CAJ note: Who could have guessed that expanded government control would be just like living with your parents again!?
Feds look to regulate food similar to tobacco, with hopes of saving money on health care
The Daily Caller
The federal government has a growing interest in the eating habits of Americans for the same reason it has an interest in tobacco consumption, said Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.
The reason is money, because three-quarters of medical-spending is driven by chronic diseases, such as obesity and tobacco-related diseases, she said…
…But the press questions shifted to food labels when a reporter pressed officials about new food-labeling standards being promoted by the government.
The standards are part of a much larger push by medical professionals to regulate the food sector. The medical professionals, led by the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have allied with professional advocacy groups, such as Center for Science in the Public Interest, and with leading Democratic politicians, to blame the food-sector for increasing obesity rates in the American population, and especially among African-Americans…
…Health-care professionals say their expertise can reduce the federal government’s health-care costs, and politicians say they need professional expertise to curb the growing cost of expanding federal health-care programs…
Read the complete article at The Daily Caller.
Related: Just in case you think parenting your kids is your job, think again. Obama’s Food Police Crack Down on What You Can Choose to Feed Your Kids And What the Free Market Can Market
Before the day that the Obamas (Barry and Michelle) came into office, what you chose to feed your kids was your between you and your kids and free market capitalism was alive and well. However, that was then, and is no longer true. The Obamas’ nanny state is out to control both choice and free market capitalism … telling parents what they can feed their children by telling food manufacturers (and restaurants) what and how they can market their products to kids (thereby essentially removing the choice from the parents):
Tony the Tiger, some NASCAR drivers and cookie-selling Girl Scouts will be out of a job unless grocery manufacturers agree to reinvent a vast array of their products to satisfy the Obama administration’s food police. Either retool the recipes to contain certain levels of sugar, sodium and fats, or no more advertising and marketing to tots and teenagers, say several federal regulatory agencies.
The same goes for restaurants…