What to do with your Fat Kid

Sunday, February 11, 2007
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Send him up for surgery.

Sit your kid in front of the TV babysitter, stuff his face with sugar-laden pop and juice and sugary snacks, buy him video games and other mind-warping crap, and then, when the porker has become too big for the children’s clothing section, just take him in for gastric surgery.

An amazing statement from this story insists that “Children are considered candidates for surgery only after they have spent six months trying to lose weight through conventional methods under hospital supervision.” Six months? They spend a short lifetime being lazy and getting fat, and the solution is allowing these kids only six months to completely re-educate themselves on health and the human body, change their physical habits, and change the way they shop and eat?

There’s at least one person with a brain interviewed for this story:

“I don’t think altering the human digestive tract is a solution to the problem of excess weight,” said Joanne Ikeda, a nutritionist emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley. “It’s one of these quick-fixes that isn’t a fix at all.”

Amen. Obesity is a time preference problem, and the same bad habit that got these kids fat (gotta-have-it-now) is going to be instilled in them, yet again, as they are told that a knife and a surgeon can make them unfat, and it’s just as simple as that.

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