If you didn’t know any better you might believe there’s an epidemic of Fat Kid Syndrome, or put in politically correct terms: childhood obesity! Many on the left are clamoring for government intervention. As I’ve posted before, the city of San Francisco had gone as far as banning Happy Meals in order to squash the gluttony. The War on Fat is upon us! Who better than the bloated, corrupt, debt burdened state to take care of the problem!
Progressives are unable to “cut the fat” when it comes to government spending, but damn the torpedoes on the fat kids eating cheeseburgers. Before anyone complains that I’m unconcerned about fat kids, it should be noted that nowhere has government intervention reduced obesity. Well, I take that back. I’m pretty sure prisons reduce obesity. Prisons outside the United States I mean. Even the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have gained weight. Oh, and let’s not forget one of the greatest wars on fat ever: the collectivization of farms in the Soviet Union shortly after the Bolshevik Revolution. It was awesome. Millions starved to death! Yeah for big government! But I digress… Julie Gunlock wrote on The Corner today about the obesity issue.
This year, Ohio State University released a major study on childhood obesity. The study revealed that only three activities help reduce childhood obesity: eating dinner at home with your family, watching less television, and getting enough sleep at night. These are all basic parental responsibilities.
Gunlock also points out that according to the Centers for Disease Control, obesity rates for children haven’t budged in over ten years. What?!?! How can this be possible in a world full of Happy Meals? There is a great deal of of hyperbole about the long term health effects of obesity.
More recent research on obesity has found only a very slight (and statistically insignificant) increase in mortality among mildly obese people, and that in fact it is underweight individuals who have a higher rate of death than those in the “healthy” weight category. [emphasis added]
I guess being too skinny is a bigger problem. Now that’s a problem the federal government can solve immediately. The State cannot force people to be good parents. My parents made me go to sleep at a regular time every night, the heartless fascists. I wasn’t allowed to eat fast food very often and we didn’t drink gallons of soft drinks, Kool-aid or whiskey. In other words, they cared.
The First Lady will claim a lot of great headlines with her obesity initiative, but little will be done to combat the real problem. The real problem is parental responsibilty.