Obesity costs America billions and billions of dollars each and every year.
So, in an effort to trim the fat and earn some tax dollars, America is going to war against obesity.
And, damn it, this is a war that America is determined to win.
And here’s how they’re going to do it…..starting from the top and working our way down to your local city government.
- The President has said that he is in favor of of a sin tax on soda.
- As well, he and the family have become unofficial spokespeople for both the local and organic food movements.
The Federal Government
- Obesity will likely be addressed in the new healthcare bill, but to what extent is anybody’s guess at this point.
- The CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity provides all sorts of information to help you lose weight and get in shape.
- In addition to the info, they also fund 25 states to help them combat obesity on a state level.
At the state level, the story is very similar.
- Lots of info on a gov’t anti-obesity website.
- Grants given to fat fighting municipalities.
- Sin taxes are also being discussed
- But unlike the feds, state governments are enacting anti-obesity bylaws.
On a municipal level, we get programs like Activate Omaha’s Kids
Programs designed by kind and caring people.
Programs with lots of information about how to lose weight and lists of the resources available in the community to help you actually do it.
As well, to some degree, you see municipal governments working with taxes and grants in an attempt to influence behavior.
On a personal note, up here in socialist Canada, our governments look after our each and every need (sarcasm).
Here’s what Toronto’s government is doing about making Toronto into Canada’s Fittest City.
Note – if you were actually expecting anything other than announcements and promises, I am sorry to disappoint you. Our government is just as ineffective as your government.
It’s all a bunch of crap.
Every overweight person alive knows that in order to lose weight, they need to stop doing what they are currently doing and start doing what their physically fit neighbors are doing.
Being overweight doesn’t make you stupid.
All of the money and effort being spent on information programs and taxes and websites is a complete waste unless….it is acted upon.
And that is the problem that no one is addressing.
How do we get people to actually get up off their butts and get their move on?
- We need to realize that reducing obesity is in the best interest of everyone, not just the people that need to lose weight. Lowered taxes, higher productivity, etc…
- We need to realize that overweight people really, really, really want to lose weight. For a bunch of reasons, they are just not very good at it.
- Calling them lazy isn’t going to help. It’s just going to make them sad and the next thing you know, they are drowning their sorrows in a pint of Chunky Monkey.
- We need to reduce the barriers to exercise and healthy food. Make healthy food cheaper via the redistribution of government food subsidies. Offer free community fitness classes…that’s right, I said free. Make lots of those classes available at peak hours. Offer free transit to and from the classes.
- Keep providing helpful weight loss info on those flashy gov’t websites…or just send them over to HealthHabits. your choice.
- We need to make healthy eating and exercise cool. Here’s where the gov’t can spend some money trying to brainwash us ala Canada’s 1970s Participaction ads
- We need to pay for results via tax incentives
If anyone has any other suggestions or knows of any interesting grassroots campaigns or just thinks that I am full of it, please leave a comment.
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