All rather silly, really, considering they'll soon be in the same boat - after it has been widened, natch - as I hinted at in a tweet yesterday.
The linked article was from The Economist discussing plans on taxing food ... or even the fat themselves. And boy did the comments from sanctimonious fatty-botherers fly in with suggestions as to how severely they should be restricted (not, you note, whether they should be restricted at all).
If there is one social group who should be acutely worried about threats to personal responsibility in all areas, it is the BMI-challenged.
This isn't an isolated piece, either. The US is a hotbed of anti-obese sentiment right now, perhaps due to a shift in funding from smoker harassment to plump-bashing.
The day after that Econ piece was published, another reported on plans to ban advertising of any food which isn't 100% healthy.
Of the 100 most-consumed products in the country, 88 would have to be reformulated to meet these criteria or simply go unadvertised.And more recently still, via CCF we can read of the latest exhortations from America's prime advocate of taxes on cakes and fizzy drinks. You see, anti-fat crusaders hold big meetings these days to discuss how best to demonise the overweight, just like other groups we could mention. Beginning with a bare-faced - but increasingly prevalent - lie, he has decided that individuals are simply not doing what they are told and therefore the anti-smoking template must be rolled out.
Kelly Brownell, director of the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, told the crowd that children are now expected to lead shorter lives than their parents, which he linked to a “toxic relationship with food.” Simply educating the general public about healthy choices, he said, is not enough.Followed by graphic warnings, denormalisation, price, marketing, availability, yada, yada, yada. Repeat to fade.
Food companies need to be regulated, he said, just as tobacco companies are.
I'm sure the concept of the US as a breeding ground for future UK health policy isn't unfamiliar to readers here.
Sorry to be blunt, but if you're an overweight anti-smoker or alcohol puritan, you're either woefully ignorant of the nature of public health steamrollering, wildly hypocritical, or in need of some time on a shrink's couch.