Tuesday, July 28, 2009

This statement, highlighted by Althouse, got me thinking:

"We have ways of changing behavior and changing those health outcomes so that we don't have to deal with the medical consequences of obesity," added Mr. Levi, who advocates community-based programs that promote physical activity and better nutrition.

We have an enormous amount of publicly available information in this country on the negative effects of eating poorly. That information is available in print, online and in any number of other sources including television. There is no way that anyone is going to convince me that they don't know what's healthy to eat and what's not. Which means that when "community-based programs" fail there will need to be an additional solution, namely the creation of penalty-based incentives to force people to get healthy.

Just as the Democrats are suggesting they've come up with new "fun" ways of taxing those who opt for plastic surgery, I suspect they'll also come up with taxing people who exceed acceptable BMI levels. It may not be a weigh station at the side of the highway next to a credit card swipe machine but there will be punitive ways to "change behavior".

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