January 25, 2013

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, MORALISTIC SCOLDS WOULD BE SHAMING PEOPLE FOR WHAT THEY DO WITH THEIR OWN BODIES. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Shaming fat people into losing weight is the only way to solve obesity epidemic, leading health academic claims.

Daniel Callahan, the 82-year-old president emeritus of The Hastings Center a New York think-tank specializing in health policy ethics, calls for increased stigmatization of obese people to try spur weight-loss across America.

The senior research scholar says fat people should be treated like smokers who have become increasingly demonized in recent years and thus ‘nudged’ by negative attitudes of those around them into giving up the unhealthy habit. . . .

They need to be leaned upon, nudged, and—when politically feasible—helped by regulations to understand that they are potentially in trouble. They should not want to be that way, nor should others.’ he writes.