Nannies Gone Global!!

You know things are going nuts when a country whose majority is NOT overweight is run amok with “fat watchers” and they make NO attempt to disguise it as anything other than what it is: GOVERNMENT BULLYING!!!

I found this little gem over at the Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF):

Federal Limits On Pants Sizes?

Over the years, a cabal of American diet dictators has proposed a litany of crazy proposals to tax, legislate, and litigate away our extra pounds. Now foreign food cops have topped them all by implementing an entirely new weight regulation: government-imposed limits on waist size. Two months ago, Japan passed a law requiring companies and local governments to measure the waistlines of residents between the ages of 40 and 74. If the midriffs of those 56 million citizens don’t fall below the state-established limit (33.5 inches for men and 35.4 inches for women), they’ll be labeled “at risk” and subject to a host of mandatory interventions.

U.S. News & World Report notes that the new laws have “given the government and employers, long dominant forces in Japanese workers’ lives, places at the dinner table in ordinary Japanese homes.” And Japan’s government is not the only one trying to wedge itself in between people and their food. Late last year, the British Parliament proposed constructing “fit towns” to fight obesity by regularly hosting weigh-ins to track children’s weight, and shipping overweight kids off to government-sponsored fat camps.

Copyright © 1997-2008 Center for Consumer Freedom.

Read the FULL STORY here.

More disgusting about this particular piece of “it’s really none of their damned business” bullying is this from the USA News & World Report article:

Japan Cracks Down on Waistlines

A rise in diabetes and other ailments is blamed on a growing appetite for sweets

Posted June 4, 2008

TOKYO—Sunstar Inc., makers of GUM and Butler brand oral hygiene products, will be sending select employees to a most unusual three-day company retreat this year. The goal isn’t high productivity, product development, or team building but instead slim waistlines. Sunstar’s fat farm is part of a broad range of programs instituted by companies and the government here as Japan begins its battle with the bulge.

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One regulation, effective in April, requires all citizens over the age of 40 to have their waists measured every year. If a man’s waist is more than 33.5 inches or a woman’s more than 35.5 inches, they are considered at risk and referred for counseling and close monitoring. The government is also requiring companies to slim down their workers or face higher payments into the national insurance program.

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Companies across the country have responded with a variety of initiatives. Sunstar has its boot camp, which includes lectures on diet, exercise, and even Zen meditation. Family members of employees over 40 whose love handles won’t budge will also be asked to attend the camp. The company also offers overweight workers free delivery of healthful, traditionally Japanese food like soybeans and brown rice.

Computer, mobile phone, and appliance maker NEC Corp. requires all of its employees in its Japanese offices to undergo yearly checks from the time they turn 30, a full decade earlier than the government regulations require. And all employees must attend lifestyle instruction courses. Any employee who shows “poor results” (think beer belly) will receive individual follow-up attention, says Susumu Makihara, general manager of human resources for the global giant’s Japan operations.

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Other companies have made healthful eating less of a recommendation and more of a job requirement.

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It is now a civic duty to stay fit, says Naoko Takase, assistant manager of public relations for Sunstar.

Copyright © 2008 U.S. News & World Report, L.P. All rights reserved.

Read the FULL STORY here.

That last sentence about staying fit being a civic duty is downright scary and I suggest all these people go back and re-read their history, in particular the period of Hitler and Nazi Germany, where health and perfection were also considered to be a civic duty of German citizens for the “homeland”.

Anybody thinking this is a good idea, needs to just move their lazy, brainwashed asses to some country where people are NOT allowed to think for themselves or live as they choose to. I for one want NO part of such a world.

I expect the same thing will be happening here. I just wonder what will happen to those of us to don’t feel the our employers OR government have any right to dictate HOW we live and WHAT we eat. That must be what all those new detention camps that Halliburton/KBR have built are for. Complete with the rail cars to haul our rebellious, free-thinking asses to them.

After this I then found that Sandy over at my favorite Junkfood Science blog is following this closely also (I should have known). Here’s her summaries about what is happening in Japan with the food “nazis” (my term not hers):

June 13, 2008

Metabo — your figure or your job

As first covered earlier this year, the government health ministry in Japan has mandated compulsory “flab checks” for all workers over age 40. Waistlines have to conform to regulation size or face stiff penalties; and older, heavier people are enduring certain social castigation. This Friday the 13th, we begin coverage of the latest studies examining the medical evidence for trim waistlines.

What’s the evidence on metabo? We’ll look at that next. Don’t be surprised to find that the evidence reveals the opposite of what we’ve come to believe is true.

Read the FULL STORY here.

Followed up Sunday with:

June 15, 2008

Metabo — Is a small waistline a measure of health?

What’s in a name? It’s called “metabo” in Japan and “metabolic syndrome” here, but is it a real medical syndrome? Does having it mean you’re more likely to have a heart attack or die prematurely?

So, even among Americans with waist circumferences much larger than the Japanese regulations (35.5 inches and 33.5 inches for men and women, respectively), there was no association with higher risks. With no association at all, there’s no possible source for causation and certainly no support for mandating treatment or interventions. The evidence continues to point out to us that this isn’t about health.

© 2008 Sandy Szwarc

Read the FULL STORY here.

Of course, nowhere in all these health warnings do they mention that stress is the biggest contributor to heart disease and high blood pressure. Since everyone will be stressing about meeting the new “fit” requirements, don’t expect to see any positive results coming from this. Not honest ones anyway, as I’m sure the government and press will announce next year what a huge success this was. Just don’t ask them to explain any increase in stress related deaths……though I’m sure they’ll have a good scapegoat waiting………like smoking, alcohol or Krispy Kreme donuts; just to name a few.

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~ by swfreedomlover on June 16, 2008.

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