Food Police State

The problem for me is not that Congress classified pizza as a vegetable, but that it was voting on the issue at all.

The House of Representatives dealt a blow to childhood obesity warriors on Thursday by passing a bill that abandons proposals that threatened to end the reign of pizza and French fries on federally funded school lunch menus.

The scuttled changes, which would have stripped pizza’s status as a vegetable and limited how often French fries could be served, stemmed from a 2010 child nutrition law calling on schools to improve the nutritional quality of lunches served to almost 32 million U.S. school children.

The action is a win for the makers of frozen French fries and pizza and comes just weeks after the deep-pocketed food, beverage and restaurant industries successfully weakened government proposals for voluntary food marketing guidelines to children.

Predictably, nutrition Nazis freaked out, claiming that Congress “betrayed our children.”  But as I sit here eating my delicious pizza, I have trouble seeing how their solution–more government regulations–would actually solve the obesity problem.  The problem should be dealt with by schools, communities, and parents, not Congressmen, Senators, and bureaucrats.

The federal government should not be making so many decisions about how we carry out our lives.  Leave us alone, Uncle Sam.  We know how to live our lives better than you do.  The food police may not see it that way, but I’d rather live in an obese America than in a food police state.

About Josh Kaib

Josh Kaib, a junior at American University, is President of AU College Republicans.
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