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Government to ban religion in effort to stop obesity

In case you didn't already know, this is not healthy.

Two recent articles have popped up in the news these past couple of days about fat people and the government’s continuing effort to try and educate them on the reasons they’re fat.  The articles also reveal the government’s continued effort to both waste my money and annoy me at the same time.  The most alarming part of the articles, however, is the obvious implication for religious folks. 

Yesterday, the LA Times provided everyone with yet another example of the FDA having way too much time on its hands. 

The nation’s cinema operators are fuming about proposed federal rules that could require them to disclose the calories in their concession food — including popcorn, a highly profitable item for theater chains.

Uh oh, now everyone is going to find out that their giant popcorn covered with salt and that liquid butter stuff is unhealthy.  Honestly, does anyone think popcorn isn’t bad for your health?  Anyone?  Hello?

‘If a movie theater is going to be serving people with 1,000-calorie tubs of popcorn, the least they could do is tell people about it,’ said Margo Wootan, director of nutrition policy at the Center [for Science in the Public Interest]. ‘Just because you happen to be doing something else while you’re eating doesn’t mean that those 1,000 calories won’t stop going to your waistline.’

No.  The only reason you would need to tell someone that they’re eating 1,000 calories is if there’s also a sign that says, “of course it’s low in calories.  it’s made from corn.”  And then it would be better to simply remove the sign. 

Oh, and what does “Happen to be doing something else” mean?  Unless we’re talking about one of those theaters in the not-so-nice part of town, I’m pretty sure that the “something else” is limited to using your other hand to raise the Icee to your mouth, and then put it down again; and no one thinks that activity is going to keep those 1,000 calories from going to their waist.  Right?  Is this country really full of that many stupid people?  (Obviously a rhetorical question.  Afterall, some guy did actually convince a jury of his peers that he was completely unaware that inhaling smoke into his lungs for decades, while coughing, was a bad idea).

By the way, did you catch the insane profits movie theaters make on their popcorn?   

‘We sell a bucket of popcorn for about $6. Our cost in that $6 bucket of popcorn is about 15 cents or 20 cents. So if that cost doubles, it doesn’t really hurt me that much.’

Holy crap!  Liberals should stop whining about monopolies in the oil industry, and start whining about monopolies in the movie theater popcorn industry. 

Even more disturbing than the stupid calorie disclosure, however, is the government’s new-found obsession with fat people, and the effect it just might have on the religious folks out there.

[A]n unusual new study has found that people who regularly attend religious activities are 50 percent more likely to battle obesity by middle age.

Don’t panic (yet).  Scientists don’t know why religious people are more likely to add a spare tire (or two).  But they have their suspicions:

‘We don’t know why frequent religious participation is associated with development of obesity,’ said Matthew Feinstein, the study’s lead investigator and a fourth-year student at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. ‘It’s possible that getting together once a week and associating good works and happiness with eating unhealthy foods could lead to the development of habits that are associated with greater body weight and obesity.’

Stinkin’ happiness.  It looks like those cookies during fellowship are training our minds to associate happiness with eating high calorie treats.  Jeez, I wonder how much government funding that study received?  In any event, the reasoning seems a little less than air-tight.  However, I do have a message to all of my brothers and sisters: watch out, because the government is coming for your ham buns.

  1. March 25, 2011 at 7:52 PM

    that was funny. thanks for the shout-out to the dutch folks. we love our ham buns!

  2. March 31, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    hello, are you Pennsylvania Dutch? Pennsylvania Dutch love to eat too. As for having the government tell you what to eat, and telling you you’re fat, when was it any business of the government to tell you what to eat? Okay, maybe it would be better for people, if they ate healthier.

    But who the heck wants their government to get into their health and nutrition business, which is their private life, and tell them forcibly what to eat? I’m a very health conscious individual, and I used to be a semi vegetarian, and I eat lots of vegetables and fruit, and even I don’t want the government to tell anybody what to eat. if anybody’s going to advise me on my diet and health, it’s my doctor.

    If I want to eat yogurt, or if I want to eat hamburgers, it’s none of their business, anymore than it is, to tell me that I can’t have an abortion. Guess what, guys, it’s MY BODY, not the federal government’s!unless you start paying for all my food bills, it’s none of your damn business. Sorry about the swearing.

    As for religious people getting together, and having food to eat, I’ll tell you how that influenced. Okay, any time you get together with folks, it’s much more likely that people will have potlucks and have food get-togethers. Even desserts.

    Okay, guys, this is NORMAL. This is NORMAL ACTIVITY that people do. It is not abnormal.it’s not just religious people; for example, my sister is in a jewelry and beading club in a big city, not a religious group. They have get-togethers and club meetings, and they have plenty of food, fattening and otherwise all the time. And, yes they do have people who are battling their waistlines. But it is not because of their RELIGION. It is because they have club meetings and they like to eat together. And, they like to cook and bake.

    I’ll give you one more example; I used to work with comic books and cartooning, particularly with women artists, and after we published a book, we would celebrate by having a big potluck. Or, a big party, those happened a lot too. Well guess what, we had plenty of food and plenty of fattening food also. And I am pretty sure that writing and drawing comic books is not a RELIGION.it is called PUBLISHING.

    So as far as I’m concerned, it is probably just because there are lots of religious groups, they’d get together, have potlucks, and cook and bake.well that also goes for clubs, and people who publish, or have hobbies,who are absolutely not religious at all.I think it is because human beings, when they get together to celebrate, or be sociable, like to have food to do that.

    It is considered being SOCIABLE, not RELIGIOUS. Look at weddings for example. Look at the food and dining at weddings; because they’re all together, having a good time celebrating, they are going to have some really good and fattening food to go along with that. And no, it does not have anything to do with religion, it has to do with getting together, being sociable, and celebrating.and eating is often part of that. It is just the human experience.

  3. Sad :(
    April 10, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    I’m sad now. When I read the title I actually thought something was being done about religion.

  4. John
    April 27, 2011 at 7:10 AM

    The reason the government is trying to control what we eat is so they can decide who to give medical care to when obamacare is finalized. They can deny to cover you if your obese. Its the same with smoking cigarettes. The government will leave the obese and the smokers and the older population behaind. And give money to people who dont deserve it.

  5. April 29, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Dorothy, you’re my new favorite poster. The Dutch comment was made because I’m of Dutch heritage, and at my church potlucks, we eat lots of ham-buns. You shouldn’t take me too literally.

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