President Hugo Chavez urged Venezuelans on Sunday to cut their calories to avoid obesity - the latest lifestyle recommendation by the self-proclaimed socialist crusader.Good thing we don't have nattering nanny-staters here in this countyr.
Chavez has lobbied in recent weeks against what he calls the evils of capitalism, including alcoholism, breast implants and violent television programs.
"Be careful with weight gain!" warned Chavez on Sunday, speaking during his weekly television and radio program. "We are eating better, that's been proven. We're leaving malnutrition behind. It no longer exists in the country, but be careful with obesity."
Chavez - who often dispenses advice to supporters during his marathon speeches - said he'd start a campaign to urge Venezuelans to consume less fatty foods and eat in a healthier fashion.
If I'm going to be lectured on what I eat, it should probably come from people who don't have obvious weight issues themselves.