Is Shaming The Answer To The Obesity Epidemic?
You can probably guess my answer…
Shaming fat people into losing weight is the only way to solve obesity epidemic, leading health academic claims
A leading health academic has called for fat people to be ‘shamed and beat upon socially’ in order to halt the obesity crisis.
In a controversial article, Daniel Callahan, the 82-year-old president emeritus of The Hastings Center a New York think-tank specializing in health policy ethics, calls for increased stigmatization of obese people to try spur weight-loss across America.
The senior research scholar says fat people should be treated like smokers who have become increasingly demonized in recent years and thus ‘nudged’ by negative attitudes of those around them into giving up the unhealthy habit.
Let me ask what I hope is an obvious question: are you a more moral person if you can hold your breath?
No, right? But you need to breath in the same way you need to eat. The body simply requires it.
I think a more interesting question is how many of the folks this asshat wants to bully are following the modern medically approved diet? And gaining weight and getting sicker and sicker?
One of the things MJ and I agreed upon as soon as we started trying to eat better was to remove morality from the equation. What I mean is that for us eating is a smart/dumb thing as opposed to a right/wrong thing. If we slip up on the diet we haven’t sinned or fallen short of the glory of God. At worst we’ve goofed and tomorrow is another day. And to be honest it’s worked pretty darn well for us so far.
Let’s just agree to stop with the moralizing already, okay? It helps nothing and hurts everything. Outside of gluttony eating is no more sinful than sleeping.
My first response was to wonder how this guy could possibly have even one friend in the whole wide world. Then I realized that he’s from New York and Michael “Nanny State” Bloomberg is from New York…
Then I found the nail in the coffin. Callahan also wrote that people (bold is mine)…
“…need to be leaned upon, nudged, and–when politically feasible–helped by regulations to understand that they are potentially in trouble. They should not want to be that way, nor should others.”
Yep. Best buds. I’d bet money on it.