I see the Food Police in our future......
Spearheaded by Michelle Obama, a new presidential initiative would reverse the child obesity epidemic.
Everbody agrees that eating healthier is better. But what if you can't afford healthy food? A box of pasta and a block of Velveeta is a heckuva lot cheaper than organically-grown whole grain breads and fruit imported from Asia. Not to mention the fact that the crud they put in our food has a great deal to do with our "obesity epidemic". We put bovine growth hormone into the beef cattle to make them bigger, what makes us think that when we consume the beef, it's not going to make us bigger?
Besides which, should it really be the job of the White House to monitor everybody's food?
The White House plan makes 13 recommendations for empowering parents and caregivers. Key elements of these recommendations are:
The food and beverage industry should extend its voluntary self-regulation to restrict all forms of marketing to children.** If this does not happen, federal regulation should be considered**.
"You WILL conform. If not, it could become most unpleasant for you. Verstehen Sie, Kamerad?"
Media and entertainment companies should limit licensing of popular characters to healthy food and beverage products.
Right. "Okay, kids----no more chicken nuggets and fries if you want to get the Captain Midnight figurine with the movable arms and legs; from now on, you have to eat broccoli and Brussels sprouts to get it."
Yeah, that'll work. :rolleyes:
Encourage schools to upgrade cafeteria equipment to support healthier foods. Example: Swap deep fryers for salad bars.
Please. How many kids do you know who will sit down to a nice green salad? You can provide only healthy food, but it won't do you a bit of good if the kids won't eat it.
Encourage local governments to attract grocery stores to underserved neighborhoods.
Who's going to pay for the security for these grocery stores in the "underserved neighborhoods"?
The EPA should assist communities building new schools to place them on sites that encourage walking or biking to school.
Impractical in many, many areas of the country. Not everybody lives in the city, Michelle.
Increase the number of safe playgrounds and parks, particularly in low-income communities.
Again, who's going to pay for the security to make these places safe?
All in all, I agree with a lot of what she's proposing---but an awful lot of it in an unworkable liberal pipe dream.
Just my 2¢.