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Friday, June 03, 2005

State joins shape-up program for youths

MONTGOMERY - Alabama will participate in a federal program designed to help the state keep its children slim in a state that is getting fatter.

The program - called "We Can!" - advocates more exercise, less television and less food to cut down on childhood obesity.

"It's such a serious problem," said Karen Donato, coordinator for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's Obesity Education Initiative in Bethesda, Md., a suburb of Washington.

"There was a lack of providing information for parents," Donato said. "We felt we needed to fill that niche."

"We need to act now to prevent obesity in our children," said NIH Director Dr. Elias Zerhouni in a release. "Obesity is a high priority of the NIH. This year, we will spend about $440 million on a wide range of research on this important problem."

The government would have us believe parents are incompetent at best and abusers at worst.

The government would have us believe people are too stupid to be trusted with basic decisions such as what foods to eat.

The government is jealous of the family's role in influencing the individual.

The government says the clockwork oranges have grown too plump and must be adjusted.

All hail the therapeutic state!

"If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny." - Thomas Jefferson


  • Hey, I agree with you on this issue! Government shouldn't try to raise our kids!

    However you can't compare this to laws that help keep drug addicts from using harmful substances (marijuana) legally.

    The nanny state is one thing. Enforcing neccessary drugs laws is another.

    By Blogger Daniel, at 7:10 PM  

  • Daniel-
    Thanks for your comments.
    I have to wonder what sources of information have informed your opinion of marijuana, especially since yours is an opinion that many people share.

    I believe a lot of the negative public perception of marijuana is a result of the government's deliberate campaign of demonization coupled with harm maximization.

    If we take a line from your comment and change one word, this will give you an idea of what it looks like to someone who smokes pot.

    "However you can't compare this to laws that help keep drug addicts from using harmful substances (coffee) legally".

    Thanks again for your comments.

    By Blogger Terry, at 7:08 AM  

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