This coincides with the Hurry Up and Die! post. You see, that thought isn’t confined to Japan. It’s embraced in the US as well.
John Nolte has an article up.
Nolte highlights a couple stories…… here’s the first one.
Associated Press medical writer Mike Stobbe published a piece that takes seriously the idea of singling out smokers and the overweight with public shaming campaigns:
That said, public health officials shouldn’t shy away from tough anti-obesity efforts, said Callahan, the bioethicist. Callahan caused a public stir this week with a paper that called for a more aggressive public health campaign that tries to shame and stigmatize overeaters the way past public health campaigns have shamed and stigmatized smokers.
National obesity rates are essentially static, and public health campaigns that gently try to educate people about the benefits of exercise and healthy eating just aren’t working, Callahan argued. We need to get obese people to change their behavior. If they are angry or hurt by it, so be it, he said.
The piece also opens with this disturbing question:
Faced with the high cost of caring for smokers and overeaters, experts say society must grapple with a blunt question: Instead of trying to penalize them and change their ways, why not just let these health sinners die?
Earlier this week, NBC News published an article that also took this idea seriously:
Daniel Callahan, a senior research scholar and president emeritus of The Hastings Center, put out a new paper this week calling for a renewed emphasis on social pressure against heavy people — what some may call fat-shaming — including public posters that would pose questions like this:
“If you are overweight or obese, are you pleased with the way that you look?”
These horrid statements were uttered in the name of cost. Nolte is quick to note a couple of things. ….
The thing to keep in mind is that the media’s latest liberty-crushing march has absolutely nothing to do with their stated concerns over public health and the effect certain habits have on the cost of health care and the government treasury.
That’s all a big fat lie; a fig-leaf to couch outright oppression as do-goodery.
First off, nothing else that explodes the cost of anything ever bothers the Left. If the Left was truly concerned with the cost of health care, they never would’ve pushed ObamaCare. If the Left was truly concerned with the deficit, they would’ve voted Obama out of office in a landslide.
How true. The left doesn’t give two shiites about the deficit. What the heck? The specifically voted for that clown because and only because he doesn’t give two shiites about our deficit spending. He also notes…
No, if you’ll notice, the only time the media and Left wring their hands over expense and cost is when that hand-wringing can be manipulated into an excuse to control other people’s lives.
There’s much more to say, but for relative brevity, just read his post. But, know that he stated this….
Biases upfront: I’m a 46 year-old health nut obsessed with exercise and eating right. I don’t smoke or drink, and there are supermodels who worry less about their weight. However, I do admire those who don’t live like that; who might not live as long as I do, but will probably enjoy their overall quality of life more than my somewhat Spartan one.
And now, here’s my biases. I smoke like a chimney! While bitches like Stobbe and Callahan want to cry about the high costs of smokers, someone needs to remind them about the taxes smokers pay that they don’t. STFU. Those two idiots can bitch when the taxes are removed from the cigarettes that fund everything from roads to schools. It is the 3rd largest revenues source for the US. Until someone shows me a study which factors in the additional taxes I pay over the rest of the freeloading world, they can ….. (you can fill in the blank.)
If that’s not enough, I drink like a fish! I’m on my seventh beer as I’m writing this and I’ll have seven more before the night’s through. Yes, there are beverages that are cheaper and not taxed as much, but this is what I prefer at the moment. I’m free to choose to do so. And as far as the banana smokers who want to bitch about it, I’m paying for stuff you’re not willing to. STFU.
More, I eat what I want. There’s nothing better than a great steak! (Ok, as far as food goes.) A nice slab of red meat, sizzled on the outside but pink in the middle (I’m preferable to KC strips) is divine! I prefer fried potatoes to go with it, but it’s hard to find that in a restaurant. At home, potatoes fried with grease is the way to go! A veggie and salad smothered with blue cheese and that’s heaven!
The best part? I’m 5’7″, 150 lbs., just helped my brother move, lifted on freezers, refrigerators, washers and dryers and some heavy wood stuff I don’t even know what to call, and a very large TV I was surprised was still in existence. My bp is 120/80 as of 3 months ago. I’m about 50 y/o. Yeh, we had a dolly to help, but, all of it went into pick-ups.
No, I don’t run anymore, but, I used to. I’ll live longer and die quicker than those totalitarian scumbags. I’ll have paid more taxes for these supposed sins than they’ll ever dream of. Don’t let these bitches brow beat anyone. It isn’t a concern for your health, it isn’t a concern about the deficit, it is only a desire to control some one else’ life. I think there’s a special place in hell for those people. …… to bad….. I know they don’t have any of the juevos necessary to try and take my guns (as these are the same bitches who are trying to do so). Then, they’d get to find out if there really was a special place in hell for them.