Big Brother is watching you eat

The DGAC guidelines are used by a host of federal agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration, Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Health (NIH), and Center for Disease Control. Many of these policies will have little or no impact on your life.

But make no mistake. The DGAC is actively dreaming up ways for the government to meddle in your diet.

A look through the transcript of last week’s hearing reveals the word “policy” (or “policies”) appears 42 times. The word “tax” appears three times. And the word “regulation” appears 13 times. The words “meat,” “salt,” “soda,” “sugar,” and “trans fats” came up countless times in the context of things you really should be eating less frequently.

One of the most nefarious things I’ve seen about the DGAC recommendations so far is the suggestion that the government involve itself in the lives of obese people by sending them regular text messages. (I’ve dubbed this this the DGAC’s “Chubby Checkers” program.)

This texting—and the data collection necessary to facilitate it—could be an unprecedented intrusion of government into the daily lives of Americans. It flies in the face of food freedom.