Thought this might be an interesting aside to the “missing six-pack abs” mystery, and the ongoing, and slightly misguided, “WTF is a yoga body?” convo: According to some guy over at Forbes (why not?) responding to a 2008 PLOS Medicine study (who are they?), obesity prevention, while cutting costs in obesity-related medical bills, does very little to curtail overall healthcare costs due to the eventual medical costs related to other, later, forms of death. And, since I’m having trouble phrasing that properly, let’s take a look at the language in the PLOS study itself:
“Although effective obesity prevention leads to a decrease in costs of obesity-related diseases, this decrease is offset by cost increases due to diseases unrelated to obesity in life-years gained. Obesity prevention may be an important and cost-effective way of improving public health, but it is not a cure for increasing health expenditures.”
Or, as the very insightful “crash/collapse” blogger/theorist, Ran Prier, puts it:
“[T]he real reason that alcohol and cigarettes are heavily taxed is that people who use them are seen as morally inferior and deserving of punishment. The purpose of sin taxes is to make obedient people feel righteous.”
Basically, great! You saved money by not dying from being too fat, but you will eventually pay up when you die of being too old and demented. Either way, someone’s gonna pay for your selfish “Look at me. I’m so special!” death rattle whether it’s because you live like an unhealthy fucktard making me unhealthy, or because you have some deranged idea that you should live forever while at the same time making everyone pay for your thirtieth hip replacement.
Of course, speaking like that makes me sound like I care about where my taxes go, which makes me sound like some sort of conservative libertarian, which make me sound like someone who has any idea where my taxes go. I mean, it all goes to funding the next season of Girls, right?
Obviously, most everyone bent on some vague notion of the optimal “healthy” yogic lifestyle, in commercial yoga culture wrongfully defined as being “without illness,” as opposed being “able to productively and swiftly confront illness,” will disagree with the PLOS findings. As a way of adding to that anti-obesity flame here’s one of the most extensive (and confusing), but still exciting to look at, infographs I have ever come across. And, yes, it’s about obese (read: fat) people.
Enjoy the holiday. Don’t forget to eat your faces off!