First they came for the fat bitches

June 13, 2008


Anyone who wants more government run health insurance needs to read this:

Japan, a country not known for its overweight people, has undertaken one of the most ambitious campaigns ever by a nation to slim down its citizenry…

Under a national law that came into effect two months ago, companies and local governments must now measure the waistlines of Japanese people between the ages of 40 and 74 as part of their annual checkups. That represents more than 56 million waistlines, or about 44 percent of the entire population.

Those exceeding government limits — 33.5 inches for men and 35.4 inches for women, which are identical to thresholds established in 2005 for Japan by the International Diabetes Federation as an easy guideline for identifying health risks — and having a weight-related ailment will be given dieting guidance if after three months they do not lose weight. If necessary, those people will be steered toward further re-education after six more months.

That scares the shit out of me. That and it reminds me of the Seinfeld episode where Jerry changes the waist size on the tag on his jeans from a 32 to a 31. Not a clip of that but it’s still great(from the same episode):

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5 Responses to “First they came for the fat bitches”

  1. superdave524 Says:

    Damn! I’d have to be two Japanese (well, one and a half, anyway). Wonder if their Sumo wrestlers have to be re-educated?

  2. John in IL Says:

    Run, Dave, Run!


  3. 33.5 inches?

    Yeah, right!

  4. John in IL Says:

    Obviously, you need to be reeducated.


  5. Only at the point of a liposuction wand.


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