As a rule, I’m skeptical of any claims that require as their solution greater access by the nation’s busy-bodies to the lives of Americans. The busy-body is a type of fanatic. The object of their fanaticism is the mucking about in the life of another person. Europeans are natural busy-bodies. That is, the folks on the Continent. It is why socialism is so natural for them. In America, the Democratic Party has been the natural home for the American busy-body. Their entire platform is based on nosy jerks poking around in your affairs, telling you what to do.
As with Global Warming, my reaction to the anti-obesity movement is skepticism. I just assumed they were up to no good. That has proven to be the case. The government has been squandering billions on this crusade and Americans are fatter. Part of it is they preach nonsense, like avoiding meat and eating grains. The whole food pyramid bit was utter nonsense. The irrationalism that grew up on the Left in the 1960’s, starting with Thomas Kuhn is mostly to blame. Relativism allows people to believe that gibberish is as valid as observable fact.
That does not change the fact we have a lot of fat people. I’m 48 and probably 20 pounds overweight. I exercise regularly, but there’s no beating father time. In my youth, I was a cut 185, but that’s not happening for me at this age, no matter how much I diet and exercise. I weight train four days a week, run three times a week and cycle about 1,000 miles a year. Using myself as a guide here, middle-age should put most men in the range of 20-50 pounds over their fighting weight. I bet most men my age are 50-100 pounds overweight. I say that because it seems everyone I see is much fatter than me.
This morning I stopped for my coffee and saw two women getting out of a car in front of the coffee joint. Both were pushing 400 pounds and maybe more. My ability to judge the weight of people that size is not good. Both waddled into the coffee joint and order food for twenty. The reason people are fat is they eat too much and exercise too little. In a rich, modern country like America, even the poorest of the poor have too much food and too much leisure. The typical ghetto dweller has a flat screen, cable, an XBox and cabinets full of treats. They spend their afternoon smoking blunts, eating Doritos and playing Gears of War.
My solution has two parts. First, food must get more expensive for fat people. Therefore all retail food must be priced by the pound – of the customer. The two fat asses who waddled into the coffee shop would weigh in and their food would be priced accordingly. Their bagel would be twice the price of my bagel, for example. Since I’m only 20 pounds overweight, BMI is probably a better measure. The fatties were at least 200 pounds over limit so their food should cost ten times the price of my food.
The other leg of my plan is to move all parking spaces 100 yards from food establishments. If the fatties had to walk the length of a football field to get their feedbag on, I’m betting they make other choices. On the other hand, if they still had to have handfuls of bacon and bagels, they would have to put some work in before and after. My bet is these tubs of goo would simply stay home. People who get that fat are so lazy even food is not enough to get them exercising. But, it would keep them from the buffet line and that’s the point.