It's The Government's Fault I'm Fat!

Yes, we are fat and government better starting making more laws and controlling our lives more cause Americans are stupid without government.

The other day I was at the mall and POW out of nowhere a double cheeseburger with mayo flew in my hands. I did not know what to do, so I went to the food court and ordered fries and a 32 ounce sugar filled cola then went on my way.

By the time that I got home from my day of shopping, I was so ready to chill. I grabbed a bag of chips and plopped on the couch, watched a little cable and took a nap. When I woke, I went to the kitchen. To my surprise, my entire kitchen counter was filled with candy, cookies, chips, cakes, pies and lots of butter.

Since there was not much that I could do, I ate, drank and went back to watching cable.

Although my clothes, even my shoes, were getting tighter, I blamed that size XXL was just getting smaller. I chalked it up to cheap Chinese cloth and noted that next time I would try on XXXL just in case all designers were buying from China.

Later, I visited my Mom. We always have homemade chocolate chip cookies and coffee, but she only offered me coffee. I wanted a cookie. I asked her, “Mom, why aren’t you offering me a cookie with my coffee?”

“I’m cutting back on calories to live healthier. My knees have been hurting and I don’t sleep well,“ she said.

Her comment was stupid dumb and I wanted a cookie.

“What do you mean, Mom? We are fat because of government!”

My silly mom did not understand that Americans are fat, very fat, because it’s government’s fault. Government has not monitored businesses enough to stop the obesity (One exception is New York’s Mayor Bloomberg. He actually cares for the citizens of New York! He and his legislators have passed laws to end the 32 ounce soft drink. We need more mayors and government legislators like Bloomberg who really care).

It’s sad that people like my Mom  do not understand that it’s government's fault that America is fat. I am hoping soon that government will pass more laws to stop obesity; I have a wedding coming up and do not want to buy a dress from the maternity section.

Thank God we have government. It’s so dumb to think Americans could live without government running our lives.

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Garry Kanter September 14, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Kids are developing diabetes in horrible numbers at earlier & earlier ages. Entire generations are significantly more overweight than the preceding generations. You can deny the facts of the affects of unhealthy food and it's endless promotion. That is your prerogative. I choose to recognize those affects, and try to inform people how they are being harmed. I'm glad there are statesmen bold enough to face up to the fast food giants, and the sweet beverage giants.
Jeff September 15, 2012 at 03:45 AM
I'm glad the government stayed out of other consumer protections, like lead paint and pollution! After all, it's much more important that I got that extra 3% profit rather than worry about pesky health hazards...
Alexandra September 15, 2012 at 02:02 PM
It is still a free country, I went to college for nutrition, in fairness the low fat health craze mixed with the super sized portions is what made Americans fatter. We have both of those to blame. Throw in technology and sitting front of computers all day and presto, you have a fat society. We need to drop the low fat thing, AND the portion sizes and let the kids go outside to play! You do not see this insane low fat, crazy portion sizes in Europe, thank goodness, but they are catching up...
MZ September 15, 2012 at 02:07 PM
The government just needs to ban fat people. If there were more laws on the books banning anyone out of shape, perhaps with jail time as a threat, nobody would be fat anymore. Just like there are no mirders, theft or rapes. Perhaps the government could mandate that each and every American eat only vegetables, install cameras to monitor what people are eating, and have weekly weigh ins to make sure people aren't sneaking bad food. If that doesn't work they could outlaw sugar, trans fats, etc... I wonder if food stamps should be used for fatty foods. Perhaps the government should just feed everybody and outlaw any private purchases of any food. After all, obesity is the biggest threat to America's security. At least that is what Michelle says. It is a simple fact that we are too stupid to take care of ourselves and we need someone to make all decisions for us. The government clearly knows best. They banned drugs because they are bad and nobody uses drugs, not at all. We need more laws! Please right your congress person and demand that the government immediately ban fat people. After all, it's for the children!
Adam September 15, 2012 at 03:55 PM
I have no problem with the government making mandates and bans when it comes to helping Americans live better lives. I don't think anyone would argue that we have free will. I don't know anyone intelligent that would argue that it's the governments fault alone that we are a horribly unhealthy nation. But that doesn't mean they aren't a huge influence. These establishments make it so much easier for us to make bad decisions. People have temptation around them at every turn, and these places use it to their full advantage. A drug addict also has free will. No one is forcing them to make the wrong choice and take the drugs. So does that mean there should be no blame whatsoever put on someone making those drugs readily available? Doing everything in their power to help someone trip up, stopping just short of actually forcing the drugs into their hands? I see no difference. No one is taking away anyones right to make their own choices in this specific case. The government is making it just slightly harder to make a bad one, and in doing so, hopefully making a statement and causing awareness at the same time.
MZ September 15, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Adam, I am sure you lead a totally pure life and don't do anything that anyone might consider harmful. If that is not the case, I hope the day never comes where your "free will" is curtailed. Ever enjoy a cocktail, some people over consume. Ever enjoy a cigar, some people smoke too much. Ever get home and take a day off from working out, some people never work out. My question is where does it stop, when would you say this far and no further? Do you really think that people lacking self control won't replace banned items with something else? Go ahead and welcome government intrusion into your life. Perhaps the burocrats do know what's best for you and your family.
Garry Kanter September 15, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Within the constraints of the US Constitution, government is here to serve We The People. Not just We The Junkfood Purveyors. If We The People will benefit from greater regulation of junkfood, so be it. If not, so be it.
Beth September 16, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Do the ends justify the means? I am amazed at how many responders here are willing to give up their freedom so easily! Sure, a healthier society is better than an unhealthy one, but our founding principles are based on personal responsibility. We have allowed our government to take responsibility for our lives at the sake of giving up our freedoms.
MZ September 16, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Beth, very well said.
Jeff September 16, 2012 at 02:01 PM
I'm more concerned about the government's flagrant violations of our civil liberties (like so much of what's contained in the patriot act) than about blaming the government for making people fat. Did you know that law enforcement can get access to your historical location information from your cell phone provider without a warrant? http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Court-Warrantless-Domestic-Spying-is-AOK-120679 I think we need to take care of these civil rights issues first!
Keith Best September 17, 2012 at 02:38 PM
I want my FREEDOM................................................. I am an adult who's responsible for me. Smaller government is better government, and Obama is giving us a government we can't afford.
Fred Pierre September 17, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Yeah, now the government is going to make everybody get id cards before they can vote, the government can require you to prove your citizenship if they pull you over for a tailight violation ("I have to see your papers"), and the government will make sure your marriage is invalidated if you don't fit their profile. Luckily the government's right to indefinitely detain citizens was stripped from the 2012 defense bill.
Murphy-Solon September 17, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Why is it that the uninsured are the only citizens with rights. I've been paying an added premium on my health insurance to pay for the costs of the uninsured my whole adult life. I was not asked if I wanted to pay for the uninsured. It was mandated upon me. Now the uninsured are being told they must pay their own way and now it's all about their liberty. Well EXCUSE ME!!!
Garry Kanter September 17, 2012 at 09:36 PM
"Why is it that the uninsured are the only citizens with rights." - Murphy I wasn't aware that is the case. Links, please?
James Murphy September 17, 2012 at 10:16 PM
whine whine whine in the 30 years I have been riding my bike between 3000-5000 per year my calorie intake during the peak months is around 9000 calories per day and my weight has only increased 8 pounds in those 30 years (I am suggesting people exercise)
Jim Williams September 19, 2012 at 02:28 AM
So, to clarify: Mayor Bloomberg and NYC council bans big sodas in an effort to discourage obesity, and suddenly your freedoms are under attack? Can't you just buy several smaller drinks or more sammiches to stuff in your pie hole? All they are doing is reducing the available cup size, not your ability to drink as much as you want. Can't we find something just a little more important to argue about?
bob November 14, 2012 at 09:38 AM
or you eat to much
bob November 14, 2012 at 09:40 AM
eat more YOLO
bob November 14, 2012 at 09:40 AM
Murphy-Solon November 14, 2012 at 01:21 PM
I agree with James. I too ride my bike and have all but eliminated sugary drinks. It's a pretty simple equation: calories taken in must be roughly equivalent to calories burned. It's sad to observe a ghost town on a summer afternoon. The children are indoors. When do they get exercise?
Richard Parker February 17, 2013 at 06:35 PM
Where were you in 2001 when Bush started this ball rolling?
Traci Monroe February 18, 2013 at 01:08 PM
why is this comment still here, it's an absolute violation of Patch's terms.
Oh the stupidity February 20, 2013 at 02:19 PM
Fortunately, Kathleen O'Brien Wilhelm, you do not need the government to "make you stupid" you're doing a fine job, all on your own.
Bard February 20, 2013 at 03:50 PM
I just put a Don't Tread On Me sticker on my Buick Skylark to tell the government that if I want to eat a bucket of icing everyday, then I will. I'm going to smoke 4 packs a day to prove that there is no link between smoking and lung cancer too.
Jon Douchichev June 06, 2013 at 11:45 PM


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