An Online Journal of Political Commentary & Analysis
Volume VI, Issue # 200, September 13, 2004
Dr. Almon Leroy Way, Jr., Editor
Government Committed to & Acting in Accord with Conservative Principles
Ensures a Nation's Strength, Progress, & Prosperity
Home Page   Main Menu   Recent Articles   Site Map   Website Index   Issues & Controversies
  Cyberland University   Political Science, Philosophy, & History: Lectures   U.S. Constitution
  American Constitutional Law   American Constitutional System   American Political System
  Conservatism, Liberalism, & Radicalism   How America Goes to War
  World War IV: Islamist Terror War Against the U.S.A. & the West

By Alan Caruba

FULL STORY:   Is the day far off when the federal government will decide what you eat and how much? The assault on the personal freedoms of Americans continues unabated. First it was the decision whether to smoke or not and now it involves every piece of food you ingest.

When the government decided that obesity was “a critical health problem in this country that causes millions of Americans to suffer unnecessary health problems and to die prematurely,” your right to decide what, where, and how much to eat disappeared.

The “obesity epidemic” is a scam. The players involved in it include animal rights advocates who want to disparage consumption of beef, chicken, pork, milk, cheese, and other nutritious foods that come from animals. Others include pharmaceutical companies who are either selling or developing drugs to deal with obesity or just weight loss.

A third are radical nutrition activist groups like the Center for Science in the Public Interest who has declared that Chinese food, consumed daily by billions of people on the planet is dangerous. They also don’t like Mexican food. Or, for that matter, almost anything else people consume. Their answer to obesity is a tax on foods they dislike.

Then, of course, there are the tort lawyers who made billions suing the tobacco companies and who are lining up to begin suing restaurant chains and food manufacturers of every description.

The lies upon which the socalled “obesity epidemic” is based are largely ignored by both the government and the mainstream press upon which the public depends for information. The lies are based on statistics. The assertion is that (1) obesity causes 300,000 deaths annually in America, (2) 61 percent of Americans are overweight or obese, and (3) this is costing $117 billion annually in medical costs.

In an August, 2004, article written by David Martosko, published by The Heartland Institute, this consumer advocate revealed just how specious the statistical basis for the “obesity epidemic” really is. Martosko is the Director of Research for the Center of Consumer Freedom. Briefly, the assertion that 300,000 U.S. deaths are attributable to excess weight was disputed in the January, 1998, edition of the respected New England Journal of Medicine. In an editorial, the Journal called the data “limited, fragmented, and often ambiguous,” adding that the figure “is by no means well established.” One would literally have to assert that everyone deemed overweight died as a direct result of that condition.

The claim that obesity costs Americans $117 billion per year comes from a claim made in the March, 1998, issue of Obesity Research, a claim the authors of which admit: “We are still uncertain about the actual amount of health utilization associated with overweight and obesity.” Moreover, they did not take into account factors such as height and weight from their primary data sources! Instead, they erroneously included the economic cost of individuals with a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 29 and 30. That added ten million Americans to their estimate, many of whose weight is not fat, but muscle. With this kind of flawed thinking, Arnold Schwartzenegger is fat! The BMI standard is seriously flawed, and even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention casts doubt on it.

The extortion inflicted on the tobacco industry is likely now to be inflicted on food producers and providers. When the attorneys general in Mississippi and West Virginia decided to make a case out of their state’s Medicaid costs, they and 44 others who joined the suit reaped $240 billion in a settlement. According to the General Accounting Office, only 19 percent of this year’s $11.4 billion tobacco settlement will go to health care and smoking cessation. Fully 54 percent of the tobacco industry funds will be used to cover the state budget shortfalls due to reckless spending.

The 300 lawyers for 86 firms involved in the tobacco rip-off will pocket about $1 billion a year for helping negotiate the 25-year settlement.

It was a rip-off of the tobacco industry, and the same will occur if this bogus “obesity epidemic” is allowed to continue. Looking for a way to underwrite the new prescription-drug benefits that have been added to Medicare, states will surely seek to extort funding from food producers and providers. That means everything you eat, no matter where you eat it, will cost more. It has nothing to do with health and everything to do with ill-conceived, profligate spending programs.

Just as smokers have now been demonized, so too will fat people. Restaurants may begin to turn away any rotund person for fear of the liability of feeding them. Various kinds of foods in the supermarket will carry warning signs and, of course, higher prices. All of this and more comes down to the insatiable (no pun intended) desire of the federal government to control every single aspect of our lives and, in this case, every single decision we make regarding our health.

The government may call being overweight an illness or a disease, but it is not. It is fundamentally a personal lifestyle decision and, just as people start or stop smoking of their own volition, it is not the function of government to make such decisions for citizens. Being overweight is also a genetic condition, as one can easily see when families of overweight people gather for a picnic and two or three generations chow down together.

This nation is moving inexorably toward a cradle-to-grave philosophy of government control. What you eat and how much you eat is being targeted. You have precious little time left to tell every state and federal legislator to put a stop to this.

Liberals, Statists, Socialists, & Other Leftists

Alan Caruba is a veteran business and science writer, a Public Relations Counselor, Communications Director of the American Policy Center, and Founder of the National Anxiety Center, a clearinghouse for information about media-driven scare campaigns. Caruba writes a weekly column, "Warning Signs," posted on the Internet website of the National Anxiety Center ( A compilation of his past columns, entitled Warning Signs, is published by Merril Press. In addition to Warning Signs, Caruba is the author of A Pocket Guide to Militant Islam and The United Nations vs. the United States, both of which are available from the National Anxiety Center, 28 West Third Street, Apartment 1321, South Orange, New Jersey, 07079.

Copyright 2004 Alan Caruba

Published with Permission of Alan Caruba

Return to Top of Page


Return to Beginning of
Public Issues & Political Controversies

Return to Beginning of
Most Recent Articles

Return to Beginning of
Volume VI, 2004

Return to Beginning of
Subject Matter Highlights




Africa: Black Africa * Africa: North Africa * American Government 1
American Government 2 * American Government 3 * American Government 4
American Government 5 * American Politics * Anglosphere * Arabs
Arms Control & WMD * Aztlan Separatists * Big Government
Black Africa * Bureaucracy * Canada * China * Civil Liberties * Communism
Congress, U.S. * Conservative Groups * Conservative vs. Liberal
Constitutional Law Counterterrorism * Criminal Justice * Disloyalty * Economy
Education * Elections, U.S. * Eminent Domain * Energy & Environment
English-Speaking World * Ethnicity & Race * Europe * Europe: Jews
Family Values * Far East * Fiscal Policy, U.S. * Foreign Aid, U.S. * France
Hispanic Separatism * Hispanic Treason * Human Health * Immigration
Infrastructure, U.S. * Intelligence, U.S. * Iran * Iraq * Islamic North Africa
Islamic Threat * Islamism * Israeli vs. Arabs * Jews & Anti-Semitism
Jihad & Jihadism * Jihad Manifesto I * Jihad Manifesto II * Judges, U.S. Federal
Judicial Appointments * Judiciary, American * Latin America * Latino Separatism
Latino Treason * Lebanon * Leftists/Liberals * Legal Issues
Local Government, U.S. * Marriage & Family * Media Political Bias
Middle East: Arabs * Middle East: Iran * Middle East: Iraq * Middle East: Israel
Middle East: Lebanon * Middle East: Syria * Middle East: Tunisia
Middle East: Turkey * Militant Islam * Military Defense * Military Justice
Military Weaponry * Modern Welfare State * Morality & Decency
National Identity * National Security * Natural Resources * News Media Bias
North Africa * Patriot Act, USA * Patriotism * Political Culture * Political Ideologies
Political Parties * Political Philosophy * Politics, American * Presidency, U.S.
Private Property * Property Rights * Public Assistance * Radical Islam
Religion & America * Rogue States & WMD * Russia * Science & Ethics
Sedition & Treason * Senate, U.S. * Social Welfare Policy * South Africa
State Government, U.S. * Subsaharan Africa * Subversion * Syria * Terrorism 1
Terrorism 2 * Treason & Sedition * Tunisia * Turkey * Ukraine
UnAmerican Activity * UN & Its Agencies * USA Patriot Act * U.S. Foreign Aid
U.S. Infrastructure * U.S. Intelligence * U.S. Senate * War & Peace
Welfare Policy * WMD & Arms Control

This is not a commercial website. The sole purpose of the website is to share with interested persons information regarding civics, civic and social education, political science, government, politics, law, constitutional law and history, public policy, and political philosophy and history, as well as current and recent political developments, public issues, and political controversies.

An Online Journal of Political Commentary & Analysis
Dr. Almon Leroy Way, Jr., Editor
Conservative & Free-Market Analysis of Government, Politics & Public Policy, Covering Political, Legal, Constitutional, Economic, Cultural, Military, International, Strategic, & Geopolitical Issues

Website of Dr. Almon Leroy Way, Jr.

Government, Politics, Public Policy, Legal Issues, Constitutional Law, Government & the Economy, Cultural Values, Foreign Affairs, International Relations, Military Defense & National Security, Geopolitics, Terrorism & Homeland Security, American National Interests, Political Systems & Processes, Political Institutions, Political Ideologies, & Political Philosophy