aww crap. there goes my social life.
About rotund...heard a radio article last night about how the professional body of US Radiologists have issued a report on the decline of the efficacy of radiological diagnoses due to rising obesity in the US population over the last fifteen years. This applies to X Ray, CAT scans and to MRI- in some cases, patients were just too fat to fit into the MRI tube. It's becoming a real problem.
A real commitment to public health education on the part of the US government might help over time- this was the case with smoking over about 25 years. But that would mean their taking on huge fast food and food product transnationals...can't see it at the moment. Diabetes, and especially in children! is on the rise- there is a direct correlation with obesity.
But the health costs associated with obesity are huge, in the meantime.
It's not the government's responsibility to con people into eating healthily.
EDIT: Love Jammertal's pragmatism. Let 'em die!
That depends on your take on the function, role, and responsibilities of public health. Also, obesity in my country tends to be class related- poorer people eat more junk, fat and refined carbohydrates. There is a tremendous amount of poverty in the United States. Fresh fruit and vegetables are expensive, whole grains etc. are packaged and priced at the high end of the market- look at the meteoric rise of Whole Foods Markets (organic grocers)- built on middle classes' disposable incomes.
But I digress...
Yeah that problem comes up slowly here, too. But hwat to do? Tax McD? Would mean that the poorer people have even less money to spend, thus economic problems, bigger education division... higher wages? Can't be enforced by politicians...
But the problems connected with obsevity add to the labour-costs because the health system is financed over the wages, hence my cynical comment: there actually were claims not to give artifical joints to over 80-years-old.
Don't tax McD, compel it, through response to educated popular demand, to offer better food to the public. It's getting the public to realise the benfits of better nutrition that will take a lot of public health education over a long time.
I don't understand about the joints...
Well, somebody said that the health insurances shouldn't pay for artificial joints (namely hip prothesises) for old people in order to cut spending (they won't live long enough to make them profitable).
McDonalds in the UK have a new range of salads and stuff. Apparantly not very popular though.
A mate of mine who has a part time job in maccy d's told me that since they brought out the carrot sticks for happy meals she has NEVER seen anyone order them... so even giving more choice doesnt work.
Perhaps the idea of a "fat tax" on junk food is a good idea and the extra money could be used to subsidise healthier food, so poorer people would be able to afford healthier food. The money could also be used to increase awarness of the problems obesity is causing.
Sorry about the heaviness people...