Phillip James, the chairman of the International Obesity Taskforce, Calls for Action
Wants a Global Pact “like the Climate change plan”Â
Obesity is an “Epidemic” that requires Government Action–NowÂ
Will Big Food join Big Oil and Big Tobacco in a New Axis of Evil?Â
First, drugs. Then, smoking.
A Call for More Government Control for the Overweight
Health groups, or Health Nazis, are more and more tipping their hands as to what the next big crusade for government laws and regulations will be: what a person eats and weighs.
Obesity needs to be tackled in the same way as climate change, a top nutritional scientist has said.
Of course, the two would seem to go hand-in-hand: a non-elected group of people or scientists calling for more government regulations and taxes and ultimately, the power to tell other people what to do.
The chairman of the International Obesity Taskforce wants world leaders to agree a global pact to ensure that everyone is fed healthy food. Professor Philip James said the challenge of obesity was so great that action was needed now, even without clear evidence of the best options.
As with other “health crusades”, action is always needed “now!”
It’s an emergency.
When the anti-drug war was begun, it was presented–as always with calls for more government control–as an emergency.
Drugs were an emergency. Concerns were raised at the time about the wisdom of government trying to control the chemical preferences of its citizens.
Those concerns were answered with stiff laws and regulations. A plethora of substances were made illegal if put in a person’s body.
More and more substances became illegal and more and more otherwise law-abiding U.S. citizens became lodged in prisons. These laws and regulations were no longer made by elected officials–who had to face voters and answer for their actions.
The creation of the Drug Enforcement Agency took care of that. When the DEA was created, no longer was it necessary to get Congress to outlaw a substance. The DEA only had to declare a substance forbidden and millions of people became outlaws.
Thanks to the U.S. War on Drugs, the United States now has the largest prison population in the world.
As more substances became illegal, frustrated anti-drug spokemen warned that the Drug Warriors would not be content with just drugs–after all, there are few substances left that haven’t been demonized, then made illegal.
“Cigarettes and smoking will be next,” predicted libertarians, among others.
Law enforcement, government agencies and ordinary people mostly scoffed.
Now, after it is illegal to smoke in many places in America, people are no longer scoffing at the power of “health groups”–unelected bodies that regulate what can and can’t be done and have the power to take your money with fines and, in many cases, put you in jail–all for what you choose to do with your body.
All this happened; first for substances (drugs) that were then legal; then for smoking, a perfectly, still-legal activity.
Of course, up until 70+ years ago, marijuana was legal, the third-most prescribed drug in America, available in many pharmacies.
Now, the over-weight are in the cross-hairs of the Health Nazis.
Professor Phillip James wants more laws, of course.
He called for stricter rules on marketing and food labelling.
The only consolation to the overweight: people take seriously the power of “health groups” and there are more voices being raised against the latest “public health problem” of obesity than when drugs and tobacco were targeted.
What Nazi program was amazingly similar in words to the a health program today?
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