Posts Tagged ‘government issues’
San Francisco Delays Vote On Controversial Toy Ban
Monday, October 25th, 2010
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to postpone the vote on the Toy Ban until November 2, Election Day.
A recent article from food.change.org by David Orr states, “Well, it’s probably just a political calculation. Outgoing Mayor Gavin Newsom has promised a veto, and only 7 of the 8 required votes to overturn a veto are secured. Putting off the vote until after Election Day could make it a little easier to vote in favor of this bill. It could also be a sort of gift to Mayor Newsom, who is currently running for Lt. Governor of the state and has been labeled by his opponent as ‘chief of the food police.’ Politics will be politics, but the important point is that this legislation has a real chance of being passed.”
Mar Asks For Two-Week Continuance On October 19th's Scheduled Vote On Controversial Toy Ban Legislation
Tuesday, October 19th, 2010
In a new sfgate.com blog post, Rachel Gordon discusses the recent events surrounding the San Fransisco Toy ban, that if passed, would take away any fast food marketing promotions in kids meals.Â According to recent reports, supervisor and creator of the controversial toy ban legislation has asked for a two-week continuance in hopes to secure a veto-proof majority.
According toÂ Rachel Gordon, Mar asked that the vote be delayed until Nov. 2, Election Day, which might be nice for Mayor Gavin Newsom, who is in a tough race for lieutenant governor.Â Newsom’s Republican opponent, Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado, has attacked Newsom for being ”chief of the food police,” referring to the mayor’s earlier efforts to curb high-sugar sodas and to promote the slow-food movement.
San Francisco Board of Supervisors to Extend Toy Ban Legislation to Include Fast Food Breakfast Items Marketed To Adults
Tuesday, October 12th, 2010
According to the Nanny State Liberation Front, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is Â not only going after kids meals, but certain breakfast items marketed to adults as well. The article states that a Sept. 27 amendment was added to the cityâs proposed Happy Meal Toy Ban ordinance. âA new category of items â breakfast items â are required to contain 0.5 cups of fruit.” Additionally, the amendment demands that the hamburger buns or other sandwich breads used in the meals must contain at least 50 percent whole wheat.
One has to wonder what the reason is for including restrictions on the breakfast meal breads seeing that adult customers do not purchase fast-food breakfast meals because of toy incentives.
Restaurants Should Not Take All The Blame â Education Needs To Be A Priority For Childhood Obesity
Wednesday, September 15th, 2010
An article onÂ thestir.cafemom.com sharedÂ opinionsÂ aboutÂ the recentÂ activitiesÂ surrounding Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.
Kim Conte,Â explained that whileÂ restaurantsÂ do have a responsibility to keep people healthy, they are not the main source of blame. Â Americanâs need to be better educated onÂ nutritionÂ and the negative effects of overeating.
“I agree that restaurants do have a responsibility to help in the effort to reduce obesity rates and get Americans eating healthier â after all, one-third of all meals today are eaten outside the home.Â But this call to arms â whether itâs coming from Obama or the PCRM â needs to be in tandem with public education on how people also share in the responsibility of making healthy food choices for themselves and their families.â
Conteâs opinion comes from aÂ newly releasedÂ video created byÂ theÂ Physicians Committee for Responsible MedicineÂ and Michelle Obamaâs speech toÂ restaurantÂ owners,Â urging them to offerÂ healthierÂ options on menus.
Yahoo! Finance Posts ObesitySolvers.com Press Release: Cutler Responds to Federal Trade Commissionâs 48 Subpoenas Issued to Companies Marketing Food to Children & Adolescents
Wednesday, September 15th, 2010
A recent press release from obesitysolvers.com which highlighted Bob Cutlerâs responseÂ to the Federal Trade Commissionâs 48 subpoenas issued to companies marketing food to children and adolescents was posted by Yahoo! Finance.
According to the press release, Bob Cutler, CEO of Creative Consumer Concepts (C3), said that the federal government should not be able to limit the rights of advertisers, consumers or anyone who wants to choose what they want to eat.
“The U.S. government is marching again to restrict our rights. These subpoenas are a sure way for the government to restrict advertisers. The result of this effort will undoubtedly be government intervention and potential regulation,” Cutler said.
First Lady Asks Restaurant Owners to Promote Healthy Menu Options for Childhood Obesity Awareness Month September 2010
Monday, September 13th, 2010
OnÂ The Hill: The Washington Scene, a new articleÂ reported that First lady Michelle Obama urged restaurant owners to re-think their menus in a speech to the National Restaurant Association in Washington D.C.
âYouâre responsible for one-third of the calories our kids get on a daily basis,â she said. âThe choices you make determine whatâs listed on the menus, whatâs advertised on billboards and whatâs served on our plates.â
The First Lady suggested owners offer a wider variety of healthier choices, as part of her âLetâsÂ Move!â campaign, as well as offering examples of how restaurants can promote healthier choices by small recipe changes.
NannyStateLiberationFront.net Reports U.S. Medical JournalSays: Obesity âCrisisâ Is Fattening Big Government
Friday, September 10th, 2010
According to a recent blog post from www.nannystateliberationfront.net, a new report appearing in an American medical journal says the federal government is exploiting the nationâs obesity âcrisisâ to âextract more money from taxpayers and to expand government.â
âThe articleâs authors note that nanny state bureaucrats have already failed in their attempts to meet self-imposed goals for reducing obesity, perhaps, because they are targeting food sources that pose no proven risk to Americansâ waistlines.
Michael L. Marlow, Ph.D. and Alden F. Shiers, Ph.D., both economists at California Polytechnic State University, write in theÂ Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons that the federal government has erred in its decision to use âsin taxesâ as its weapon of choice to win the war on obesity. The primary target of these sin taxes is sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB), despite empirical studies that do not show a clear, if at all existent, link between SSBs and obesity, the authors state:
âIt is sheer folly to single out a specific food or beverage as the âcause of obesityâ when common sense indicates that obesity is a product of genetics, hormones, food choice, exercise or lack thereof, and the basic equation: Calories consumed minus calories expended = weight gain or weight loss. If one eliminates soda pop from his diet, while consuming 10,000 calories per day and expending 1,000 calories per day in exercise, that individual will gain weight. Moreover, if government interventions somehow reduce soda consumption, it is likely that substitution will take place, such as eating more food or simply adding more sugar to home-brewed iced tea. Effects on weight are thus ambiguous at best.ââ
Instead of Calories, Scientists Claim Chemicals are the Reasons behind Obesity
Friday, August 13th, 2010
I would like to share an article from Wall Street Journal reporter Allysia Finley regarding the real cause of obesity. Some people always blame calories for everthing, however, scientists recently discovered that chemicals like phthalates and bisphenol A (BPA) might be the ultimate criminals responsible for making us fat. Phthalates are largely used in medical tubing, make-up and PVC piping; and BPA is often can often be found in bottles and food containers.
Weight-loss crazes are as American as apple pieâmake that Slim Fast shakes. But despite our countless diet fads, the obesity rate has more than doubled in the last 30 years. Perhaps that’s because Americans haven’t tried “The New American Diet,” which promises to reveal “why your weight isn’t your fault” and reverse “the obesogen effect.” Haven’t heard of the “obesogen effect”? You will soon enough.
As authors of “The New American Diet,” Stephen Perrine and Heather Hurlock are among a growing number of health gurus who blame America’s ballooning on “obesogenic” foods that masquerade as healthy. They don’t mean reduced-sugar Cocoa Puffs. Fruits, chicken breasts, canned vegetables, milk and other seemingly wholesome foods, they claim, contain insidious “obesogenic” pesticides and plastics that alter hormones and cause our bodies to store more fat. Their weight-loss secret? Eat organic “obesogen-free” food.
Some Parents Very Unhappy About McDonald's Being Blamed for Increase in Childhood Obesity
Monday, August 2nd, 2010
Here is a blog post written by Katie Loud from http://zeldalily.com/, discussing the recent attacks on McDonald’s for contributing to an increase in childhood obesity. Loud, a mother of two, believes McDonald’s is not to blame and that there should be more parental responsibility. She shares her experience of making food choices for her children and admits she occasionally allows them to have a Happy Meal.
Loud strongly believes that less focus should be placed on fast food chains and more on increasing physical activity of children. “You know, I canât help but feel that the focus is on the path of least resistance here. Itâs a lot easier toÂ point the finger at Mickey Dâs or BK for foisting junk food on our children, but I very strongly believe that the bigger emphasis should be onÂ increasing physical activity,” Loud said.
Iâm the first to admit that the trip to McDonaldâs for a Happy Meal has been a not uncommon experience for both of my daughters. Iâm very well aware that they are not the most nutritionally sound dinner options, but once in a while the little flimsy cardboard box containing McNuggets, fries, and a toy is just the way to go. The Center for Science in the Public Interest, however, is coming down hard on Happy Meals, taking the fast food giant to task for âpredatory marketing practicesâ by using cheap plastic toys to get kids eating fatty junk.
Californiaâs Santa Clara County has already taken the first step, actually banning toys from the Happy Meal package. This is in the name of combating childhood obesity,Â a cause that First Lady Michelle Obama has faced head on. As an increase in obesity rates continue, the fast food industry is facing growing pressure.
Promoting 60 minutes of regular exercise to fight childhood obesity starts at home
Monday, August 2nd, 2010
Here is a Green Bay Press-Gazette article written by Kelly McBride about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines that call for an hour of daily activity for children and adolescents. This article is a part of the Green Bay Press-Gazette’s efforts to explore the components of childhood obesity one-by-one as part of the Greater Green Bay: Where Kids Count community initiative.
The article stresses that getting children moving is an integral part of fighting childhood obesity and that this must start at home. “Activity is a huge piece to this â why we’re seeing the numbers that we’re seeing with the epidemic in this country,” said Michelle Erdmann, team leader of wellness and performance for Bellin Health, adding that change “has to start at home, with strong, active families. That’s a huge piece of it.”
There’s no question that getting kids moving is an integral part of fighting the ongoing national battle against childhood obesity. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines call for an hour of daily activity for children and adolescents, but experts say many kids are falling woefully short of that goal.
Busy lives and TV and computer “screen time” are primary culprits as too many kids get too little exercise. School gym classes and other activities can help, but doctors and health officials say meaningful change needs to begin with parents.