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May 5, 2006 - 1:50 pm

So it appears there are health nuts, freaks, nanny state suck-ups–I mean advocates–who want toa href=”http://www.slate.com/id/2139941/” ban french fries and trans fat /afrom emgrown/em adults. Should we even be having this conversation?br /br /Update: Instead of just regulating french fries, maybe the government should also force all of those who are overweight to read Berkeley psychologist, Seth Roberts’ new book, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?link_code=as2path=ASIN/0399153640tag=wwwviolentkicomcamp=1789creative=9325″The Shangri-La Diet/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0399153640″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / and follow it. I read the book this morning and apparently, all you do is eat one or two tablespoons of Extra Light Olive Oil and some sugar water daily to control the body’s set point and lose weight. {Note: I am not saying that Roberts’ plan does not work–it might be great, probably is–I liked the book very much–but I use it as an example of a current popular diet that if successful, could be the next step in government regulation}. br /br /If the government can regulate trans fat, can they also regulate weight loss for the overweight? If so, how do I get a piece of the action? Can I write a diet solution and force others to follow my plan and buy my products and books? If so, where do I sign up? Because, of course, my needs and desire to see only slim productive citizens should take precedence over free choice and personal responsibility–or so, some misguided health nuts think.br /br /The bottom line is, once we start on the slippery slope of regulating what people can consume based on how good it is for them, there is no telling how far we can go in deciding that free will, in and of itself, is bad for people.

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