The Food Police on TV

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Fellow comedian and blogger Josh Goguen alerted me that a recent episode of Stossel dealt with obesity and the food police.  I recorded the episode, took a few clips, and added some comments in the form of subtitles and some Fat Head clips.

 

I actually find MeMe Roth more annoying than the sue-happy lawyer.   This is a woman who is obviously naturally thin.  She was born on the finish line and thinks she won a race.  So now she feels justified in telling other people how to eat, and in criticizing pretty much every overweight person in the public eye.  (You may recall when she proclaimed American Idol contestant Jordin Sparks a bad role model because of her size.)

My advice:  never take advice on losing weight from anyone who’s never had to work at it.  They have no flippin’ clue what they’re talking about.


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70 thoughts on “The Food Police on TV

  1. matt

    100% true about the inhalers. Thankfully it was about 2 yrs ago which was the same time I started supplementing vitamin d, and started my mostly sugar-free, grain-free diet, so my asthma went away along with my eczema and seasonal allergies. I bought one of the new inhalers and never got it to work, but never needed it after I bought it.

    http://www.savecfcinhalers.org – you will appreciate the movement.

    This is the kind of overkill that has given environmentalism a bad name. When I hear someone described as an environmentalist, my first reaction is now “nut-case goofball.” It shouldn’t be that way, and wasn’t at one time.

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  2. David R

    As usual they have it all wrong. People need to be accountable for their own actions not everyone else’s. Instead of taxing everyone, make health care a privilege not a right. If you are obese, smoke or do drugs…no health care for you.

    Instead of costing the rest of us billions you can pay for your own medical treatment. If you can’t afford it, well that’s too bad for you I guess. Enjoy your next life!

    Harsh? maybe… Effective? Definitely!

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  3. matt

    100% true about the inhalers. Thankfully it was about 2 yrs ago which was the same time I started supplementing vitamin d, and started my mostly sugar-free, grain-free diet, so my asthma went away along with my eczema and seasonal allergies. I bought one of the new inhalers and never got it to work, but never needed it after I bought it.

    http://www.savecfcinhalers.org – you will appreciate the movement.

    This is the kind of overkill that has given environmentalism a bad name. When I hear someone described as an environmentalist, my first reaction is now “nut-case goofball.” It shouldn’t be that way, and wasn’t at one time.

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  4. Cathryn

    I love her constant referral to “Studies show…” In my stats class, my students are forbidden to use that contrite, overused, meaningless expression without hard evidence. In other words, if they use the words “Studies show…” or “Reseach has proven…” they better have a hard copy of those studies or the research. Why do we not demand the same thing from these blowhards?

    Right now New Mexico passed what’s known as the Tortilla Tax. If you buy white flour tortillas, you will be taxed, but not if you buy the whole wheat flour tortillas. If you buy red chile, you will be taxed but not the green chile. If you buy coffee or tea you will be taxed. The state legislature is trying to force people to make better and healthier choices according the WIC program.

    *lifts a brow*

    Amazing … as if what we eat is any of their business. I think we need to start taxing legislators $500 for each new law they pass. For each one they repeal, we’ll give them $1,000.

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  5. David R

    As usual they have it all wrong. People need to be accountable for their own actions not everyone else’s. Instead of taxing everyone, make health care a privilege not a right. If you are obese, smoke or do drugs…no health care for you.

    Instead of costing the rest of us billions you can pay for your own medical treatment. If you can’t afford it, well that’s too bad for you I guess. Enjoy your next life!

    Harsh? maybe… Effective? Definitely!

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  6. Cathryn

    I love her constant referral to “Studies show…” In my stats class, my students are forbidden to use that contrite, overused, meaningless expression without hard evidence. In other words, if they use the words “Studies show…” or “Reseach has proven…” they better have a hard copy of those studies or the research. Why do we not demand the same thing from these blowhards?

    Right now New Mexico passed what’s known as the Tortilla Tax. If you buy white flour tortillas, you will be taxed, but not if you buy the whole wheat flour tortillas. If you buy red chile, you will be taxed but not the green chile. If you buy coffee or tea you will be taxed. The state legislature is trying to force people to make better and healthier choices according the WIC program.

    *lifts a brow*

    Amazing … as if what we eat is any of their business. I think we need to start taxing legislators $500 for each new law they pass. For each one they repeal, we’ll give them $1,000.

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  7. marg

    The New Mexico House of Representatives killed the WIC tortilla tax bill yesterday.

    Some sanity in the world!

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  8. Dave, RN

    That’s what frightens me about the government telling us what’s healthy. It’ll cost even more to eat healthy. I can see it now, a line on the 1040 form: “Please state the approximate square footage of chicken skin you consumed last year”.

    And please attach Form 1040-CHX “Chicken Skin Consumption Worksheet.”

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  9. Amy

    Thanks for the “heads up” about the show. Stossel should have mentioned that changes to farm subsidies in the 70s have led to an abundance of cheap corn. That means an abundance of cheap, processed food. It could be argued that the government is making us fatter. So, if government intervention is making us fatter, it makes complete sense to have the government intervene again to solve the “obesity epidemic!” 🙂

    One of the three biggest lies: we’re from the government, and we’re here to help.

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  10. Katy

    I suppose that Tim Russert and Bill Clinton and others who have been “eating right” yet then develop heart disease are exceptions to the rule, hmmm?

    I believe the preferred medical term is “paradox.”

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  11. Dave, RN

    That’s what frightens me about the government telling us what’s healthy. It’ll cost even more to eat healthy. I can see it now, a line on the 1040 form: “Please state the approximate square footage of chicken skin you consumed last year”.

    And please attach Form 1040-CHX “Chicken Skin Consumption Worksheet.”

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  12. Amy

    Thanks for the “heads up” about the show. Stossel should have mentioned that changes to farm subsidies in the 70s have led to an abundance of cheap corn. That means an abundance of cheap, processed food. It could be argued that the government is making us fatter. So, if government intervention is making us fatter, it makes complete sense to have the government intervene again to solve the “obesity epidemic!” 🙂

    One of the three biggest lies: we’re from the government, and we’re here to help.

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  13. Katy

    I suppose that Tim Russert and Bill Clinton and others who have been “eating right” yet then develop heart disease are exceptions to the rule, hmmm?

    I believe the preferred medical term is “paradox.”

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  14. mezzovoice

    I am being a little vitriolic here, but does a person whose first name ist made up of a double “ME” have any other choice than being full of herself?

    It is rather fitting, isn’t it?

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  15. mezzovoice

    I am being a little vitriolic here, but does a person whose first name ist made up of a double “ME” have any other choice than being full of herself?

    It is rather fitting, isn’t it?

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  16. mrtwilight23

    This is a symptom of the confusion and misinformation regarding what humans are meant to eat.

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