Someone Had To Be The First…

First we heard about some companies here in the United States refusing to hire smokers (i.e. Weyco, Scotts, Cleveland Clinic), and giving current employees who smoke 1 year to quit or be fired. Then there was the story about the National Health Service (NHS) in Great Britain considering denying surgeries to smokers and obese people. I’ve been waiting to see that concept extended….and lo and behold, it has been.

Now it appears that a country has decided to nip obesity in the butt (no pun intended) by mandating that ALL be a certain size. Amazingly this mandate is in a country with relatively few obese people. Which country is this you ask? JAPAN!!!

I read this on Junkfood Science and almost fell out of my chair. It made me stop to wonder how long before this gets tried here. And believe me, if you are paying just the slightest bit of attention to anything that is happening these days, you will see that it won’t be long before our State or Federal government(s) issue the same mandate. We’re almost there now.

Diversity outlawed in Japan

Can you imagine being forced by the government to undergo blood tests, take prescription medications (with controversial safety and effectiveness), and lose weight until your waist measures less than 33.5 inches … or lose your job? This is not an April Fool’s joke, but a very disturbing story. Today, the Japanese government institutes its compulsory “flab checks” for all workers over the age of 40.

To stem Japan’s “soaring obesity,” the health ministry has mandated that all waistlines among its 56 million workers over age 40 be below “regulation size” of 33.5 inches (for men). Any company failing to bring its employees’ weight under control — as well as the weights of their family members — will be fined up to 10% of its earnings by the government.


For a reminder of what usually happens when you allow government to control read THIS, THIS, THIS, and THIS.

Why are we allowing this path to be followed?


~ by swfreedomlover on April 2, 2008.

2 Responses to “Someone Had To Be The First…”

  1. Wow, can I get OFF this merry-go-round yet? It’s lost its appeal. I just don’t care for government to be all up in my face, ass, or whatever else they decide I can’t be in charge of. This is America for God’s sake!

  2. IF this goes over without incident in Japan, who has a very low obesity rate, you can bet your booty the jackboots here will do the same thing to us. I can’t believe how fast this is spiraling into a global totalitarian world. Someone might need to put me out of their misery soon……………LOL

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