To fight the [obesity] epidemic, all Americans should lose 10 pounds as a patriotic gesture, said Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson.
“As much as we love to eat, too often we fail to consider the consequences of that love,” Thompson said at a news conference.
Isn't the guy who invented BMI as a measurement of fitness the same guy who came up with medicinal leeches?
The idea that this is about "the health of Americans" is false. It's about a perceived drain on the healthcare system.
If you believe that the majority of obese persons are lower-income and it's about class, then you have to accept that the 'health issues' that this bill is supposedly going to help them avoid is going to end up with people having to turn to Medicaid or simply still not being able to pay their medical bills if they don't. The working poor tend to not have the best health care options, even if they are employed and how can you stay employed if you are rife with health problems brought on by obesity? Forget about examining why they don't have adequate health care. Too much thinking from the Good Ol' Boy Network for that.
You would also have to poke into the issue of why eating healthier is more expensive. Why is it that better quality foodstuffs are usually found in markets in more affluent areas? Canned ravioli and Hamburger Helper is simply not as healthy as hummus and tofu - but compare the prices. Compare the difference between your leaner cuts of meat and even the quality of fresh produce in a store in a less affluent neighborhood. It's not news that thinness is a mark of affluence, but there are more reasons for this than the cost of gastric bypass, gym memberships, etc.
I'd also like to see the type of restaurants that this would be enforced in. Probably not LaCharelle, or some other fine dining establishments that your average lower-middle class or working class family/individuals aren't really frequenting in the first place.
It of course is all tied in to the idea that obesity is the result of a lack of self-control. So - since these people are so clearly out of control and Poor/Female/Minorities, we (the patriarchy) must once again decide what is best for them. It is also about shame. "If you will not conform - then be shamed into the fact that you cannot eat in certain places and we get the perk of not looking at you. Not that we go to these places anyway. Ugh."
« Older Undercover video... | Art Images for College Teachin... Newer »
This thread has been archived and is closed to new comments
Buy a Shirt