Too Fat or Too Thin Means More Government

If you listen to liberals, children are starving in America. Of course, such a claim is to evoke guilt from the overfed who, I guess, subliminally are being accused of stealing food from the mouths of hungry children. It seems, however, that all the stories I read are abut fat people and the obesity epidemic.

A 200-pound 8-year-old Ohio boy was taken from his mother and put in foster care. This story is similar to Anamarie Regino, a 3-year-old who weighed 90 pounds. Citing health concerns officials took her from her New Mexico home in August 2000 and put her in foster care.

In 2009, 14-year-old Alexander Draper was put in foster care by South Carolina authorities when his weight hit 555 pounds.

The Los Angeles Times reports that “Childhood obesity is a growing problem in the United States. First Lady Michelle Obama has made it a priority to combat the problem, which affects 17% of children and adolescents in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

Now we learn from former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) that “obesity threatens America’s ‘national security’ because many people who join the armed forces cannot pass the physical tests required due to being overweight. He also cited a 2010 study on the problem entitled ‘Too Fat To Fight.’” The study reports the following:

Our organization recently released a report citing Department of Defense data indicating that an alarming 75 percent of all young Americans 17 to 24 years of age are unable to join the military because they failed to graduate from high school, have criminal records, or are physically unfit.

One article states that “obesity is reaching epidemic proportions. It’s the plague of the 21st century.” Can you imagine calling too much food a “plague”? Another report claims that “Approximately 72.5 million American adults are obese.” Add this number to the number of obese children and you’re looking at nearly half the population.

So where are all these malnourished children that government officials tell us that they need more of our tax dollars to feed? Don’t get me wrong, if there is a sizeable population of people who need three square meals a day, I’m ready to pitch in, but I would like to know where they are.

You would think that kids who need a higher caloric intake would join the army where they would get the needed nutrition, but they don’t seem to be doing it. We’re told that more than 45 million Americans are now on food stamps. Maybe we’re feeding the poor too much.

It seems to me that one of the best ways to solve the obesity problem in the United States is to cut the welfare rolls. Some of the states with the highest obesity rates are those with the highest food stamp recipients.