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Are the Fat Police Coming for Us?

Recorded on May 8, 2012

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.

Our freedom to be overweight may soon be over. We may have Fat Police, like they already do in Japan.

Being obese is very unhealthy. Medical care costs more for overweight people. Because government pays for about half of our health care, it's proposed that government needs to control you to control your weight. 


To stop you from making bad decisions, you'd be ordered to exercise; your food choices would be restricted; zoning laws would keep fast-food restaurants away from families.

Look at Japan. The Land of the Rising Sun tries to halt rising waistlines. Everyone over 40 is measured every year. If you are overweight, you are sanctioned.

It all begins when government provides our health care, creating the excuse for dictating how we live. It's for your own good—and to save money. So why worry about a little issue like freedom?

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.