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J. Justin Wilson
J. Justin Wilson is a Senior Research Analyst at the Center for Consumer Freedom, where he focuses on food and consumer issues. Wilson is a frequent critic of government paternalism and the “nanny state.” He is the author of An Epidemics of Obesity Myths and a frequent contributor to numerous print and broadcast media outlets.
Few tasks in the world of home cookery are as daunting as preparing the Thanksgiving meal: Multiple courses, side dishes, and the multi-hour process of perfectly roasting that turkey — let alone finding enough room in the oven and refrigerator. With so many things that can go wrong, it’s always a small miracle when mom, dad, or grandma pulls it off.
American kids are gradually getting fatter. But new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is cause for hope. Boys and girls are both eating substantially fewer calories these days than they did in 2000. Since weight management involves balancing the amount of calories in food with the amount we burn through exercise and daily life, this should yield less obesity over time.
It’s almost an American ritual: putting together a big spread of comfort foods to eat during the Super Bowl. But if you listen to anti-food activists, those bacon-wrapped franks, cheese-drenched nachos, and bleu cheese-dipped Buffalo wings aren’t comforting, they’re deadly. Listening to the scaremongering headlines, you might think that even just one night of football feasting will make you fat, then kill you.
New Yorkers have long been first to face food regulation. Last week, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s hand-picked bureaucrats voted to ban sodas larger than 16 ounces. The ban will go into effect March 12 of next year, barring a court order. And sure enough, there is an effort to increase direct regulation of consumer choices nationally.
The county of Santa Clara has finally figured out the nation’s biggest problem. No, it’s not oil spills or bomb threats in Times Square. It’s not our nation’s failing school systems or our mounting public debt.
From taxing soft drinks to banning bake sales, public health activists and dietary do-gooders have been beating us up over what we eat and drink.
Eat your peas. Finish those lima beans. Clean your plate before dessert. These are the nightly naggings of good moms. But in the near future, the federal government might be taking their place.
In an attempt to shore up New York’s $7.4 billion deficit, Gov. David Paterson is pitching a sour proposal: a “sin tax” on soft drinks that he believes could help reduce waistlines while filling politicians’ pockets.