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The Newest Hobgoblin: Obesogens

December 29th, 2010 by Mike N · No Comments · Uncategorized

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” H.L. Mencken We have been routinely bombarded with these hobgoblins for decades: global cooling, population explosion, global warming, chemicals and obesity just to name a few. The newest one belongs to the chemical and obesity category. Since obesity is now an official disease and things with chemical sounding names regarded as prima facie evil, we are now told that obesity’s causes are to be dubbed obesogens. Check out this article from the blog “”. From the article by writer Rebekah Rast:

“What does this mean? That chemicals in the environment, newly termed obesogens, may lend a helping hand in the obesity epidemic, especially in babies and children. Studies show that these chemicals are found in the water and food supply as well as in other man-made chemicals.

As far-fetched as these new studies sound, one particular agency of the federal government is taking it very seriously — the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

An article in the New York Times stated, “U.S. EPA regulators convened with scientists last month to discuss how to design regulations for chemicals based on emerging science that connects exposures during pregnancy with disease much later in life.” Diseases including obesity.”

Between the EPA and the FDA, expect everything that could, might, maybe make you fat to be severely regulated. The premise on which the EPA and FDA are based is the notion that some men have the right to initiate force against others to achieve some noble goal.

The newly elected congress, which can refuse to fund this nonsense, can’t take office fast enough for my liking.

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