…even if it’s good for everyone.
Check out CNN’s little piece about the Japanese fighting obesity. (It’s an older clip, and I can’t get it embedded.) In short, the Japanese government proactively attempts to get people to avoid being overweight.
If people were thinner:
- Our collective EMS back would hurt less.
- They’d be happier and healthier.
- They’d live longer.
- They’d be more productive.
- They’d see their doctors less.
- They’d take less medications.
- They’d call EMS less.
- They’d go to the ED less.
- They’d produce and raise healthier children. (And we start at the top of this list again.)
But, as I’m reminded over and over again, around here, we have a “free country” and people have a right to weigh 800 pounds if they so choose. You know, I’m constantly amused to hear what people think they have a right to do. One time, someone told me that landlords have the “constitutional right to charge whatever rent they want.”
- Japan’s life expectancy: 82.6
- USA’s life expectancy: 78.2 (38th, behind Cuba, the country everyone loves to criticize)