Eating too much is a bigger problem than not having food at all — at least according to the federal government. In the new U.S. Department of Agriculture report “Food and Agriculture Policy: Taking Stock for the New Century,” the agency declares that “what Americans eat is a bigger problem than whether people get food,” CongressDaily reports. Rather than focusing on what the report terms “nutrient deficiencies,” obesity and fat consumption are the USDA’s main concern.
Sadly, this reflects the growing sentiment in the federal government that the so-called obesity epidemic is caused by poor food choices. As Dr. Rajen Anand of the agency’s food pyramid program once said: “People don’t have the knowledge or willpower to select the right kind of food.” That’s not far from “we’ll choose for you.”