Round up the usual suspects. We’ve told you about the involvement of John Banzhaf of Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) in the new war against obesity. Saying “people are wondering if tactics used against the tobacco industry very successfully… could be used against the problem of obesity,” Banzhaf and his George Washington University law students are now suing McDonald’s. (Banzhaf paid himself over $175,000 from ASH funds in 2000. Now that tobacco has been squeezed, he’s looking for a new industry to bleed dry.)
But another of the groups we monitor at ActivistCash.com is now getting in on the anti-fat game. Brie Turner-McGrievy, the 26-year-old “staff dietician” for the Physicians Committee on Responsible Medicine (PCRM) — who is not a doctor — is blaming September 11 for obesity, telling People magazine that “comfort foods” are the culprit. The vegan mouthpiece then goes on to promote a buffet of non-meat, non-dairy options to readers under the guise of health advice. (The mag even shows a photo of a stern Turner-McGrievy “at home with her husband and banned foods.”) No surprise there: PCRM is an animal rights front group funded by a PETA-linked foundation, and with ties to animal rights terrorists.
Looks like the only things PCRM is doctoring are the facts.