January 2, 2013

But it does focus the mind...

Still, death is not everything. Even if "being overweight doesn't increase your risk of dying," Dr. Klein said, it "does increase your risk of having diabetes" or other conditions.
That's the NYTimes walking back a study which suggests a lower mortality rate for overweight people.

"But donít scrap those New Yearís weight-loss resolutions and start gorging on fried Belgian waffles or triple cheeseburgers." says Pam Belluck.

Okay, I'll pass on the waffle, but the cheeseburger sounds pretty good. What I'd rilly rilly like to pass on is the nanny state laws from Mayor Bloomberg and the First Lady, and the new school lunch guidelines that are starving some students.

Maybe -- if it's not killing us -- y'all could let us decide for ourselves? Like a free citizenry?

Hat-tip: Insty who adds "But remember, most of the anti-obesity crusading isn't really about health, it's about not wanting to look at fat people. So this won't change much."

Nanny State Posted by John Kranz at January 2, 2013 1:36 PM

Trying to understand: Being gay makes someone a member of an oppressed, protected class but being overweight makes him a legitimate target of unsolicited government protection from himself? I suppose in the minds of myopic nannyists the distinction is "innate" versus "behavioral." Yet is there conclusive evidence that no one is "born" to be fat? Do they not deserve the same benefit of the doubt, or is it fair that gay people also be lectured and regulated at the margins for whatever behavioral choices supposedly "make them" gay?

Posted by: johngalt at January 2, 2013 3:07 PM | What do you think? [1]