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.