Arguing that obesity "may be the most difficult and elusive public health problem the United States has ever encountered" and that anti-obesity efforts having made little discernible difference, Daniel Callahan, co-founder and President Emeritus of The Hastings Center, proposes a bold and controversial approach to fighting the epidemic.
Callahan says that the public health community can learn from one of the most successful public health campaigns: the anti-smoking campaign. A primary strategy has been to stigmatize smokers, he says, making it clear that their behavior is not only unhealthy for them but is also socially unacceptable. While the public health community has decisively rejected the stigmatization of obesity, Callahan directly challenges that rejection.
In "Obesity: Chasing an Elusive Epidemic," * an article in the Hastings Center Report, Callahan says that what he calls "stigmatization lite," if used carefully, could provide an important strategy in the strikingly unsuccessful effort to help the 67 percent of Americans who are overweight or obese lose weight. He cites estimates that no more than 10 percent of those who try to lose weight succeed in the long run.
Callahan does not deny that stigmatization can do harm, such as increasing the risk of discrimination in the workplace and health care. But he believes that that risk would be minimized by "stigmatization lite," in which people who are overweight consider the threat of discrimination itself as a danger to be avoided: "don't let this happen to you!" His aim is to complement, not replace, public health strategies that would bring to bear a strong government hand, making use of laws and regulations and subsidizing healthy foods, good medical counseling, and special efforts at obesity prevention programs for children.
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"stigmatization lite"? Presumably when that doesn't work it'll be upgraded to "stigmatization full-fat" - pun intended.
Tobacco Control fanatics have clearly stated, time and time again, that tobacco is uniquely dangerous and that there would be no "domino effect" - the implication from Mr Callaghan here is that you can't believe a single word they say. Or is the money drying up over at TC and new streams of profitable hate-mongering are required?
The Anti-smoking camapaign has been a worldwide failure. The smoking rates are increasing globally while cigarette manufacturing is growing by leaps and bounds. The tobacco Blackmarket born from high taxation has cost the revenue depts 100s of billions of dollars globally thru loss of revenue and enforcement costs alone.
The Life cost savings that have been extrapolated via ''Junk Cost Savings studies'' are mere portraits of an agenda that lost its factual path many years before. The smoking and obesity societal costs are all over the place with fancy terminology never seen before.
To place whats truly going on is to simply state ''EUGENICS'' Culling the Human Herd so to speak. Desirable beautiful people that think progressivly are whom we desire and those not in the lower orders of human existence. If you cant be beaten into submission we will criminalize you for existing ie, Smoking Bans. We will use our entire might to create a fear that never was to stigmatize you by all others. Our government backed hate agenda will chase and break you regardless of sanctuary your Home. We will drag you from your beds,take your children in the nite and publicly ostrasize you as unfit for the mere act of smoking. You will be labelled ''CHILD ABUSERS'' for smoking around children......
Then moving onto the obese we will simply BANNISH YOU and throw away the key!
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