Gov't panel urges ‘plant-based’ diet, taxes on sweets
By Elizabeth Harrington, Published February 20, 2015
"The federal committee responsible for nutrition guidelines is calling for the adoption of "plant-based" diets, taxes on dessert, trained obesity "interventionists" at worksites, and electronic monitoring of how long Americans sit in front of the television.
... The report is open for public comment for 45 days, and will be used as the basis by the government agencies to develop the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The guidelines are used as the basis for government food assistance programs, nutrition education efforts, and for making "decisions about national health objectives."
DGAC proposed a variety of solutions to address obesity, and its promotion of what it calls the "culture of health."
"The persistent high levels of overweight and obesity require urgent population- and individual-level strategies across multiple settings, including health care, communities, schools, worksites, and families," they said.
In response, DGAC called for diet and weight management interventions by "trained interventionists" in healthcare settings, community locations, and worksites.
"Government at local, state, and national levels, the health care system, schools, worksites, community organizations, businesses, and the food industry all have critical roles in developing creative and effective solutions," they said.
DGAC also called for policy interventions to "reduce unhealthy options," limit access to high calorie foods in public buildings, "limit the exposure" of advertisements for junk food, a soda tax, and taxing high sugar and salt items and dessert.
"Trained interventionists"? I can see it now:
Interventionist: "Excuse me, sir, I'm a government diet officer. Please put down that donut."
Interventionist: "If you don't put down the donut I'm gonna have to arrest you and take you to jail."
Me: "What? What are you talking about? Who ARE you???"
The government is going to actively intervene in all my food choices? Government is going to dictate what I can, and can't, eat? Tax my Pepsi? Tax my dessert? We're going to have local, state and federal "Diet Police"?
Welcome to the new America.
I have one thing to say to all that. Freedom of choice. MY choice, not the government's. As for the government and it's brilliant idea of regulating and controlling my food choices and my food intake: STAY THE FUCK OUT OF MY STOMACH!