“Lipidleggin” by F. Paul Wilson. Back in 1978 a forward-thinking Wilson wrote how as result of the government’s banning of fat and fat products, “Lipidleggers” provided people with fixes of the real thing; non-altered eggs, milk and other dairy products. At the time, people probably laughed at the prospects of governmental banning of foods or sale of foods, but in 2008 some kids in a California middle school are living proof of Wilson’s prescience. For all of the credit that Huxley and Orwell have received for seeing what would become of society in the future, Wilson’s vision has become reality. School officials in Victorville admit that they see just as much candy in school as before the ban since kids can still bring it in from home and buy it in stores before coming to school. The Victorville middle school principal even says that regarding the move away from junk food in schools, “I think they get a good nutritional lunch here, but looking at our kids and looking at physical education scores, I don’t see how it’s been a highly effective program.” Talk about an incredible waste of time and effort. You would think that local and state governments, and the school boards, would have a lot more important things to worry about. Given the state of the physical education curriculums – curriculums in general – and the fact that regular physical exercise is the only proven remedy for the epidemic of unhealthiness that has swept the nation, the authorities should be concerned with getting kids to be active and stop wasting time pursuing bans of dubious effectiveness. If the public health, do-gooder types had any real guts, they’d push for tougher phys ed standards and initiate a program of mandatory exercise for all citizens. But of course this will never happen, because it is much easier to enact ham-handed laws that ban/outlaw and restrict access to items than it is to embark on a truly effective program to help people. Look at tobacco and smoking as an example of how elected officials take the easy way out. As time goes by there will be more legislation and regulations that ban and restrict access to a wide variety of foods, and people will continue to do and eat what they want. The fictional Lippidleggers of 1978 have given way to the Sugarleggers of 2008. It will be interesting to see what other “leggers” crop up in the near future.
Food Police Fighting a Losing Battle
Diets Suck on
Diets Suck on