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|Author: ||Sorry that the truth hurts|
|Subject: ||RE: Be nicer to fat people!|
rhat wrote:The remedies are, frankly, economic. Health insurance needs to cost more for people with high-risk, self-induced, and utterly preventable conditions like obesity. Agricultural subsidies need to be rearranged (or, better, eliminated) to bring the cost of low-quality, fattening foods in line with the rest of what's out there.
That's just a start, and even if obesity rates failed to fall these measures would mitigate financial burdens all of us share.
Except that neither of those solutions is practical. People will just go without insurance (depending on what happens with Obamacare). Do we close the emergency rooms to fat people? It's not going to happen. Let employers drop coverage for fat people? Again, it's not going to happen.
Agricultural subsidies are not going to change what people like to eat (sugars and fats) or, in a free market economy, change what companies will market to people, and intentionally driving up food prices is not politically doable.
No one will make TV, Facebook, Xbox and all of the other gadgets that encourage sedentary behavior more boring.
That leaves education, which fat people apparently will complain about as "shaming."
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