When you hear those words, you need to run as fast as possible in the opposite direction. Every time.
Recently the Institue of Medicine came out with a report on obesity and what to do about it. You can read about it here. The most frightening part of the report is recommending government action to combat the problem. One of their prime “solutions” to the problem is taxing sugary sodas at a penny per ounce. So you your Big Gulp of toxic HFCS would now be 44 cents more expensive. Really? 44 cents is going to disuade somebody from drinking their liquid crack? I do not like it when the government gets involved with taxing things to alter behavior. For one thing, those dummies blame fat for cardiovascular disease, so what is to stop them from imposing a tax on fat as well? Impossible, you say? Ask your favorite Dutchman how impossible that is. The thing is, that the government has been so wrong every since the McGovern Commission came out with their misguided guidelines, I really don’t want them taxing anything to alter my behavior.
That brings me to another interesting aspect of the article I linked to above. It gives the stat that adult obesity has more than doubled since 1980. Hmmmmm. Doesn’t that coincide with the government’s recommendation to eat more hearthealthywholegrain (it has morphed in to one word)? Could it be that their advice to eat less and move more was incorrect from the start? But you will never see them admit they were wrong. They have 30 plus years invested in giving us this wrong-headed advice to eat foods that spike insulin and make you eat more.
Something else you won’t see them do is stop the madness with subsidies to Big Ag. Ever wonder why it’s cheaper to buy a twinkie than it is to buy real food at the farmer’s market? Its because the crap that is in the twinkie is subsidized heavily by the government (and therefore your tax dollars) so the manufacturer doesn’t pay the real cost for the ingredients (wheat and HFCS). That means they can pass those lower costs to the consumer. You want to fix the obesity epidemic? Easy. Get the government out of the subsidy and advice business and let people make their own choices.