In New Jersey the power of the state is coming down hard on the tubby, establishing a new department to shape up the people, especially the children. The new Office of Nutrition and Fitness will oversee programs to slim down the tykes through education, support groups, physical activity and the de-normalization of particular culinary practices. The commissar in charge of the new department is considering having the public schools nag parents whose offspring are judged too heavy. While the goals and especially the budget of the new department are fairly sparse there is a well-known phenomenon where government agencies and departments inevitably metastasize and becoming more dictatorial. New Jersey doesn’t often assume a trend-setting role but rest assured that 49 state governments are enviously looking at that state’s fat department and making plans to get one of their own.

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