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Should the Government Slap Tobacco-Style Regulations on Fatty Foods?
National Journal ^ | May 19, 2014 | Clara Ritger

Posted on 05/20/2014 12:13:30 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

If the government wants to make progress in lowering obesity rates, it needs to start regulating fatty foods much the way it does tobacco.

That's the recommendation from a pair of international health organizations pushing policies it says would answer the obesity epidemic.

Specifically, the groups recommend that the government control the way the food and beverage industry advertises, to ensure companies aren't implying unhealthy food is good for children and adults. Additionally, they advise governments to require statements on food packaging about how high or low the content of salt, saturated fat, and sugar is in relation to dietary guidelines. On a broader scale, the organizations call for a reversal of food policy, calling on taxes for unhealthy foods and subsidies for healthy ones.

Consumers International and World Obesity Federation are presenting the global framework this week to the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.

Ultimately, the groups say governments should remove artificial trans fats from all food within five years of their guidelines being adopted.

Much of the policy would face a difficult, if not impossible, path to passage in the U.S. Congress, but the groups did have one suggestion that is already being put into place. The groups recommend that restaurants be required to post calorie information about their food—a requirement already being implemented in the U.S. as part of the Affordable Care Act.

Global deaths related to obesity have risen from 2.6 million in 2005 to 3.4 million in 2010, according to the organizations.

More than 1.4 billion adults are overweight and at risk of negative health consequences, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer, according to 2008 statistics from the World Health Organization.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: nannystate; obesity; regulations; tobacco

1 posted on 05/20/2014 12:13:30 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: SheLion; Eric Blair 2084; -YYZ-; 31R1O; 383rr; AFreeBird; AGreatPer; Alamo-Girl; Alia; altura; ...

Global Nanny State PING!


2 posted on 05/20/2014 12:14:07 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Of COURSE bacon is good for you!!!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Fatty foods don’t cause obesity.

Carbs do.

Remember the Fed’s Food Pyramid that suggested everyone eat lots of pasta?

People did, and got fat.

A moderate amount of fat makes you feel full and tells your body to stop eating. Carbs give you a blood sugar spike, get stored, and make you crave another blood sugar hit.

Stop the madness!


4 posted on 05/20/2014 12:17:37 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Mohammed was a Child Rapist and Islam is a Totalitarian Death Cult.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Low saturated fat diets don’t curb heart disease risk or help you live longer

Date:

March 5, 2014

Source:

BMJ-British Medical Journal

Summary:

Diets low in saturated fat don’t curb heart disease risk or help you live longer, says a leading US cardiovascular research scientist. And current dietary advice to replace saturated fats with carbohydrates or omega 6-rich polyunsaturated fats is based on flawed and incomplete data from the 1950s, argues the author. Dietary guidelines should be urgently reviewed and the vilification of saturated fats stopped to save lives, he insists.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140305191429.htm


5 posted on 05/20/2014 12:20:06 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Mohammed was a Child Rapist and Islam is a Totalitarian Death Cult.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

If they use the magical incantation, “It’s for the children”, I will have no choice but to go along. /sarc


6 posted on 05/20/2014 12:20:09 PM PDT by Dalberg-Acton
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
And I bet you thought the Moochelle school lunches were just going to be mandatory for public school kids......

Nope, now that the government has a financial stake in your health (see Obamacare), they are going to do whatever it takes to make sure you take good care of government property (that would be your body) and the Supreme Court has ruled they can essentially penalize you for doing (or even not doing)anything they decide.

7 posted on 05/20/2014 12:20:52 PM PDT by apillar
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I thought bloomturd banned trans fats.


8 posted on 05/20/2014 12:21:38 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Of COURSE bacon is good for you!!!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

You’re right.


9 posted on 05/20/2014 12:22:19 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Yes,why not? I didn’t see many objections to the obscene cigarette taxes.

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10 posted on 05/20/2014 12:22:56 PM PDT by Mears
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

“Should the Government Slap Tobacco-Style Regulations on Fatty Foods?

Uh...not just “no”, but “hell, no!”

We need the gubmint to get back inside the Constitution’s very small box and get the hell out of our lives.


11 posted on 05/20/2014 12:23:25 PM PDT by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2016; I pray we make it that long.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
***Much of the policy would face a difficult, if not impossible, path to passage in the U.S. Congress,...***

No problemo, kemosabe! The President will just issue another unconstitutional executive order. Or the FDA or some unelected, unaccountable, and faceless alphabet agency will issue their own regulations. Then send in their own SWAT teams to anyone who doesn't comply.

12 posted on 05/20/2014 12:23:35 PM PDT by MichaelCorleone (Jesus Christ is not a religion. He's the Truth.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

What, you mean like banning them from restaurants?


13 posted on 05/20/2014 12:23:52 PM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics
http://www.thincs.org/index.php

This is an excellent site to get the other side of the scientific debate (yes, there is a debate!) about cholesterol, fat and heart disease


14 posted on 05/20/2014 12:25:54 PM PDT by Madam Theophilus
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To: Uncle Miltie

Amen to the last two posts. I have neighbors who have been told by their doctor to eat high carb cereal to get their whole grain in the morning and one high carb banana a day. They drink only low fat milk and he does not like vegetables or fruit. He will not eat eggs in the morning for fear his cholesterol goes up because he believes that lie too so he is on meds for diabetes and the meds are not helping. He is getting worse. She has heart problems.


15 posted on 05/20/2014 12:27:13 PM PDT by sheikdetailfeather (Yuri Bezmenov (KGB Defector) - "Kick The Communists Out of Your Govt. & Don't Accept Their Goodies.")
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To: Uncle Miltie

Amen to the last two posts. I have neighbors who have been told by their doctor to eat high carb cereal to get their whole grain in the morning and one high carb banana a day. They drink only low fat milk and he does not like vegetables or fruit. He will not eat eggs in the morning for fear his cholesterol goes up because he believes that lie too so he is on meds for diabetes and the meds are not helping. He is getting worse. She has heart problems.


16 posted on 05/20/2014 12:27:13 PM PDT by sheikdetailfeather (Yuri Bezmenov (KGB Defector) - "Kick The Communists Out of Your Govt. & Don't Accept Their Goodies.")
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Exactly .... and the “obesity epidemic” in this country began with the advent of the ‘low-fat’ craze/era.


17 posted on 05/20/2014 12:27:42 PM PDT by Qiviut (Obama: A Caesar at home & a Chamberlain abroad, dividing the country & uniting the world against us.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
No. Make recommendations if they want but no laws.
Leave the final decision up to the consumer.
Libs have a problem trusting regular folks, except with abortions.

18 posted on 05/20/2014 12:37:27 PM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

If they want to tax obesity causing foods, start with sugary foods, starchy foods, pretty much all carbs that aren’t fiber, including fruits. Then they can go onto the trans fats that have been pushed onto the American public. Leave saturated fats alone. For that matter, leave everyone alone, and leave their food alone. Government without limits is evil out of control.


19 posted on 05/20/2014 12:39:03 PM PDT by pallis
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To: Uncle Miltie; sheikdetailfeather
To gaslight an entire society you have to get them to keep silent. You have to convince people that everyone sane believes what you do. Those other people? Oh, those are fringe voices, those are crazy and/or stupid. The good people are all with us. - Sarah A. Hoyt

Gaslighting - According to Hoyt
http://accordingtohoyt.com/2014/05/16/gaslighting/

Gaslighting
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3157198/posts

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They're gaslighting us on fats versus carbs.

20 posted on 05/20/2014 12:40:27 PM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: Mears

Yep, a contingent of FReepers have empowered the tyrants, now they will get to reap the rewards. Sadly, we will all get to reap the rewards.


21 posted on 05/20/2014 12:49:27 PM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Trans fats really are very, very toxic.

Apart from that, bring on the bacon. Bring back beef tallow, coconut oil, and lard.


22 posted on 05/20/2014 12:51:23 PM PDT by oprahstheantichrist (The MSM is a demonic stronghold, PLEASE pray accordingly - 2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
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To: CSM
Should the Government Slap Tobacco-Style Regulations on Fatty Foods?

Should the American people slap government for regulations on fatty foods?

I like mine better.

5.56mm

23 posted on 05/20/2014 12:52:39 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: Mears
I didn’t see many objections to the obscene cigarette taxes.

Try and pry the McNuggets out of the cold, dead hands of the ghetto dwellers. This time it won't be so easy.


24 posted on 05/20/2014 12:58:58 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: PubliusMM
We need the gubmint to get back inside the Constitution’s very small box and get the hell out of our lives.

Can we slap the same type of regulations on politicians for bloated government?

25 posted on 05/20/2014 12:59:05 PM PDT by VRW Conspirator (Global Warming is caused by illegal immigrants!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

No.

But I’d like to see them ban all the fat nurses.


26 posted on 05/20/2014 1:13:03 PM PDT by polymuser
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The federal government has no business, as those that can’t keep their noses out of their neighbor’s business (like that old bat in a TV commercial), have no business getting into my personal business.


27 posted on 05/20/2014 1:32:29 PM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I think the government should suggest to tobacco makers that they introduce fatty foods on tobacco. I think I’d really enjoy a bacon flavored cig or a tamale 100, unfiltered, of course.


28 posted on 05/20/2014 1:37:58 PM PDT by CARTOUCHE (I unfriend you. Do the same for me so we can crash Facebook and put that social blight to bed.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
This makes as little sense as regulating our beverage choices - it's not the proper role of government in (what used to be) a free society.

They can have my Bacon Double Greaseburger and my Big Gulp when they pry them from my cold dead hands.

29 posted on 05/20/2014 3:25:34 PM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Make all fat illegal; violations punishable by death.


30 posted on 05/20/2014 4:11:11 PM PDT by Rudder
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Jeepers. Thanks for the ping!


31 posted on 05/20/2014 6:04:05 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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