Tuesday, February 17, 2009

What do you think?

How Other Countries Fight Fat
While many governments struggle to keep their citizens nourished, the leaders of wealthy nations are trying to get theirs to eat less. In Japan, health officials check the waistlines of citizens over 40, and those considered too fat undergo diet counseling. Failure to slim down can lead to fines. New Zealand has rules barring people it deems too fat from immigrating to the country.

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In Great Britain—where 60% of men and 50% of women are expected to be obese by mid-century—residents of some cities are being recruited to wear electronic tracking tags to calculate how much they move each day and how many calories they burn. Daily exercisers will be rewarded with store coupons and even days off from work. Britain’s National Health Service is paying for at least 30,000 people to take weight-loss classes.

Germany plans to spend $47 million on healthy-eating and sports programs and to set tougher nutritional standards for school lunches. The government also is asking candy makers to stop targeting young children and encouraging software companies to develop games that force players to move.

— Lyric Wallwork Winik

What do you think? Should the government dictate how fat a person can be?


  1. I don't know, Paula, but I like the positive reinforcement they offer, "Daily exercisers will be rewarded with store coupons and even days off from work."

    When is that going to happen in the US? I want my coupons and paid days off. I believe I have accrued a lot.

  2. I'm all for the government staying the h3ll out of my affairs. I got fat because I earned it, not like many who got fat because I paid taxes so they could.

  3. I don't think they should get involved. I am all for private companies offering incentives to lose weight, but the gov should stay out of it.

    Hey stop by and VOTE on my purplicious contest!!!! Only two days left!

  4. I think it is okay for the government to get involved if those they are paying (and that includes those on welfare) are overweight and it is causing health issues. (We are paying for those, you know) And I think that private companies need to do what they can to help those who they provide insurance for.

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  6. I sure would like to lose some weight. But I am not sure I would like the government involved.


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