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.