6 Nov 2013

A word from our sponsors: Get Fat Now

Too tired to think? Have a cookie!
I've heard for years about people who blame "something else" for being overweight. This blame does not make sense, given that obesity -- unlike, say, broken legs -- is a modern occurrence, and that's why people need to read "No, you don't have a disease -- you're fat."

Then it's time to take a second look at social signals and personal responsibility and incentives. The social signals include advertising that encourages people to eat more and stay fat. For personal responsibility, I think it's fair to charge fat people more for airline seats or health care, in the same way that smokers pay more for health insurance and bad drivers pay more for auto insurance.

That's why this spoof of an airline that sets fees according to passenger weights is neither silly (it makes sense) nor a spoof (it happened to us in Nicaragua; Samoan Airlines already does it for real).

Bottom Line: Sure, get fat -- just don't expect others to pay for the resulting costs.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Well after 20+ years of being obese, I've now lost 60 pounds during the past year and a half.

So 'officially' I am no longer overweight, I am at the high end of 'normal'. I am not done losing weight, but even being this close has changed my life. I am a lot more active, and (IMHO) I look great.

How am I doing this? I exercise an hour a day (high-intensity Zumba - I am a really good dancer now) and I use a calorie/exercise tracking app called MyFitnessPal.

I probably wouldn't have been able to do it were it not for the fact that I got laid off from my job in early 2012 and decided to do something useful with my time. Since then I've only worked on part-time consulting gigs.

I don't know how I'll manage, if I go back to work full-time. Exercising an hour a day takes more than an hour a day total time, it's a big time commitment and it is not easy.

I turned 60 in June. It's fun to be 'hot' at 60. (smile)

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