Rich man, poor man — the new heavyweights

The Average American Woman Now Weighs as Much as the Average 1960s Man. The average American woman weighs 166.2 pounds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As reddit recently pointed out, that’s almost exactly as much as the average American man weighed in the early 1960s.

Men, you’re not looking too hot in this scenario either. Over the same time period you gained nearly 30 pounds, from 166.3 in the 60s to 195.5 today. Doing the same comparison as above, today’s American man weighs almost as much as 1.5 American women from the 1960s. At 195.5 pounds, put five American guys in a room and you’ve gathered roughly half a ton of manhood.

Overall weight gain since 1960 is slightly greater for women (18.5 percent) than for men (17.6 percent). And both sexes have gained roughly an inch in height over the same period, which accounts for some of that weight gain.

It used to be that only rich people got fat, but these days it’s more a problem among the poor, or should I say the “so-called” poor because America’s welfare kings and queens are not poor by any world standard.  Our so-called poor are just eating to much, a personal choice they make. However, they make those choices under circumstances they perhaps did not create, at least not by themselves.

Theodore Dalrymple hesitantly cites this quote from Karl Marx:

Men make their own history, but not just as they please; they do not make it under circumstances chosen by themselves, but under circumstances directly encountered, given and transmitted from the past.

He asks whether Obesity is a disease or a moral failing.  He points out that people have choices but that doesn’t matter if they are not capable of making good choices.  The government is constantly making history for other people and creating circumstances in which bad choices are easier to make without paying a price, at least not an immediate price.

I say dump the food stamp program. Dump a lot of government too, so we can have a growing economy with job opportunities. Conservatives differ from liberals in how they measure compassion. Liberals measure compassion by how many people are on the government dole. Conservatives measure compassion by how many people no longer need it because they’ve got a a job that enables them to become independent, maybe even achieve that pinnacle where human flourishing can occur, where a person can become self actualizing.  That’s where people make their own history free of circumstances that restrain them.

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