Government's Place in the Kitchen

October 25, 2011
by Esther Cepeda
Washington Post Writer's Group in the Florida Times-Union


Whenever I write about what role the federal government might play in curbing obesity, people get incredibly upset about what they see as unwarranted state intrusions into private lives.

I'll spare you the furious, all-caps missives. But more than concerns about the government's general inefficiency or the feared loss of individual freedoms, the most common battle cry I hear is that diet and weight-related health issues are none of the government's darned business.

Republican strategist Karl Rove trotted out this same, tired claim in a recent Wall Street Journal column bemoaning liberals' "politics of condescension" — their lack of faith in people's ability to make the best decisions for themselves.


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