reply to post by Threegirls
Fair enough - lets have that fair and balance discussion.
Let us both admit that the perception has grown among the public that diabetics become diabetics because of poor lifestyle choices. This perception
has been fostered by articles like the original poster pointed out and by discussions such as the one you have linked to.
The perception is that, as a DIRECT result of these poor lifestyle choices, the diabetic will have costs to the health care system that greatly exceed
the costs of morally superior population who are not obese. You have pointed out some of these costs yourself, heart attack care, operations to
amputate limbs, disability resulting in inability to work and pay taxes.
Those individuals who follow the advice of health professions (and enjoy a healthy wieght as a result) are having to pay more for health care and in
taxes to support those lazy, gluttons.
When the propaganda (and I am sure you can agree that both of the links provided here are actually propaganda and not serious scientific enquiry) has
caused public perception to boil over into anger, there will be support for the government "to do something".
The "something" that is always chosen to be done is always the same -
(Actually, the propaganda is the first step - before you can have a solution - you must create the problem. That was the purpose of changing the
definition of both a healthy BMI and a healthy blood sugar. it was to create the "epidemic" of obesity and diabetes)
first- sue the industry for as much money as you can get (which of course the industry passes on to the consumer),
second - the government is required to pass taxes on foods it considers "unhealthy" (no you don't get a vote here - they will tell you what is
unhealthy!) This increases government income.
Third - Punish the gluttons by denying them health care (this reduces costs to the government). Turn them into social pariahs
Fourth - Insist that the problem is so bad that government intervention in private lives is necessary. Take fat children away from their parents.
Sterilize fat people so they can't have any more children like themselves. Deny fat people the right to go to restaurants or to choose the food they
By this means, government income and power is increased. Liberty is decreased.
When these steps are completed find another industry and do it all over again. It worked on smoking, it will work on obesity and alcohol is also in