Posted by Lambchop
New York City Mayor is on a campaign – a campaign supposedly based on health. What is interesting is that Bloomberg has not focused on obvious things that are unhealthy in New York (things that are statistically likely to actually affect a New York resident)– you know, like people getting murdered in his city, traffic accidents including auto-pedestrian accidents, robbery, rape, drug addiction, assault, suicide, domestic violence, sex trafficking, air quality, etc.
Bloomberg seems to be focused on entirely one thing: what and how much of some legal substance an individual consumes voluntarily. The question to ask is “Why?” What is Bloomberg’s magnificent obsession?
Since 2002, Bloomberg has wielded his big, swinging scepter conjoined with his compadres at the New York City Board of Health ready to provide Bloomberg with a myriad of scientific studies to bolster his conflicting actions with “scientific evidence”.
Bloomberg still claims to be a “Republican” (which is the equivalent to my claiming to be a gerbil with excellent typing skills); yet has no regard for the costs or unintended consequences of his off -the- wall regulations.
Bloomberg in 2004 began a campaign against underage drinking, including limiting advertising near schools. In 2006, Bloomberg gave restaurants 18 months to comply with a ban on transfats in restaurant food. By 2007, Bloomberg focused on calorie and nutritional counts of menus – forcing food purveyors to have them readily available to diners for each item on their menu. Bloomberg forced a salad bar initiative in New York’s public schools.
Then came the war against salt – restaurants and pre-packaged foods were also included in Bloomberg’s initiative against salt, trying to force a 25% cut in salt in all foods. Never deterred, Bloomberg went on to attack smokers – banning outdoor smoking in public areas. And, as we all know, the last year Bloomberg has been obsessed with the over 16 oz sized “sugary” sodas and sports drinks. As of this week, Bloomberg has come out in favor of breast feeding and against baby formula – proposing that hospitals “lock up” the offending formula to force new mothers to breastfeed.
What, pray tell could all of these things have in common? Oh sure, it can be argued that they are “better” for you on some level, but the reality is these individual items are relatively minor issues when it comes to general overall health. What does outdoor smoking have to do with transfats, underage drinking, and salt intake? Is it a conspiracy to force restaurants out of business? To stop individual choice and freedom? Nope.
It is a war against fat women. Bloomberg hates fat chicks. The only possible common thread with each of these bans is that they all make WOMEN fatter.
Take underage drinking. Studies show that those who drink before college age are MORE LIKELY to drink excessively in college and afterwards. Studies have also shown that the largest factor contributing to female weight gain in college (the “freshmen 15”)is – beer. Transfats also make women fatter and are more habit-forming than regular healthier types of fats/oils. Why focus on menus and calorie counts – women are 40% more likely to read nutritional labels than men. Similarly, if you can force underage girls to eat better at school (salad bars at lunch are not likely to be utilized by young boys) they will most likely grow up to be thinner adults. Salt intake = water retention. And salt intake causing water retention has been identified by Glamour Magazine as a culprit contributing to – you guessed it – female cellulite.
What about smoking – how can a ban on outdoor smoking possibly reflect Bloomberg’s open assault on fat women? Researchers at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany discovered that children of mothers who smoked were twice as likely to be obese and 43 percent more likely to be overweight than children of mothers who didn't smoke. Obesity in children has also been linked to second-hand smoke. So smoking causes fat children to grow into fat adults. What about sugary soft drinks? Everyone knows the empty calories in soda contribute to fatness.
And finally breastfeeding… why would Bloomberg decide to regulate breastfeeding? Yep – to promote his secret agenda of no fat chicks. Breastfeeding not only gives the baby an autoimmune boost - but the baby is more likely to gain weight at normal rates and decrease the likelihood of childhood obesity. More importantly, what is the benefit to the breastfeeding mother? Increased, rapid weight loss.
I rest my case.