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Obesity Politics Quiz

Please put your books away and prepare for a pop quiz. The Center for Consumer Freedom has been warning you about outrageous proposals to combat the so-called “obesity epidemic” for years. See if you can tell which of the following ten developments are genuine (if ridiculous), and which are made up:

1) A British member of Parliament advocates the establishment of a “national food tsar” to combat obesity.

2) A lawsuit seeks to ban the sale of Oreo cookies to children.

3) A state legislator introduces a bill to slap extra taxes on video games and television ads to prevent obesity.

4) A statewide policy prevents schoolchildren from sharing treats that they bring from home.

5) The Public Health Director of an industrialized nation backs an “anti-fun tax,” which could see restrictions on restaurant portion sizes and ensure TV chefs don’t whip up high-fat recipes.

6) Columnists in major American newspapers call for a tax on fat people.

7) An Ivy League professor proposes eliminating “businesses selling food within a certain distance of schools.”

8) Legislation is introduced that would mandate giant warning labels on menu boards: “Eating Fatty Foods May Lead to Obesity.”

9) Lawyers seeking to cash in on America’s flab promote the fat tax system of Sri Lanka.

10) One nation’s health ministry urges a minimum legal age for buying or eating so-called “junk food.”

This is a self-graded quiz. And it’s easy to see how well you did, since all ten are genuine. Unfortunately, the war against fat — and the resulting loss of personal freedoms and individual responsibility — is just beginning. As groups like the Center for Science in the Public Interest whip up super-sized hysteria, public policy “solutions” will become even more draconian.

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