UK Parents can no longer be trusted to feed their kids | Freedomwatch

UK Parents can no longer be trusted to feed their kids | Freedomwatch

Over the weekend a British government adviser recommended schools ban packed lunches that kids bring to school because of concerns they are fuelling obesity. According to a report in the UK’s Telegraph: [T]eachers should prevent pupils bringing their own lunches into school – and ban them from visiting fast food outlets – amid continuing fears over the state of children’s diets. via UK Parents can no longer be trusted to feed their kids | Freedomwatch.

Nanny Statists Advocate Food Rationing: Not A Joke

Nanny Statists Advocate Food Rationing: Not A Joke

When I wrote earlier today about the food police, I thought wanting to ban phone apps and rare burgers was rather extreme, but nothing compares to this. Rachel Davey, the Director of the taxpayer-funded Centre for Research & Action in Public Health at the University of Canberra has just written a piece in the taxpayer funded The Conversation arguing not just for the usual policy clap trap of banning advertising and introducing fat taxes, but has actually gone so far as to advocate food rationing. That’s right, food rationing. She…

Beware The Food Police!

Beware The Food Police!

We have long argued that food is the new frontier for the fun police, and the nanny statists have certainly been busy these last few days seeking to impose their radical conformist ideological agenda onto the rest of us. Today’s News.com.au reports that nanny statists are calling for a ban on fastfood smartphone apps, claiming that teens become… wait for it… addicted to it! That’s right, that universal catch-all cry of the nanny statists “addiction”, is now being applied not just to food, but to phone apps! There is not even a pretence any…

More Addiction Mythmaking Hits Bookshelves

More Addiction Mythmaking Hits Bookshelves

The Center for Consumer Freedom reports: The latest gambit of the food police to get people to give up their freedom to choose foods and drinks that they enjoy is to categorize that very enjoyment as addiction. Then the lawyers and bureaucrats can sue, tax, and ban everything they don’t like. It’s for the children, of course. And as with any bureaucratic movement, there are parallel hype generators seeking airtime and publicity… (Remember Meme Roth piggybacking on school cupcake bans.) “Food addiction” may have found its hype machine in Pamela Peeke, author of The Hunger Fix. In an interview with Salon.com,…

Sydney TV Opportunity: “Fat Tax” Discussion

Sydney TV Opportunity: “Fat Tax” Discussion

We’ve been asked to pass on this message to our supporters from the producers of Can of Worms. If you live in Sydney, and have something to say, you should contact the producers to take part! Can of Worms, Channel Ten’s weekly studio based entertainment show where guests tackle a range of curly questions, are looking for people with strong opinions and personal stories to contribute to the audience segment on this week’s show in Sydney – we’re talking about a junk food tax and whether it’s a good idea.   Anyone…

Get the state off our dinner plates!

Get the state off our dinner plates!

Rob Lyons,  writing in Spiked Online, takes on growing nanny state mentality by governments wanting to take over our food choices. An extract: One thing that is certainly more unhealthy than anything we might eat is the corrosive effect that food fearmongering has on our personal freedom. It is surely a terrible indictment of contemporary attitudes to liberty that even our right to decide what to eat is now being called into question. Underneath all the dubious scientific claims about food and ill health, there is an instinct among lobby groups,…

Coming Soon: Plain Packaging For Fast Food & “Regulated Portion Sizes”.

Coming Soon: Plain Packaging For Fast Food & “Regulated Portion Sizes”.

Well, that was fast! Straight from their imposition of plain-packaging for tobacco products, our taxpayer-funded anti-freedom paternalistic nanny state advocates have abandoned any pretense that it was ever about tobacco, and have begun to call for plain packaging for fast food. In today’s taxpayer-funded The Conversation appeared this article: “Plain packaging for junk food? Health experts call for govt intervention”. According to Bebe Loff, the taxpayer-funded director of the Michael Kirby Centre for Public Health and Human Rights at Monash University, the problem is that it “took 60 years, and a decision by…

Anthony Bourdain: Food Fascist

Anthony Bourdain: Food Fascist

Prick With A Fork comments: So last night the latest edition of Wine Selector magazine hit the doorstep of Stately Prick Manor. On the cover: Anthony Bourdain, the self-styled hard-living, heavy-drinking, smokes-like-a-chimney bad boy of food. Like any good cook Bourdain loves his food and hates the big fast food chains. Fair enough. He’s also, over the past decade, made a small fortune by casting himself as the Christopher Hitchens of the kitchen, enjoying life to the full and skewering those who would stand in the way with an elegant flick of the…