Government to ban religion in effort to stop obesity
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.