America's obesity epidemic is so deeply rooted that it will take dramatic and systemic measures - from overhauling farm policies and zoning laws to, possibly, introducing a soda tax - to fix it, the influential Institute of Medicine said on Tuesday.Come again?
Farm policies. Soda tax. Yes, yes, all common tropes we have heard from the Left before. But zoning laws?
[T]he IOM refutes the idea that obesity is largely the result of a lack of willpower on the part of individuals.Perhaps not. Indeed, in many cases there is a medical component to it, but a medical component that the individual is welcome to pursue by a visit to a doctor, not from a government employee.
This is precisely the misuse of science that so offends the Right on the subject of global climate change. Okay, maybe, if not probably, there is science to support the premise. So how do we jump to the conclusion that zoning laws need to change? This is the same if A then Z thinking that always traces back to some Progressive campaign from the 1930s.
This of course makes the Czar an obesity denier. Or it will, once the Climate crowd loans its logic to the medical crowd. Just like a degree of warmth around the poles means that Americans have to give their money to Nigerian warlords to let the UN, using American funds, build solar generators there so that the warloads, already paid by American funds, do not steal the raw materials and sell them to North Korea.
Look, the whole thing is like this: Americans are becoming obese
See? All of this can be done quite easily without any government involvement whatsoever. But if you asked the Progressives behind this study to choose: (a) eliminate obesity or (b) increase the size of the government, they will have little or no interest in (a).
As always, the latest scientific study calls for expanded government is the only news here. Obesity has nothing to do with it, and never did.