February 7, 2008
Mississippi Obesity Bill dropped -- dies in committee
The bill, whose authors knew it had little chance of passage, attracted media attention from all over the world. Sponsors, including Rep. John Read, R-Gautier, said they wanted to draw attention to the obesity epidemic that plagues the state.
"Anybody with any sense knows it's not going to happen, not going to pass," Read told the Sun Herald recently. "Mississippi has been ranked the most obese state in the nation. With all the attention paid to tobacco problems, this was to shed some light on another major problem. This has been at least getting the dialogue going."
And here I thought we were supposed to be serious about legislation.
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the only secular modern state that has seriously gone about the business of dietary control in the name of medical expertise is Nazi Germany, where Party nutritionists attacked the excessive consumption of meats, fats and sweets in favour of a 'more natural' grain, vegetable and fruit-based diet, and where the Führer himself set a vegetarian example. 'Nutrition is not a private matter,' a Hitler Youth manual put it, and Germans have 'a duty to be healthy' (see Robert Proctor's fine account of Nazi dietetics in The Nazi War on Cancer, 1999).
Posted by: knewsom | Feb 20, 2008 8:02:37 PM