

Good Lt on May 11, 2010 at 3:39 PM

You’d be expelled for playing it today.

Hopscotch is probably verboten, nerf checkers might possibly be permitted as long as no one wins or loses and everyone wears a helmet.

NoDonkey on May 11, 2010 at 3:42 PM

Esthier on May 11, 2010 at 3:38 PM

Dear, of course I don’t support said kid suing his parents. I’m just predicting my amusement and disdain when it happens.

Personal responsibility is a wonderful thing. If more people had stricter standards thereof, obesity would not be the epidemic it has become.

The Race Card on May 11, 2010 at 3:42 PM

It’s because our parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents are always telling us to eat all of our food and be grateful because other people are starving in Mexico.

El_Terrible on May 11, 2010 at 3:35 PM

My parents always told me China. But they didn’t seem pleased when I offered to ship the kids the food I wouldn’t finish.

Esthier on May 11, 2010 at 3:42 PM

Well, actually, I think that’s why we have the Dept of Ed… we are running down a very, very slippery slope… :/

MeatHeadinCA on May 11, 2010 at 3:41 PM

*snort*

The Dept of Education couldn’t find itself out of a wet paper lunch bag.

upinak on May 11, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Do you see where I am going with this?

upinak on May 11, 2010 at 3:39 PM

On my original post I added that it should really be up to the states.

El_Terrible on May 11, 2010 at 3:43 PM

See, in Ks we did that. All junk food is banned from the machines and lunch counter. It was replaced with “nutritious” food that is twice as expensive so most of the children just dont eat it or grab cheap junk from the corner store before school. Over $3.50 a day per lunch at the high school here, and we do not qualify for reduced or free.

canditaylor68 on May 11, 2010 at 3:43 PM

NO NANNYSTATE.

TheUnrepentantGeek on May 11, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Hopscotch is probably verboten, nerf checkers might possibly be permitted as long as no one wins or loses and everyone wears a helmet.

Heh.

Good Lt on May 11, 2010 at 3:43 PM

*snort*

The Dept of Education couldn’t find itself out of a wet paper lunch bag.

upinak on May 11, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Yet, we’re dealing with a Regime that would like nothing more than to give that Dept more power…

MeatHeadinCA on May 11, 2010 at 3:44 PM

Independent School Districts are local and as such make the local choice to conform to state and federal standards.

maverick muse on May 11, 2010 at 3:42 PM

Which means I pay for them and my area actually voted on lunches. And are still going off standards that the Federal Government isn’t providing. So what happens when the State via local is doing more then the Federal can say?

Red Herring…. distractions….. I think so.

upinak on May 11, 2010 at 3:45 PM

Eric Holder just announced he and Nutpolitano have Mirandized the Hamburglar.

viking01 on May 11, 2010 at 3:46 PM

“kill the man”

We called it “tackle basketball,” which is similar to the not-quite-politically-correct Smear the Queer.

Today we’d probably be charged with hate crimes or gay-bashing.

The Race Card on May 11, 2010 at 3:46 PM

What I wish the government would do is stop subsidizing ag and quit publishing a food pyramid. Let farmers grow what the market supports, let consumers pay the real price for their food, and we would all be better off for it.

What I eat is my business and what I feed my children is also my business. I love my family, so I do my best to feed them the best way that I know how. Michelle can feed her family and let me feed mine.

TX Mom on May 11, 2010 at 3:47 PM

On my original post I added that it should really be up to the states.

El_Terrible on May 11, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Yet, we’re dealing with a Regime that would like nothing more than to give that Dept more power…

MeatHeadinCA on May 11, 2010 at 3:44 PM

My state doesn’t go with the federal Government BS. But you both already knew that. :P

upinak on May 11, 2010 at 3:47 PM

I proposed that kids be taught about the difference between free-market capitalism and socialism using sports.

Socialism could be easily illustrated by making sure that any time one team scored (in any sport), the other team gets an equal number of points/goals/etc automatically, no matter what. That way, everybody has the same score and nobody is better than anybody. And there’s no need to compete with each other, and hence, there is no need for the game. EQUALITY!

Capitalism? Just watch a hockey, football, baseball or basketball game. One team wins. The other loses. The refs don’t participate, but they can affect the outcomes of the game if they get improperly involved. The rules are the rules and don’t change depending on feelings, ability, race, etc. Everyone knows the rules and they compete accordingly. Etc.

Works pretty well to illustrate the point, I always thought.

Good Lt on May 11, 2010 at 3:47 PM

I want Obama and his fat a** wife out of my life.

BuckeyeSam on May 11, 2010 at 3:47 PM

The feds could help out by not serving grease-laden garbage in every public school…but I don’t know if there’s enough cause to regulate or remove vending machines, frivolous though they are.

While the government can’t stop Junior from bringing in unhealthy foods (that’s the parents job to MAKE them not do), it certainly doesn’t have to subsidize junk food.

Dark-Star on May 11, 2010 at 3:47 PM

MeatHeadinCA

The neoconservative established socialist federal bureaucracy of the Dept./Education (Reagan bought into) was sold to the tax paying public on the grounds that “Uncle Sam Washingtonian knew politically best” how to enforce schools to “teach” literacy while progressively removing all responsibility from the students and parents to actually home practice assignments “taught” in class by public educators until lessons are accurately “learned” by students.

The slippery slope was vesting any trust and power into Washington to fix anything. Too big to fail means when the walls come crashing down, nothing survives intact.

maverick muse on May 11, 2010 at 3:47 PM

Heh…when my kids were little (a Loooooooong time ago) they were NOT allowed junk food such as candy, soda, etc. It was a special treat for them. They learned to eat fruit, veges, etc. because they had no choice. To this day, they still eat their fruit and veges. Their special treat once a week was going for an ice cream cone.
Now my oldest son does the same with my grandchildren. Don’t tell me I didn’t do the right thing by mine Lard A$$ MichelleO’. Worry about your kids and moron husband and leave me and mine alone.

sicoit on May 11, 2010 at 3:48 PM

Dear, of course I don’t support said kid suing his parents. I’m just predicting my amusement and disdain when it happens.

Sorry, I couldn’t tell. I thought you might even be suggesting it just to screw around.

In some sense, I agree with the sentiment. TLC has a show, “Half Ton Teen” that’s all about a 19-year-old who is the fattest in the world (for his age, I believe), and his mother just keeps feeding him this stuff, partially because she needs to be needed.

What she’s doing is very harmful to her child, but she seems incapable of realizing that.

Personal responsibility is a wonderful thing. If more people had stricter standards thereof, obesity would not be the epidemic it has become.

The Race Card on May 11, 2010 at 3:42 PM

There really are so many other, even cheaper options. They just require a little discipline. But even when eating unhealthy options, it’s not automatic that you’ll get fat. It all depends on how you eat it, how much of it you eat, and what you do physically.

Suggestions like this one really bother me, because to so many people they seem like common sense, not an intrusion of the government into our private lives.

Esthier on May 11, 2010 at 3:49 PM

Now? Being fat is on the verge of being a crime against “society.” Well, it wasn’t in the dark ages before the federal government thought it was its responsibility to monitor and enforce action against the increased BMI of individuals in the country. But hey – you’re now yoked to your neighbor, so their business just became yours and vice versa.

Don’t you feel ENLIGHTENED now, comrade? Isn’t utopia wonderful?

Good Lt on May 11, 2010 at 3:34 PM

Not to mention that the BMI indexed is way skewed, Marylin Monroe according to the Guv’s BMI index is a cow. Really!

http://www.rcaffb.com/marilyn%20monroe%20(5).jpg

Archimedes on May 11, 2010 at 3:49 PM

Can’t a kid just eat his waffle?

KeepOhioRed on May 11, 2010 at 3:49 PM

If only Gubmint could cut some of it’s own fat … :/

MeatHeadinCA on May 11, 2010 at 3:49 PM

Reason 1001 why I’m glad I moved to Texas:

Texas city revives paddling

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/15/AR2010041505964.html

The parents were tired of their children’s classes being disrupted by a few misbehaving idiots.

Don’t tell Barry, he might soil his panties over it.

NoDonkey on May 11, 2010 at 3:52 PM

As to recess games, growing up, we always called it “kill the man with the ball” – though I suppose now even that would be unPC for all the two girls who might play.

Esthier on May 11, 2010 at 3:52 PM

Can’t a kid just eat his waffle?

KeepOhioRed on May 11, 2010 at 3:49 PM

Winner.

hillbillyjim on May 11, 2010 at 3:54 PM

Interesting how many people want the Government to deal with this, even though it isn’t a “Federal” issue.

upinak on May 11, 2010 at 3:06 PM

Given the weak choices for in the poll, I don’t exactly think “Demand[ing] healthier school food” is exactly asking the federal government to take over.

To say the federal government should do nothing seems a bit naive since it already regulates the food industry through the FDA. There are plenty of instances where the feds don’t “do nothing” such as food inspection and labeling.

While asking when enough is enough is a legitimate question, promoting a healthy diet and exercise should be well within the jurisdiction of the feds.

“Do nothing” is not even a realistic option.

pain train on May 11, 2010 at 3:54 PM

TX Mom on May 11, 2010 at 3:47 PM

/ But unless an Ivy League alumnus, how could any mother know better than Michelle? Given her basis for rationale, “What does this do for my kids?” one can infer that the Obama’s benefit financially from disseminating the negative propaganda given kickbacks for every position they announce, whether or not they act upon their proclamations. Don’t forget Michelle’s french fries late tonight–wake the damned chef–how dare he/she sleep! /

maverick muse on May 11, 2010 at 3:54 PM

Reason 1001 why I’m glad I moved to Texas:

Texas city revives paddling

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/15/AR2010041505964.html

NoDonkey on May 11, 2010 at 3:52 PM

Reading, writing and ‘rithmitic, taught to the tune of a hickory stick. =)

Dark-Star on May 11, 2010 at 3:55 PM

Water is next…

… The farmers in the Central Valley of Californis was only a test run.

Seven Percent Solution on May 11, 2010 at 3:37 PM

This, is unfortunately true. By merely eliminating the word “navigable” from the current law they will absolute control of ALL water. Control water, you control life! This I think already passed the house last week.

Archimedes on May 11, 2010 at 3:56 PM

Government, keep your hands off of my body.
I want my right to choose.

If I want to have an abortion and kill an innocent, unborn child that’s A-OKay! But if I want to be fat, dumb and happy, well that’s not just wrong, it’s a crisis and epidemic.

And what about folks like myself who are lucky enough to be able to eat anything we want and still stay thin and healthy? Don’t we qualify for some sort of minority status? The Man is keeping us down by not letting us eat as much as we want, of whatever we want, whenever we want.

Surely that falls under the “life, liberty and persuit of happiness” clause of the Constitution. (sarc)

Onus on May 11, 2010 at 3:56 PM

As to recess games, growing up, we always called it “kill the man with the ball” – though I suppose now even that would be unPC for all the two girls who might play.

Just see what happens to you if you try to keep a girl from playing a game like football or kill the man.

Yes. Even when you’re 8, you’re going to get a PC lecture from somebody about how it’s “wrong” to exclude little girls from a game that involves kicking, punching and roughhousing where guys all jump on each other in a scram to steal a ball from each other.

Good Lt on May 11, 2010 at 3:56 PM

Ed

I know its an unthinking, unconscious, common-sense ‘fact’ by now, but high-fat foods are not a problem. Fats, especially saturated fats are good for you. The Agri-governmental industrial complex has been lying to us for decades about the link between fat/cholestrol/heart disease.

Check google scholar for studies comparing ‘low-carb’ vs ‘low-fat’ diets to lose weight, and fat’s effect on heart health.

Its CARBS that are the problem. So yes, high-sugar is bad but fats are not. You can eat all the steak you want. This knowledge will take a decade or so to seep into the mainstream cos of the vested interests and regulatory collusion and/or inertia.

But I advise you to look into it.

flawedskull on May 11, 2010 at 3:57 PM

While asking when enough is enough is a legitimate question, promoting a healthy diet and exercise should be well within the jurisdiction of the feds.

“Do nothing” is not even a realistic option.

pain train on May 11, 2010 at 3:54 PM

What are we talking about with “promoting”

Perhaps the President encouraging people to jog once a day? (I guess GWB would have been a hero, there)

Or are we talking about Tax Credits to people that live a certain lifestyle?

MeatHeadinCA on May 11, 2010 at 3:57 PM

promoting a healthy diet and exercise should be well within the jurisdiction of the feds.

Sure, they can do that as soon as they get everything else they have on their plate finished and wrapped up in a neat bow.

Around the 10th of Never.

I mean geez, if this isn’t out of bounds, what’s next?

Your own personal guvmint employee to certify your toilet habits are federally approved? (I shouldn’t give them ideas.)

NoDonkey on May 11, 2010 at 3:58 PM

I don’t know about “smear the queer…” – never heard of that one

Good Lt on May 11, 2010 at 3:29 PM
think rugby with no scoring and it being 1 versus everyone else

Doctor Zhivago on May 11, 2010 at 3:35 PM

Heh.

Yeah, it’s just the less politically correct name for “Kill the Man With the Ball.”

RedNewEnglander on May 11, 2010 at 3:59 PM

“Do nothing” is not even a realistic option.

pain train on May 11, 2010 at 3:54 PM

How about be a PARENT. Save some money and send you kid(s) to school with a home lunch and NOT pay for the school lunches. I.E. then the GOVERNMENT can’t tell you what to do!

OT did anyone here Biden’s kid had a stroke?

upinak on May 11, 2010 at 4:01 PM

let’s approach this from the smaller side. . . What DON’T they want to control?

Willie on May 11, 2010 at 4:01 PM

Eric Holder just announced he and Nutpolitano have Mirandized the Hamburglar.

viking01 on May 11, 2010 at 3:46 PM

The ticking bomb exception doesn’t apply?

Too bad O’s administration has outlawed waterboarding.

BuckeyeSam on May 11, 2010 at 4:02 PM

Its CARBS that are the problem.

That’s a bunch of nonsense.

A healthy male, for example, engaging in strenuous physical activity needs carbs.

All of these mumbo-jumbo “studies” that contradict each other are just ways for academics to sponge govt grants.

Eat moderately and exercise and presto – you’re not fat. It’s not rocket surgery.

NoDonkey on May 11, 2010 at 4:02 PM

While asking when enough is enough is a legitimate question, promoting a healthy diet and exercise should be well within the jurisdiction of the feds.

“Do nothing” is not even a realistic option.

pain train on May 11, 2010 at 3:54 PM

But I think schools already do a good job of promoting a healthy diet and execercise. Recess, gym class, extracurricular activities have been around since I was a kid. We learned about nutrition and what vitamins do way back when. Then we’d go home and have a coke and some twinkies :) It’s the parents who need to enforce good eating habits, not the government.

scalleywag on May 11, 2010 at 4:02 PM

You’d be expelled for playing it today.

Hopscotch is probably verboten, nerf checkers might possibly be permitted as long as no one wins or loses and everyone wears a helmet.

NoDonkey on May 11, 2010 at 3:42 PM

Nice imagery, I busted a gut on that one!

Archimedes on May 11, 2010 at 4:02 PM

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