This Chronicles of Evil series isn’t going to be in order of importance; more likely, in order of when they come to the attention of our editorial gurus here at INN. The issues we’ll address in the series will be ones that give rise to the question of precisely why those in government want to take certain actions.
This question can invariably be answered with the response: “Because they’re evil.”
Attend, Gentle Reader, as we bring you The Chronicles of Evil, Volume I: The Nutrition Nazis.
On Thursday, the federal Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee released a nearly 600-page report with recommendations that include a variety of highly coercive methods designed to get Americans to eat more healthy-like.
This is of course part and parcel of the radical leftists in our government – spearheaded by the Obama administration – seeking control of more and more of Americans’ lives, right along with Obamacare, Net Neutrality, and a host of other measures they have contrived.
We saw how well Moochelle Obama’s school lunch initiative worked out (like, not); well, that was only the beginning.
Some of these DGAC recommendations include:
- Establish local, state, and Federal policies to make healthy foods accessible and affordable and to limit access to high-calorie, nutrient-poor foods and sugar-sweetened beverages in public buildings and facilities. Set nutrition standards for foods and beverages offered in public places.
- Require health insurance providers to use financial and other positive incentives to encourage and motivate health care settings and businesses to support individuals in adopting healthy behaviors and engaging, as appropriate, in nutrition and exercise counseling and comprehensive lifestyle behavior interventions.
- Incentivize businesses to establish employee health benefits plans that include access to resources and services that encourage personal health promotion and healthy lifestyle behavior changes. Support employers in using positive motivation strategies to realize these changes.
It’s likely that the reader can read between the lines here and see just how slimy and sneaky these measures would be. Where we see terms like “incentivize” and “support,” there are likely money, goodies, and tax breaks on one side, fines and fees on the other – just like Obamacare!
“But the committee cannot achieve its goals by poking around the public sector. It must, and does, outline a series of draconian steps that get the government deep into what you will be permitted to eat.
“With efforts like Michelle’s wedging open the door, the people who wrote this report, many of them academics, assume the right to interfere extensively in the private sector, and private lives. After all, it’s for your own good.”
Shall we continue?
- Improve retail food environments and make healthy foods accessible and affordable in underserved neighborhoods and communities.
- Align nutritional and agricultural policies with Dietary Guidelines recommendations and make broad policy changes to transform the food system so as to promote population health, including the use of economic and taxing policies to encourage the production and consumption of healthy foods and to reduce unhealthy foods. For example, earmark tax revenues from sugar-sweetened beverages, snack foods and desserts high in calories, added sugars, or sodium, and other less healthy foods for nutrition education initiatives and obesity prevention programs.
- Making “smart snacks” consistent with the Dietary Guidelines in schools, child care settings, parks, recreation centers, sports leagues, after-school programs, worksites, colleges and universities, healthcare, and other community settings.
- Implementing policies that limit exposure and marketing of foods and beverages high in added sugars and sodium to all age groups, particularly children and adolescents.
- Implementing economic and pricing approaches to promote the purchase of healthy foods and beverages. For example, taxation on higher sugar-and sodium-containing foods may encourage consumers to reduce consumption and revenues generated could support health promotion efforts. Alternatively, price incentives on vegetables and fruits could be used to promote consumption and public health benefits.
Each measure is more intrusive than the last. We’re talking food inspectors (in your house), fines, fees and penalties if the government decides you’re a fat bastard (or bastardette), and implications to your health care options. After all, if the government is footing the bill for your health care, they have the right to make sure you’re eating right – right?
While these are only recommendations, bear in mind that considering the tyrant in the White House and the reproductive orifices in Congress, these all could wind up as “law” by tomorrow morning.