California Government Ad Campaign Photoshops Kids to Make Them Look Fat

The nannies among us never stop. The latest example is an ad campaign out in California by First 5 California, also known as the California Children and Families Commission, which is seeking to encourage parents to feed their children healthier food. Their ads include photoshopped pictures of children to make them look obese.

This year, the California government funded ads were posted in convenience stores and in certain parts of the state deemed as "food deserts," areas where people have less access to healthy food, according to a First5 spokesperson. The ads were intended to "show parents the real-life consequences of obesity and what sugar can do to our children's lives," the spokesperson added.

These food deserts were created by the government, by the way. They are another product of central planning and the so-called "war on poverty." The government should have called it the "war for poverty" because all it did was create more impoverished people.

And couldn't the state of California have found a real obese children to photograph rather than photoshop healthy children?

Ah well, with the government keeping records of our phone calls, internet activity, and even our credit card transactions , it's just a matter of time before the government comes up with some scheme to eradicate this problem. It won't work, of course, but they'll be able to tell us they were doing something.

In the mean time, government funded campaigns will further stigmatize the kids out there with chubby cheeks and subject them to all sorts of bullying and ostracizing. They probably figure that's okay, since they're making us all wards of the state when it comes to our health care. Might as well start shaming people now for their poor health choices. They've been doing it to smokers for decades. Welcome to the club, my full figured friends.

Karen Beseth is founder and editor of