Not down with the “nanny state.”
I assumed that the terms epidemic and public health crisis were restricted to a drastic increase of said highly infections and imminently deadly diseases.
When I went to wikipedia to research the term public health I learned of my mistake. Turns out that we’ve conquered most of the really infectious diseases, so modern public health is now more focused on chronic diseases.
And, very recently, focused on preventable risk factors. To all us laypeople, that just means telling us not to do those things that are bad for us. Like smoking. Or eating fatty foods. Or being sedate. Or being really fat.
They call this trend in paternalistic policy making the “nanny state.” Like there’s this well intentioned nanny coddling all us childlike citizens.
See, the thing is, even if you believe fat is a choice and unhealthy, I still have to wonder how you can call it an epidemic or a public health crisis.
If I go into a crowded theatre, I’m not going to infect people with my fatness and they’re not going to die in the next week or month from my fatness. And, if I stay at home, I’m not even going to die next week or next month from my fatness.
Even those who argue that fat is unhealthy, MEAN that fat is the result of behavior that’s linked to disease. So, the public health policies about fat, are policing behavior.
In simpler terms, they’re telling us how we should behave becasue they believe they know what’s best for us.
But I’m of the opinion, long as I’m a law abiding citizen and my behavior is not harmful to anyone else, no one get’s do dictate how I act. And, last time I checked, being fat was not against the law.
If you insist on believing fat is a choice, then you need to know that I FIRMLY believe it’s no one’s business what I choose.
Now, you may have heard the argument that fat people are a burden becasue they cost the healthcare system money. Or fat people are a burden because they may one day need their families to take care of them.
But fat people are not the only group that this argument could be made about. What about the elderly. And the disabled. And let’s not forget other people that choose to participate in dangerous behavior. Like motorcyclist or mountain climbers or firemen.
It sure seems like the arguments against fat include an undertone of disdain. Fat people are not only to blame for their behavior but they’re also disgusting and they deserve what they get.
I have a problem with the suggestion that fat people don’t deserve equal access to health care or health insurance. That those of us that are fat should earn our right to equality by loosing weight.
I mean, sure, it’s very American of me to think I deserve equal rights. But, I do. I don’t think I should be treated like a second class citizen becasue of my weight. I deserve the same services that everyone else gets no matter how fat I am or how fat I get.
And it really doesn’t matter if fat is a choice or not a choice when it comes to my rights.