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Rantings of a Crazed Soccer Mom
Friday, 6 May 2005
The Right to Eat As Much As You Want
Lately I've been noticing big splashy advertisements on television and in magazines for the Center for Consumer Freedom. Very high sounding name, right? It bills itself as "a nonprofit coalition of restaurants, food companies, and consumers working together to promote personal responsibility and protect consumer choices." Well, who can object to that?

If you go to their website Center for Consumer Freedom you'll find a ton of articles telling you that everything you ever thought you knew about nutrition is wrong. Obesity does not cause near as many deaths as the Center for Disease Control claims, studies have shown that there's no real gain in drinking milk or eating vegetables, and there are lots of bad people (the Food Police) who are trying to force their misguided nutrional values on all of us.

Although it's non-profit, clearly it's all about profits. These are restaurant owners and food producers. (For more information click here: Independent News) Obviously, they want people to keep coming to their restaurants and buying their food. The more people eat, the more money they make.

Lately, groups who seem to have no problems at all are claiming to be persecuted. Conservative Christians loudly proclaim their values are under attack. Now the obese say the food police are after them.

As far as I can tell, you are still free to walk into your local Wal-Mart, fill your cart full of Doritos, Little Debbie's, Cherry Coke and Tombstone Pizza. As long as you pay for it, no one's going to stop you. You won't be asked for an ID, there are no limits to how much junk food you can buy. You can tell everyone within earshot, that you intend to eat all of it yourself right there in the car and no one will call the Food Police.

Yes, there's a great deal of discrimination against fat people and overeating. I make an effort to eat the so-called healthy foods, although they do seem to change from year to year. (When in doubt, eat brocoli) and we very rarely buy chips or sugared soda. Maybe, I've been brain washed by the food police.

But I will tell you this. When I worked as a patient registration clerk at the Dearborn County Hospital, every person who came in with Type II diabetes (and we had a lot of them) was always overweight. No coincidence.

Posted by judy5cents at 10:37 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, 6 May 2005 10:40 AM EDT
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Friday, 6 May 2005 - 11:04 AM EDT

Name: aksach
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I'm a fellow Zumayan and am visiting other Zumaya Blogs in preparation for the authors tour.
Regarding your current entry. . . For 8 years I worked at the Portland Zoo. . . in the nursery. We took care of baby animals the moms rejected but we also did wild animals people found in their backyards and such. The zoo has an animal nutritionist and our treatment consisted of fixing any wounds or broken bones and then giving them a good diet (as determined by the nutritionist) and vitamins. Let me tell you, the animals would have miracle transformations after a couple of weeks on vitamins and good food. It was enough evidence for me:)
Arlene Sachitano
Chip and Die
Zumaya Publications Oct 2003

Monday, 9 May 2005 - 1:23 PM EDT

Name: Nancy Nichols

How about returning sugar production to the "free market"? Subsidies to U.S. agribusiness both increase the national debt and undermine the economies of other countries. Let's get rid of all subsidies to sugar producers.

Seems like a win-win.

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