The Gov't Wants YOU

To Be Overweight

(Washington) - The U.S. federal government may actually be encouraging Americans to be overweight, or even obese.

On its official website, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends an adult diet of 2,000 - 2,500 calories daily, with 30% derived from fat. One gram of fat=9 calories. Here's what all this means:

if you eat 2,000 calories a day you should have up to 72 grams of fat per day.

if you eat 2,500 calories a day you should have up to 83 grams of fat per day.

And teenagers should have up to 100 grams of fat daily.

Thus, according to the U.S. federal government, the average person can eat between 70 and 80 grams of fat per day or, if you are a teenager, 100. That should make the average adult or teenager obese in ASAP!.

According to the website one Big Mac contains a total of 33 grams of fat. And 2 Big Macs would contain 66 grams of fat, an allowable amount of daily fat.

Thus, based on FDA recommendations, is the U.S. government telling its citizens that it's perfectly OK to have the equivalent of 2 Big Macs or more every day?

I don't know about you but if the average person ate like that they'd gain weight. A lot of weight. They'd be looking in the mirror saying "Hello Chubby!" And then they'd have to force themselves to jog 50 miles a day just to lose the extra weight and keep it off.

Based on the FDA guidelines the government must want us all to be fat. And, considering the already overweight population (60%) and the epidemic of obesity in America, when it comes to the amount of fat in the American diet it looks like the politicians and health officials in Washington are out to lunch. Perhaps at McDonald's.

The above headline and story is not true. It was made up, by the author, solely as comedy, with no intent to harm or offend. Any of it which turns out to be true, in whole or in part, is purely coincidental ... and would be even funnier.

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