Forget for a moment the government has spent over $400,000 of your tax dollars on this little endeavor so far…does this sound “fair” to you? Don’t ALL overweight lives matter?Well, apparently some jelly bellies matter more than others.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, “The National Institutes of Health is spending more than $400,000 sending text messages to Latino men to encourage them to exercise.
The University of California, San Diego is conducting the study, which is attempting to employ the “low-cost” strategy of using cell phones to reach Mexican-Americans.
“Mexican-American men report high rates of inactivity and related health conditions. The proposed study seeks to promote physical activity among this at-risk, understudied population by developing interactive and tailored text-messages to enhance a print-based physical activity intervention for Spanish- speaking [Mexican American] MA men,” a grant for the project said. “The proposed high-reach, low-cost strategy for increasing physical activity has great potential for adoption on a larger scale and thereby positively impacting public health and eliminating health disparities.”The project is based on a preliminary study using “culturally and linguistically tailored” print campaigns to encourage Latino men to exercise.”
I’m sorry, but that just sounds racist to me. “Ay gordo, put down that chalupa, man!” No, I’m sure that’s not what the government is texting Mexican-American men.
But here are the problems I have with this:
1. I’m paying for it (and so are you).
2. Why is the government butting into people’s lives to this extent. TEXTING?
3. Isn’t it particularly discriminatory to pick on Mexican-American men? I’ve seen a lot of fat white guys too…just sayin.
And that just stinks, if you ask me.[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]