Mary Sue points to a chilling new bill, that would, well, put you know who in charge of tracking how fat we are. Of course this is “for the children”
The BMI of children 12-18 seems to be the highest priority of Congress now that they have taken charge of health care. Perish the thought they might come up with a balanced budget or do something constructive for jobs. Tracking how fat little Susie got this year is now as important as tracking terorists:
A bill introduced this month in Congress would put the federal and state governments in the business of tracking how fat, or skinny, American children are.
States receiving federal grants provided for in the bill would be required to annually track the Body Mass Index of all children ages 2 through 18. The grant-receiving states would be required to mandate that all health care providers in the state determine the Body Mass Index of all their patients in the 2-to-18 age bracket and then report that information to the state government. The state government, in turn, would be required to report the information to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for analysis.
Of course the BMI index is questionable at best, as some pro athletes have been measured as fat by its standards. But, really this is not for thechildren, or for our own god, this is about CONTROL! What if a child is deemed obese? What is the next step? How far does this go? How much will the government intervene? How quickly will they trample parental rights? As I mentioned, the BMI index is likely not the best measure of health, but, then again, if the Left can push draconian measures for questionable science on climate change………