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Pending legislation: Empowering the fat police

I always enjoy the Orwellian labels they put on bills that are introduced in Congress, such as this one: “The Healthy Choices Act“.  It has been introduced by Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI).  Essentially it is mandate on health care providers (if the state receives federal grants) to report on your child’s BMI or Body Mass Index – a measure of how fat you are:

States receiving federal grants provided for in the bill would be required to annually track the Body Mass Index of all children ages 2 through 18. The grant-receiving states would be required to mandate that all health care providers in the state determine the Body Mass Index of all their patients in the 2-to-18 age bracket and then report that information to the state government. The state government, in turn, would be required to report the information to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for analysis.

Privacy rights be damned, we’ll just collect information on your kids that will be shared with government bureaucrats.  Because, you know, childhood obesity is a “crisis”, government is now in charge of health care and they’ve decicded parents are just too damn incompetent to handle this themselves.

And anyone that thinks this is just a numbers game, think again.  Obviously it will help them determine if they’re stemming the tide of childhood obesity, but it will also identify … the “obese”.
Don’t believe me?  The outline of the act is here:

[It] would establish and fund a wide range of programs and regulations aimed at reducing obesity rates by such means as putting nutritional labels on the front of food products, subsidizing businesses that provide fresh fruits and vegetables, and collecting BMI measurements of patients and counseling those that are overweight or obese.

Unless you’re collecting the names along with the stats of those who are obese it’s rather hard to “counsel” them as required by these “regulations”.

But rest assured, says Rep. Kind’s spokesperson, we won’t make you do this:

“However, it is important to note that no one is forced to come in for a doctor’s visit to get their BMI tested.  BMI will be taken at times when the child makes an otherwise scheduled doctor’s visit.”

Why all of this?

“Making the healthy choice the easy choice for our families is essential to ensuring our quality of life,” Kind said. “I am pleased to work on legislation that helps provide the opportunities that meet the needs of busy American families.”

That’s right friends, he knows you’re just to busy to notice your kid’s fat. 

Look, this “crisis” is fairly easy to take care of.  But it requires parents do three things none of which have a damn thing to do with government:

A) be a parent.  Your kids don’t need friends, they have plenty.

B) learn the word “no” and use it frequently when it comes to certain types of food, etc.

C) throw them out of the house and tell them to go play.  Xbox and the computer are for evenings after supper (and yes I know that many will just go to a friends house and play games – see “A” and figure it out).

No, parenting isn’t easy or, many times, even fun.  But you chose to be one, so act like one.

Fat kids weren’t as prevalent in the 60s and 70s when the same commercials were playing and the same fast food restaurants were in existence.  There’s no reason for 1/3 them today to be obese.  Unfortunately since Congress granted government the power over health care costs and the charter to cut them, they’ve assumed they get to micromanage you and your kids life.  This is only a first step of many to come.

Nice, huh?


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10 Responses to Pending legislation: Empowering the fat police

  • McQ:
    Not that there aren’t a lot of kids who are “overweight” out there, but keep in mind that according to the BMI, Tom Cruise is obese.  Even if excess weight is muscle it’s still counted as fat.  Also, the food pyramid, highly pushed on all of us for decades, was conceived by a government committee, and has been implicated in making people fat by having them eat too many carbohydrates and not enough fats and proteins.  I agree that physical exertion is good for everyone, but I don’t buy the government’s premise that the BMI is a good indicator of actual obesity.
    I enjoy your blog, and make it a daily stop.  Keep up the good work!

  • Going to be interesting to see what happens when this collides head on with the self-esteem fetishists.

  • I am thinking that by the standard of BMI, eight-time Mr. Olympia Ronnie Coleman is obese.
    Anyway, this is great.  Parents are too busy and too stupid to take care of their kids, so we need all of this.  Movie ratings, ratings on music, ratings and restrictions on video games, restrictions on TV content… all of those help those poor overwhelmed parents!  Now they don’t have to worry about what their kids are eating, either.  Once we implement the nationalized dress code (which will eliminate gang violence, natch) no one will have to bother parenting at all!

  • Tax Penalties coming?  I mean, what happens if you fail to get your child into the correct BMI?  What can they do BESIDES charge you for it?  This is the new deep pockets revenue source for the future.  Better than a tax on cigarettes,  alcohol or gasoline!
    It’s bad enough that a revenue stream is one possible answer, what are the other ones?  I mean, it’s to help the dear isn’t it, how can you not want to help?
    Finally, “FOR THE CHILDREN” has potential to grow some real teeth.  How can you NOT want your child to be healthy and inside the BMI range?  Do you WANT your child to be obese?
    The social engineers will have a field day with this, there is no limit to where they can attempt to take it.

  • At various times in my life, I’ve heard the saying, “Hitler was elected.”

    I’m really starting to understand the meaning behind that statement.

    Democracy does not make people smart or virtuous: it merely gives them power.  What’s surprising is that people with power can actually abuse it not only to the detriment of others, but to THEIR OWN detriment.

    O’ course, if this was a liberal blog, we’d be reading a stream of comments about how good this sort of nanny-state regulation is because liberals actually KNOW that they are too stupid to live their own lives and take care of themselves and so actually need somebody to tell them what to do 24 / 7.

    Therefore, I propose the American Freedom Act of 2010:

    WHEREAS, a significant number of the American people find life to be too difficult, choice to daunting, and risk of any sort to be unacceptable, and;

    WHEREAS, Americans have made their federal government the greatest source of authority in their lives, responsible for every facet of their well-being from cradle to grave, and;

    WHEREAS, the lifestyle lived by many Americans, prompted by sinister, manipulative corporate advertizing, is harmful to the environment and injurious to their liberties;

    BE IT ENACTED that the President shall have the authority to declare persons to be permanent wards of the state; and that he shall have the authority to establish criteria for their feeding, clothing, and housing, and for providing them with useful labor; and that he shall have the authority to prevent their access to televisons, motion pictures, radios, books, or any other type of information that may prove distracting to them; and, finally, that land shall be set aside for the purposes of housing these people, the land being in the area of the United States bounded by the Mississippi River on the west, and the Ohio and Shenandoah Valleys in the north.

    • Dude – can we have a Danzig corrider to Gettysburg?

      • What need of corridors?  The rest of the US would be perfectly free (actually, it would probably be a damned sight MORE free once the servants PWOTS are rounded up put into protective custody).  Why should the rest of us suffer because these mamby-pambies tremble at the thought of hearing Rush Limbaugh, being duped by Ronald McDonald into eating too much, schnookered by Joe Camel into lighting up, conned into buying an SUV, or hustled by some nasty banker into taking a mortgage that they can’t afford?  Give ’em some serviceable union-made duds, three squares of organic tofu and free-trade lawn clippings per day, a small “green” shack with no central A/C or electric lighting, a copy of Earth in the Balance printed on recycled paper, and a patch of cotton to pick or a plot of tobacco to weed so they can commune with Mother Gaia, and let them live their lives free from the burdens of our eeeevil Amerikkka, bewildering, confusing, distracting information, and the prospects that they’ll be rooked – nay, FORCED – into doing something bad for themselves or the environment.

  • I find this stuff pure BS.
    My son told me that the last time they measured him at school, the under reported his height by 2 inches.  A 2 inch mistake in your height can effect your BMI moving you from fit to overweight.
    Meanwhile, I find it amusing that schools who can’t obey federal laws regarding immigration can somehow find the time to enforce federal rules regarding the food children eat.

  • Excellent irony and outstanding use of the free market.

    Just above the article on the nanny-state persecuting children for their BMI, is a leering image of Ned Lamont, nanny-state poster boy, the leftist who attacked Joe Lieberman as not left enough…

    The fool is wasting liberal dollars in a vain (and vanity-driven) cause.  I just hope you charged him enough….