Here’s an excellent piece from the left-wing Daily Beast filled with counterintuitive information I was completely unaware of. In it, Professor Paul Campos of the University of Colorado at Boulder questions all the premises of Mrs. Obama’s anti-obesity campaign.
We don’t know if adults or children consume more calories today than they did forty years ago: Even weakly reliable statistics regarding this question don’t exist. Similarly, we don’t know if people today are less active than they were a generation ago. Nor do we know if caloric intake and activity levels have changed over the past 10 years, when the “obesity epidemic” apparently ended.
He notes that in the 1980s and 1990s – the years of the “obesity epidemic,” which actually ended a decade ago, people stopped smoking and got older, two key factors in gaining weight.
If Americans aren’t eating more than they were a generation ago, attempts to get them to eat less are especially likely to fail.
Studies do not show that giving children healthier diets helps them lose weight. Campos says that Mrs. Obama is pursuing anunproven remedy that stigmatizes fat children and can lead to the very bullying she said at a White House conference last week she wants to eliminate. The first lady has even termed these kids a national security threat, I suppose since if they join the army they’ll make easy, slow moving targets who will cause others to wrench their backs dragging them to safety after they’ve been hit..
He says the initiative is little more than fodder for conservatives who love to needle Democratic nanny state programs run amuck.
It is a deeply misguided attempt to solve an imaginary health crisis by employing unnecessary cures that in any case don’t work. As such, it is almost a parody of activist government at its most clueless.
Thanks to one of our readers, Granny Jan, for sharing this link.