Originally Posted by Cineast
The so-called "epidemic" of obesity (it's not an epidemic since it's not a communicable disease) is being used by nanny-state types in government to try to bully people into living a lifestyle of which the nanny-staters approve: look at Michael Bloomberg in New York City, for example. And yet when it's the government that's the bully, somehow the evilness of bullying suddenly gets overlooked.
I suppose the states and fed govt do have a vested interest in citizens being healthy. Obesity->increased risk of chronic illnesses->more healthcare utilization->more govt spending.