Press Release

Super Bowl Blubber

Washington, DC – Tom Brady’s Patriots may have edged out Donovan McNabb’s Eagles in their battle for NFL supremacy but both quarterbacks have lost the war against flab, at least according to the government’s standard.

This standard, called the Body Mass Index (BMI), places these athletes in the “fatties” category by only taking height and weight into consideration. A BMI over 25 means you’re overweight and over 30 means you’re obese. So, at 6’4” and 225 pounds, Tom Brady tips the BMI scale at 27. But Eagles Quarterback Donovan McNabb takes the prize at 6’2”, 240 pounds, with a BMI of 31, earning him the title of obese.

They’re in good company with many other “overweight” athletes like Super Bowl MVP Deion Branch, Lebron James, and Alex Rodriguez. All of these celebrities, and many ordinary Americans, have fallen victim to this same flawed standard which is also the basis for the government’s claim that 65% of Americans today are overweight or obese.

The fact that Tom Brady and Donovan McNabb have proven to be at the top of their game won’t stop the self-described “food police” at the Center for Science in the Public Interest and trial lawyers from putting a tape measure around their waists. They want “fat taxes” and restaurant lawsuits to force us—even Donovan and Tom—to slim down

“That so many athletes of this caliber are considered too heavy is proof that much of the so-called obesity epidemic is based on faulty assumptions and overblown statistics,” said Rick Berman, executive director of The Center for Consumer Freedom. “The government has obviously fumbled with these fat standards.”

Does the government think you’re fat? Take the test at Plug in your height and weight to get an instant verdict on how you stack up against the USA’s best athletes.

Founded in 1996, the Center for Consumer Freedom is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization devoted to promoting personal responsibility and protecting consumer choices. For more information, visit


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