Tag Archives: obesity

The weight of the law

I read yesterday that Japanese law stipulates that the waistline must be below a certain diameter: In Japan, being thin isn’t just the price you pay for fashion or social acceptance. It’s the law. So before the fat police could throw her in pudgy purgatory, Miki Yabe, 39, a manager at a major transportation corporation, […]

Moral panic? What moral panic?

Being of a libertarian cast of mind, I’ve often been of the view that all the campaigns about smoking, drugs and obesity are more than a little overdone. It’s not that I think these things are unhealthy — they plainly are. It’s more that I suspect the moral panic is made worse not because we […]