Big Government (page 60)

Take Two: A Tax On Fat (People)?

Last month a New York Times column seriously proposed that the federal government should slap an extra tax on fat people. Yesterday The Washington Post aired the same…
Posted August 11, 2003 at 12:00 am

A Tax On Fat (People)?

Last month we told you about some of our most ridiculous ideas for what health nannies might one day propose to combat the “obesity epidemic” — including excise…
Posted July 16, 2003 at 12:00 am

West Virginia: Home Of Food Nannies

The “wild and wonderful” state of West Virginia is planning a new campaign urging residents to reduce their soda consumption. Nidia Henderson, wellness manager at the…
Posted June 2, 2003 at 12:00 am

French Fat

Don’t you just love governments that regulate your excesses? Greg Critser does. The author of Fat Land has published a column in The New York Times praising the…
Posted May 22, 2003 at 12:00 am

A Binding Anti-Obesity International Treaty?

The front page of today’s Washington Post (along with at least 74 other major papers) announced that the Bush Administration would support the Framework…
Posted May 19, 2003 at 12:00 am

I’m From the Government, and I’m Here To … Hey! Put Down That Cookie!

In the name of teaching kids responsibility and the importance of making good choices, states and localities across the country have stripped students of the ability and responsibility to…
Posted May 12, 2003 at 12:00 am

Tennessee Legislation Targets Girl Scout Cookies, Bake Sales, Vegetables

To Connecticut, Texas, and Kentucky, add Tennessee to the list of states deliberating over-the-top legislation to combat childhood obesity. A bill under consideration…
Posted April 16, 2003 at 12:00 am

How Much Dietary Fiber Is In Your Barbeque?

Maine and New York have been considering legislation that would mandate nutrition labeling on menus and menu boards. And now a bill introduced by a…
Posted March 25, 2003 at 12:00 am

Big Brother is Watching Your Waistline

“Remember that scene from 1984 where Winston Smith is hectored by a grim woman on the other side of the view screen for insufficient vigor in touching his toes?” asks…
Posted January 8, 2003 at 12:00 am