Skip to comments.The Newest Obesity Epidemic
Posted on 02/25/2011 1:03:32 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Americas first lady is hell bent on fighting the obesity epidemic.
For now it is focused on the nations children. She has interfered in school lunch and snack programs, and has even gotten one of the largest companies in the world, Wal-Mart, to comply with her plea to sell foods with less sugar and salt.
In a Daily Caller op-ed, Orit Sklar, spokeswoman for My food. My Choice! wrote, Now, one of the largest companies in the world is the vehicle through which all American food and health policy will flow. As Wal-Mart begins to institute the five-year plan, aimed at reducing products that do not meet the first ladys Lets Move campaigns healthy standards, the rest of the food industry will be forced to follow. Wal-Marts standards read: the first ladys standards will now be the law of the land. Skip over that pesky Congress and the FDA and go for a new model: coerced corporate control.
But with all the first ladys concern over obese children she is forgetting one often overweight market.
CBS News did a story on Americas Portly Pet Problem. Yes, following in the footsteps of their masters, more than half of Americas pets are overweight or obese. Apparently they eat too much and exercise too little, resulting in Toby the cat contracting diabetes and arthritis. What does that mean for Americas pet owners? According the CBS article, it means about a $2,000 bill to nurse your cat or dog back to health.
One can only wonder how long it will take before the government gets involved in Fido the dogs diet.
For now, technology by veterinarians and other doctors are working on the issue.
The Wall Street Journal reports, Now, new efforts are afoot to stem what many vets believe is the single most preventable health crisis facing the countrys 171 million-plus dog and cat pets. They include software for doctors to track a pets Body Condition Score, a blood test that could quickly determine animals body-fat percentage, Weight Watchers-type pet diet plans and doggie treadmills.
The difference between an overweight pet and an overweight human: rarely does a pet take itself through the drive-thru at McDonalds on a daily basis. And rarely does a pet pour his own food into his bowl. The way people eat has trickled down to how they feed their pets problem is, pets cant diet or exercise on their own.
The Wall Street Journal article goes on to say, Manufacturers arent required to list caloric content on labels unless the product bills itself as low calorie, according to the Food and Drug Administration, which says theres now a proposal circulating to change that.
It is no surprise the government is jumping on another opportunity to regulate. You would think pet owners with pet insurance policies still having to shell out $25 million to vets for obesity-related conditions in 2010, would be convincing enough to ensure their pets are being properly taken care of without the federal governments help.
No one can fix this epidemic but the pet owners themselves. This is a problem that doesnt need the governments involvement.
As Americas children take on the first ladys Lets Move initiative, theyd best take their pets on the journey as well. Otherwise pet food and animal diet regulations might be the newest items on the federal governments agenda to fully regulate all eating habits.
Nanny State PING!
It’s none of the Wookies’s business what I eat.
I don’t need to be told what I can eat by a rib-eating bubble butted black woman who cannot take her own advice.
The government didn’t feed us...and we’re still fit and trim. Stop feeding the kids so much in school. Milk and cereal is plenty. Milk, cereal, fruit, muffin....is way to much. Ridiculous.
It would be more sanitary to have these food on shelves. ;-)
IHI, IHI, ELWNHI.
Year 1: Press coverage for showing respect toward First Lady
Year 2: Meet with a few vendors, asking them to work on some sugar free or reduced sugar items
Year 3: The wicked witch is gone, drop all pretense of changing buying plan
Year 4: blank
Year 5: blank
I’ve heard that too. However, they can put the foods any place they want. It’s their store! It’s up to the individual to choose what they want to buy then go home and cook or bake it.
That was understood without saying.
Produce, meat. dairy is usually along the walls in most stores...junk foods on the shelves.
Have you checked out cereals lately? Most of them are sugar-coated ---literally.
Breads are my downfall. I loooove hot rolls especially...and they call for butter!
The perimeter of the store will always be healthier - produce-meat-dairy....grocery shelves on the inside aisles have packaged, frozen and processes items.
What I worry about with Walmart doing this scheme is Walmart holds the reigns of the manufacturers - if you want to be on their shelves you do what they tell you - alter products, etc. This trickles down to other stores with the same product mixes.
It was bad enough when Walmart ruled commodities - now it’s this darn Moose....
Wonder if we could get some WH employees to weed and tend our garden?
I have been somewhat underweight for my height all of my life. I blame it on the push to take all the fat out foods available in grocery stores. These health nuts are killing me!!! lol
Thanks for the ping!
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