Here’s a little conspiracy theory for you. I don’t believe in conspiracy theories (most times), and I don’t believe this one (at least not yet), but they’re fun.
I came across an article that essentially says that smokers and the obese are cheaper to care for – the study shows that fat folks and smokers do society a big favor by kicking the bucket early – avoiding those long, drawn out diseases of old age like Alzheimer’s – which cost a lot in terms of medical care.
So…that means that it’s good for society from a cost standpoint for us to be fat and die early.
Now you know why they call economics ‘the dismal science’.
It’s only a small leap to see that if the government wants to cut costs, keeping people fat would help.
So that leads to the conspiracy theory: the government wants us fat so we will die in the prime of life, and relatively suddenly, so that we don’t burden the system. To facilitate this, it pushes a diet that makes us fat – while telling us it makes us thin – and helps guide us down a path to our early demise.
Total rubbish – I know. Like I said: conspiracy theories are fun, but they’re just not real – things like that just don’t happen.
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I haven’t heard it put as a conspiracy theory, but I have heard the “practical” argument about smoking: Lung cancer and heart attacks are fairly quick killers (compared to years of resthome care) and they tend to strike people who are near the end of their productive (tax-paying) years, hence they never get to collect “their” money from the system.
When I’ve heard this it’s been more along the lines of: “Quit hassling the smokers, they’re doing everyone a favour.”
Not sure how it is in the US, but in NZ where I live smoking is very actively discouraged by the govt, so that would scupper any conspiracy theory.
Like any conspiracy theory, it’s full of holes so big you can drive a truck through – like the one you just pointed out about smoking. In the US the taxes on cigs are so high that you can call it a ‘stupid tax’ – you’d have to be stupid to pay that much to the government for the privilege of smoking. Not an encouragement.
Like I said – rubbish.
I noticed an article in the paper about that too, thought the same thing at first.
I don’t know, I think it smacks of a GREAT idea for a novel and then a film. Working titles:
– The Hunt for Fat October
– Clear and Present Smoker
– The Sum of All Beers
Anyway, if it really WAS a conspiracy, Michael Moore would have been all over it already.