It’s Not What We Eat But How Much We Eat

Slice of pizza in a box

All across the country nanny statists in the government are trying to make Americans slimmer by manipulating their diets with taxes and regulations. But as an experiment performed by Kansas State University professor Mark Haub proved, it’s not what we eat that matters but rather how much we eat and how many calories we burn off with exercise.

Losing a double-digit chunk of weight in one month was a piece of cake for Mark Haub. On August 25, the Kansas State University professor of nutrition began a 10-year-old’s dream diet of Twinkies, Ho Hos, and brownies for each meal. Thirty days later and 15 pounds lighter, Haub not only feels great, but his bad cholesterol is down, his good cholesterol is up, and his blood pressure is fine. But while he is pleased about his new, trimmer self, that’s not the reason he switched to junk food. He wanted his students to see for themselves that any diet can produce weight loss —and if accomplished with a menu all but guaranteed to wreak havoc, then weight shouldn’t be the sole standard for good health. …

The pounds quickly started to melt away. Haub began to plot out how he would relate his experiment to a larger issue: concern over the obesity epidemic. Of course the trend is alarming and tens of millions of Americans need to lose far more than 15 pounds, he felt, but public health programs seemed to him to be obsessively focused on losing weight, using weapons like taxes on sugary drinks, while ignoring the need to do it healthily and sensibly. …

But it’s not the junk that’s the problem, says Haub. “I’m losing weight and my cholesterol is improving by eating those foods. Is it really soda and chips that are making people obese, or how much of them they eat?”

In other words, the government targeting snack foods and soda as if they were alcohol in some sort of modern temperance movement isn’t likely to make Americans slimmer. In fact, unless the government plans on mandating a diet and exercise routine for all Americans, no government policy can make Americans less fat.

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Rob Port

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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