Stay Out of My Kitchen!

Let me start out by saying I’m not one of those size 2 gals who won’t eat a Hershey’s kiss because they’re afraid they’ll gain an ounce.  I’m a normal size 12 woman who has fought against weight gain all my adult life.  I try and watch what I eat, not always successfully, but get to the gym regularly, and, for the most part, I have no aches or pains.

I know what I’m supposed to do and what I’m not supposed to do.  Unless someone’s lived under a rock for the last 50 years, everyone knows that foods high in fat and tobacco products are not good for you.  If you sit and watch tv all night with a bag of Fritos and a few cans of beer, you’re going to gain weight.  If you never do any exercise, you’re going to lose all muscle strength and have a whole lot of problems.

But, even with everything we already know, we’re still an obese country and, quite simply, people are going to do what they’re going to do.  No amount of government spending will make people healthier.  You can’t legislate good eating habits.

Michelle Obama has tried to influence the citizenry in good eating habits and exercise.  I doubt that statistics will show she’s had any overall influence on how people live their lives or raise their children.

On top of all of her efforts, I now read that billions of dollars of taxpayer money are being spent on more ridiculous programs aimed at changing the way people think about eating.

Part of Obamacare includes allocation of $500 million for something called the Prevention and Public Health Fund which has been increased by an additional $750 million in 2011.  All this money is aimed at preventing tobacco use, obesity, heart disease, stroke and cancer, etc., etc.  In all, $15 billion, yes “b” as in billion, will be allocated to this fund over the next decade.

These monies are doled out in what are called “Community Transformation Grants” or “CTGs” to fund “prevention, wellness, and public health activities.”

Here’s some examples of this wasteful expenditure of the taxpayers’ money.

$4.9 million was given to Florida to assign nutrition and physical activity consultants to child care centers and restaurants to promote healthy behaviors and limit unhealthy food choices.

$3.7 million in North Carolina to improve access and availability of healthy foods and drinks, improve product placement and attractiveness, and change the relative process of healthy vs. unhealthy items in convenience stores.

$3.6 million to California for the “Rethink your Drink Campaign” designed to get people to drink healthier alternatives such as water, milk, or 100 percent fruit juice beverages.  (I always thought fruit juices were very high in sugar and bad for your teeth.)

Nearly $1.2 million to Colorado for programs to increase sodium awareness and reduce consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages.

Sodium awareness?  Really?  We’ve known about “too much salt” in our diets as far back as the late 50s.  My mother’s doctor had her on a low-sodium diet because she used to eat those little tasteless Melba toast crackers.  So, after over 50 years, how much more do we need to know about “too much salt?”

Anyone who really wants to know about nutrition need only go to a library or go online and google Dr. Oz.  Reading one of his books is all anyone needs to do – and it doesn’t cost anything if you get his books at the library or go on his website.

If you don’t like to read, why not watch The Biggest Loser on network tv –you don’t even have to pay for cable.  Doesn’t that gal Michaels help everyone lose hundreds of pounds each season with sensible eating habits and exercise?  And her advice is free!

When I read about government wasteful spending, and I read about it every day, I have to conclude that it’s all about keeping another governmental bureaucracy, with more layers than a delicious Napoleon pastry, alive and well – at our expense.

In April, the House passed H.R. 1217 which eliminated the Prevention and Public Health Fund.  In October, the Senate reviewed the merits and necessity of the Fund and has not yet voted on the issue.  God only knows why it takes months to accomplish anything in Congress.

As far as I’m concerned, all this wasteful spending is more over-reaching by the government to try and modify our behavior.  After this $15 billion is spent trying to influence consumer behavior, nothing will change.  It’s an individual’s decision and no amount of government spending is going to have any effect on that decision.

If someone doesn’t already know that eating at McDonald’s every day is a bad thing, they’re hopeless and no amount of taxpayer money aimed at educating this clueless individual will make a difference.

Wishing you a joyous, happy and healthy New Year!

Author Bio:

For over twenty years, Leona has tried to heed her husband’s advice, “you don’t have to say everything you think.” She’s failed miserably. Licensed to practice law in California and Washington, she works exclusively in the area of child abuse and neglect. She considers herself a news junkie and writes about people and events on her website, “I Don’t Get It,” which she describes as the “musings of an almost 60-year old conservative woman on political, social and cultural life in America.” It’s not her intention to offend anyone who “gets it.” She just doesn’t. Originally from Brooklyn, and later Los Angeles, she now lives with her husband, Michael, on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest, which she describes as a bastion of liberalism.
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  • Nancye

    I tell ya what! When Michelle Obama reduces the size of her butt, maybe…just maybe…I’ll pay attention to what she says, but I doubt if I will even then.

    Gov…stay outta our lives. :(

  • Teddi

    Yes, this overreach of government is at it again. I think the government trying to influence individual health habits is probably not going to make much difference at all. But as you stated, it is not really about our health, it is really about their control over individuals’ lives. The waste of taxpayer money on ineffective “projects” seems to be never ending. This is just one of the many examples of waste.

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  • Ron F

    We will never get rid of waste in the Federal government. Waste has existed in all administrations. All Presidents fund programs with which I do not agree. George Bush committed $15 billion over 5 years to prevent HIV/Aids. I do not know if this administration is worse than previous administrations. If so, it is just a matter of degree. None of the Presidents could spend the money if it was not authorized by Congress. I have no problem with Presidents and first ladies using the bully pulpit to promote their favorite programs. I have a problem with Congress authorizing the exectutive branch to spend money on programs that are not within the enumberated powers of the Constitution. Very rarely do you see the Supreme Court hold something is unconstutional because it exceeds the enumerated powers grandted by the Constitution. I think the last case overturned a bill sponsored by then Senator Biden which imposed restriction on where guns can be sold. Neither Congress or the Executive branch will ever cede power. 10 or 15 years ago, when the Republicans passed a bill paying for the construction of state prisons. The sponsor was proud that the bill required the States to agree to requiring prisoners to serve a certain amount of sentencing. I could not understand why Republicans, the party of restraint, passed a bill to pay for state prisons and dictated to the states what sentencing laws they had to have to receive the money. It will never happen but if the Federal government was restricted to the enumerated powers, all of the other problems such as taxation and deficits would become small in comparison.