The New York Times has up an opinion piece entitled “How Do You Put a Nation on a Diet?”. I read it with the overwhelming sense of discouragement I always feel when reading about attempts to wipe out obesity in the country and, I assume, eventually the world. Why? Because of writing like this:
The institute says that a major cut in obesity rates will require multiple strategies on a population-wide scale. This will be even more challenging than the fight against smoking. But there isn’t any choice if we want to protect the public’s health, the strength of the economy and the government budget.
Those who are proposing government intervention and large societal changes to fight obesity think they are re-fighting the largely successful war against cigarettes. They’re wrong. What they are re-fighting is the utterly futile battle we now refer to simply as “Prohibition”.