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Does "and especially among African-Americans" in this article, sound racist or seem like profiling to you?

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Feds look to regulate food similar to tobacco, with hopes of saving money on health care


Written by CAA National on June 22, 2011, 04:22 PM
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The federal government has a growing interest in the eating habits of Americans for the same reason it has an interest in tobacco consumption, said Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

The reason is money, because three-quarters of medical-spending is driven by chronic diseases, such as obesity and tobacco-related diseases, she said.

Sebelius’ comments came at the tail-end of Tuesday’s White House press conference where officials showcased nine new photos that must be carried on cigarette packs. Officials used a survey of 18,000 people to find the images that would have the most distressing impact on groups of smokers, including young smokers and mothers of young kids.

“We want teenagers to understand smoking is gross, not cool,” said the HHS chief. If the public becomes desensitized to the distressing pictures, they’ll be replaced by new pictures, she said.

The regulations are justified, she said, because tobacco causes 443,000 premature deaths, and creates “$200 billion a year in health costs that we clearly could spend better elsewhere,” she said.
But the press questions shifted to food labels when a reporter pressed officials about new food-labeling standards being promoted by the government.

The standards are part of a much larger push by medical professionals to regulate the food sector. The medical professionals, led by the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have allied with professional advocacy groups, such as Center for Science in the Public Interest, and with leading Democratic politicians, to blame the food-sector for increasing obesity rates in the American population, and especially among African-Americans.

Does "and especially among African-Americans" sound racist or seem like profiling to you?  


Asked by agentwanda at 10:32 PM on Jun. 22, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (14)
  • The reason is money,

    LOL Yeah she hit the nail on the head when she said that

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 5:08 PM on Jun. 23, 2011

  • No, but it does sound like Mommy and Daddy Obama's want to control even more of our lives.

    Welcome to the nanny state. Spread the wealth.


    Answer by Natesmom507 at 10:51 PM on Jun. 22, 2011

  • idk, if stats show it is most high in AA groups I think it's just calling us out. not racist, there's no hate here.

    Answer by DomoniqueWS at 10:34 PM on Jun. 22, 2011

  • No, just that it is more likely to happen amoung them. I am sure they did some kind of study to support what they said

    Answer by Soniam301 at 10:34 PM on Jun. 22, 2011

  • No it sounds like research has shown that of the different races, african-americans have more obese due to the food-sector than any other race.

    Answer by Jademom07 at 10:34 PM on Jun. 22, 2011

  • I thinkj this goes as an example to a question anon had about "Lets see...What does the government want to control now?"

    Answer by Michigan-Mom74 at 1:03 AM on Jun. 23, 2011

  • All statistics are based on one demographic or another. I live in the south, and this one sounds just about spot on. Mentioning "African-Americans' doesn't automatically make a statement racist ... unless no one is allowed to talk about African-Americans (which in itself is racist).

    To be completely un-PC, I believe that the gov't. has targeted 'African-Americans' for decades now. It outlawed slavery, added taxes, and created welfare; welfare is simply a different form of slavery imo. It traps people even more than being held forcibly in bondage, and it's ability to make people willing slaves (as in utterly dependent on another/the gov't. for their existence) is just plain vile. There is a disproportionate number of 'African-Americans' on welfare in my state when compared to other races. The stats are public. I'd say that limits on FS may well be on the way as far as 'choices' like soda and twinkies (and maybe lard/oils).

    Answer by Farmlady09 at 7:48 AM on Jun. 23, 2011

  • If it would have been Sicle Cell Anemia in Blacks would you call that racist?

    Answer by Carpy at 8:13 AM on Jun. 23, 2011

  • They must be using more than their fare share of government benefits. Yup, time to regulate it.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:39 AM on Jun. 23, 2011

  • No. Just factual based on stats gathered.

    Answer by frogdawg at 12:00 PM on Jun. 23, 2011