Posts Tagged ‘congress’
Former Secretary of Health and Human Services Says BMI Misdiagnoses Obesity
Friday, July 30th, 2010
Here is a Nanny State Liberation Front article about Tommy Thompson, former secretary of Health and Human Services, speaking out about new health care regulations demanding obesity ratings. Thompson fears that many Americans will be misdiagnosed and classified as obese by using BMI as the classification system.
Hereās something you wonāt hear from First Nanny Michelle Obamaās cheerleaders in the State-Run Media:
The former secretary of Health and Human Services said that using body mass as an indicator of obesity is an old and flawed science.
āAnd what Iām saying and what Iām representing is a new type of science called body composition. And body composition takes into consideration your body fat, and body fat really is a determining factor as to whether or not youāre going to become obese, whether or not youāre going to have hyper tension, whether or not youāre going to have cardiovascular problems,ā Thompson said.
Thompson said body fat is the indicator of a worsening physical condition of a person, not the body mass.
He said he fears that many Americans will be misdiagnosed and classified as obese.
The āCommentsā section of the article needs to hear from you ā the voice of reason and sanity ā to let fellow Americans know they can either join the revolution against big government bureaucrats or fall victim to them.
Tobacco Funds Shrink as Childhood Obesity Fight Intensifies
Wednesday, July 28th, 2010
The New York Time’s reported on Tuesday that more money is now being granted to the fight against childhood obesity, rather than to longstanding anti-tobacco campaigns. In 1991, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation became the largest private funding source for fighting smoking. They spent $700 million to help get Joe Camel out of advertisements, advocated for higher cigarette taxes and smoke-free air laws and aided in reducing the nationās smoking rate almost by half. A few years ago, the Foundation pledged to spend $500 million in five years on the childhood obesity fight. It was reported that they spent $58 million last year on the obesity efforts, granting only $4 million to the anti-smoking efforts.
The anti-obesity fight has full support from the White House with Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign. The administration has funded this anti-obesity initiative with $1.15 billion, which came from economic stimulus and health care reform legislation. They provided more than $200 million for tobacco-use prevention, but much more was used for the obesity fight.
These two main public health issues now seem to be competing for attention. Dr. Steven A. Schroeder, former president of the Johnson Foundation, recognizes that childhood obesity is winning that current fight for attention. āThe sad thing is, smoking, despite all the harm it does, is left pretty much an orphan,ā Schroeder said.
BMI: Body Mass falsely classifying people
Wednesday, July 28th, 2010
The Center for Consumer Freedom has taken the Government’s requirements for calculating body mass index to see what celebrities are classified as overweight and obese. The BMI calculation simply looks at a person’s height and weight. Needless to say, this government calculation is falsely classifying people.
|OVERWEIGHT: (Last number is the calculated BMI)
Barry Bonds: 6’2″: 228 lbs: 29
David Boreanaz: 6’2″: 218 lbs: 28
Tom Brady: 6’4″: 225 lbs: 27
President Bush: 5’11″: 191 lbs: 26
Nic Cage: 6’1″: 210 lbs: 28
George Clooney: 5’11″: 211 lbs: 29
Matt Damon: 5’11″: 187 lbs: 26
Johnny Depp: 5’7″: 190 lbs: 27
David Duchovny: 6’0″: 212 lbs: 29
Vin Diesel: 6’2″: 200 lbs: 26
Cheryl Ford: 6’3″: 215 lbs:27
Harrison Ford: 6’1″: 218 lbs: 29
Brendan Fraser: 6’3″: 234 lbs: 29
Richard Gere: 5’11″: 187 lbs: 26
Ethan Hawke: 5’9″: 172 lbs: 25
Hugh Jackman: 6’2″: 210 lbs: 27
Lebron James: 6’8″: 240 lbs: 26
Dale Jarrett: 6’2″: 200 lbs: 26
Bobby Labonte: 5’9″: 170 lbs: 25
Nick Lachey: 5’10″: 180 lbs: 26
Karl Malone: 6’9″: 259 lbs: 28
Dr. Phil McGraw: 6’4″: 240 lbs: 29
Mark McGuire (playing weight): 6’5″: 250 lbs: 30
Donovan McNabb: 6’3″: 240 lbs: 30
Yao Ming: 7’6″: 310 lbs: 27
Brad Pitt: 6’0″: 203 lbs: 28
Keanu Reeves: 6’1″: 223 lbs: 29
Cal Ripken: 6’4″: 210 lbs: 27
Andy Roddick: 6’2″: 197 lbs: 25
Will Smith: 6’2″: 210 lbs: 27
Sammy Sosa: 6’0″: 220 lbs: 30
Denzel Washington: 6’0″: 199 lbs: 27
Bruce Willis: 6’0″: 200 lbs: 29
Billy Zane: 6’2″: 210 lbs: 27
|OBESE: (Last number is the calculated BMI)
Mel Gibson 5’9″: 214 pounds: 32
Matt LeBlanc: 5’11″: 218 lbs: 30
The Rock (Dwayne Johnson): 6’5″: 275 lbs: 33
Arnold Schwarzenegger: 6’2″: 257 lbs: 33
Sylvester Stallone: 5’9″: 228 lbs: 34
Mike Tyson: 5’11 Ā½”: fighting weight between 218-235: 30-32
|* All height and weight measurements were obtained through an online compendium of actor data, celebrity promotional materials, and official athletic figures found through ESPN.|
BMI Measurements Do Not Solve Childhood Obesity
Wednesday, July 28th, 2010
Here is a blog post from Nanny State Liberation Front about the different tests for body mass index (BMI) that can embarrass overweight children. Some of these tests are becoming required in physical education classes and can put children in a very uncomfortable position in front of their classmates. Many children already struggle with self-esteem and fitting in with their peers and do not need a test to “prove” why they should be insecure.
Itās not enough for a fat kid with a bulging belly and triple chins to be standing right in front of an anti-obesity crusader to reach the obvious conclusion. Common sense has clearly gone out the window and, these days, itās about driving the point home to parents with āirrefutableā scientific data by subjecting their pudgy children to humiliating measuring techniques.
Most prominent of the obesity measuring tools are the Body Mass Indicator (BMI) calipers that pinch folds of fat on various parts of kidsā bodies. Anyone whoās been in gym class over the past two decades has probably come in contact with the BMI pinchers while standing in front of their classmates. And, if you were a heavy kid, chances are you didnāt feel comfortable wondering if others were looking on and laughing while the gym teacher pulled cellulite away from your extremities.
Commenting on the subject of BMI caliper tests in middle school, ābethmillerā wrote on the āShapely Proseā blog, āWhen I was in middle school they made us take the āfat testā in front of the whole class, it was one of the most embarrassing moments in my life. When I first learned that this was a legitimate ātestā I was mortified by it and then tortured with it for three years.ā
Yahoo! Posts ObesitySolvers Response to Congressman Kucinich's Proposed Bill
Friday, July 23rd, 2010
Yahoo! posted our latest press release about Congressman Dennis Kucinich’s proposed legislation that would prohibit any company from claiming a tax deduction for expenses derived from kids advertising.
Bob Cutler, CEO of Creative Consumer Concepts (C3), said that the food industry is getting singled out. “We are all for the common sense approach as long as it does not restrict free choice and embraces the idea that consumers are intelligent and capable of teaching children how to live a healthy, balanced life. Kucinich and the government should not be given the power to restrict our right to choose what we want,” said Cutler.