posted on Aug, 18 2011 @ 08:49 PM
I'm not certain about the statistics of obese people in Canada, but somehow I doubt it is as bad as here in America, especially where I live
currently, the southeast. The reason that some believe there needs to be a "nanny state" influence on food consumption is, quite frankly, because a
huge number of Americans are acting like children when it comes to food, stuffing anything and everything into their mouths, thus becoming inflated
walking tubs of fat.
In my state, you can draw disability pay because you have willingly turned yourself into a land whale, and obese state employees can get free gastric
bypass surgery in order to shrink their stomachs which, of course, is funded by tax revenue. Most of those who have GB surgery lose weight initially,
but then gain it back because they have not changed their eating habits, once again stretching their stomachs by overeating. This is not normal
behavior, and the vast majority of these people have no conscious thought about their eating habits or the consequences thereof. This is why I say to
obese people, don't want to be treated like a child who is unable to think for itself? Then stop acting like one.
I work at a health food and supplement grocery store part time, and let me tell you, I have witnessed and heard some amazing things. You have not
lived until a 400 pound woman comes up to you and asks for weight loss pills and/or diet tea, and how to lose 250 pounds as fast as possible. Telling
such people that they need to eat a healthy diet and exercise is useless, because most of them just don't get it. They think they can continue eating
2 Big Macs at lunch 5 times a week, sit on the couch for 12 hours a day, and just by popping some pill they will magically shed those pounds. And
there are few things more ridiculous than listening to a morbidly obese man who has had 2 gastric bypasses, a heart attack, and has diabetes and gout,
tell you that he deserves free health care from the state because "he earned it".
Now, I don't believe for a second that placing a tax on certain foods would make anything better, and its a really dumb idea. First, there needs to
be a complete removal of state provided disability insurance and benefits gained from being obese. I personally do not care if people are fat or not,
I just don't want to have to pay for any of it. Second, there could be (not necessarily should be) incentives to be more healthy, like cheaper
insurance, etc. But these measures are already in place. Many companies reduce insurance rates for healthy employees, and even help by providing free
personal training and a fully equipped gym at the workplace. My father's company does this, and it seems to work relatively well.
This is no different than drug addiction. They do it to themselves, willingly. They should be made to deal with the consequences on their own, and
without making healthy individuals pay for it.