A leading health academic has called for fat people to be ´shamed and beat upon socially´ in order to halt the obesity crisis. In a controversial article, Daniel Callahan, the 82-year-old president emeritus of The Hastings Center a New York think-tank specializing in health policy ethics, calls for increased stigmatization of obese people to try spur weight-loss across America. The senior research scholar says fat people should be treated like smokers who have become increasingly demonized in recent years and thus ´nudged´ by negative attitudes of those around them into giving up the unhealthy
Comments: Really? These obnoxious leftists are always the sole arbiters of who they choose to shame. What about unwed mothers, drug addicts, those who abuse welfare, etc. I thought leftists were so opposed to bullying.
So, does that mean no one can vote again for Gov Christie? Better shun him. Then, after shunning them does not work, how about sending all fat people to "Starvation Camps"- oh, and they will need plenty of exercise, So, "Starvation and Work Camps"- Oh, didn´t the Nazis have that one already figured out. Looking at the "after" pictures of Dachau and Treblinka, seems they ere successful. Better never underestimate liberals with power over you. They are capable of exceptionally horrible things.
This is another attack on INDIVIDUAL rights. I have the right to smoke, I have the right to be fat, I have the right to be stupid. I am none of the above, but I still believe any individual has the right to be what they want. Beware!! Another example of grouping people into categories..which undermines individuality. The communist way.
All I can say is, I think obese people ARE ashamed of themselves. It´s part of their problem to begin with.
There have always been fat people. It seems these days there are more than ever. It´s not because they´re not ashamed. I think it´s because there are more opportunities to become ashamed of oneself than ever before.
The same method works for those corrupt! Shame them every way possible, and the corruption malaise will tend to lighten! Ultimate shame is to fire them,even bureaucrats who can´t be fired! Like hillary of no shame!
Being overweight is an entirely curable problem, if one considers it a problem. For most overweight people, the difficulties resulting, diabetes, back pain, public ridicule etc. are acceptable. Just as the rewards of smoking are worth the cost and consequence. Its a free country, and our excesses are supported by our health care system.
While I do not believe in any government intrusion, I agree with the smoker´s analogy. I am a very infrequent smoker, but if I do smoke, I have to go outside, while my friends are in the restaurant or store and then people look at me with disgust or roll their eyes. I live in No. Calif. where a smoker is considered comparable to a serial rapist, so the result is that I only smoke in situations where it is not shocking to other people, which is very rare.
I would also had that public scrutiny and shame does have some merit. I grew up in So. Cal along the beach, and the pressure to be thin and in very good physical shape (pre-plastic surgery age) was very persuasive. Of course there is the consequences of bulimia and anorexia, but those medical stats do not compare anywhere to the stats of obesity.
Fat acceptance is so pervasive that there is an entire industry and lobby deeming it acceptable. Just see what it is like sitting in the middle chair on an overseas coach flight sandwiched between the likes of two Chris Christies. IMO totally unacceptable.
When gov´t "gives" you [forces you to take] "free" healthcare, this is just part of the price. And the lovely and gracious Michelle will [as a public service, don´tcha know] gladly hector you about every habit you have and choice you make -- 24/7/365. No, you don´t get a break on 2/29 when it´s Leap Year.
OP: But, "unwed mothers, drug addicts, those who abuse welfare" are victims of white oppression; that´s why. You know that.
#17: Ah! Thanks for pointing out the silver lining. Like it.
#21: I think #17 is serious.I hope #17 is serious!
I quit smoking a year and a half ago and put on the predictable weight. It is not coming off easily and it doesn´t get easier as you get older. Yes, I know it´s an issue I have to deal with and I am trying to deal with it but I don´t intend on taking a lot of guff from anyone about my weight. I therefore vote for shaming know-it-all, presumptuous lefties who want to tell everyone how to live. And shaming should include the use of a baseball bat!
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