out of my belleh!

OBESE people who refuse to go to exercise classes prescribed by GPs face having their benefits docked.

Westminster Council yesterday proposed giving claimants swipe cards which show they have been.

Council leader Philippa Roe said: “The potential improvements to the nation’s health and to the public purse could be significant.”

The British Medical Association called the plan “silly” and said the best way to cut the £5.1billion cost of Britain’s obesity epidemic is to stop food outlets selling fatty grub.


  1. Steve Skubinna
    Posted January 3, 2013 at 10:06 pm |

    Coming soon to a nation near you!

    Socialized medicine – come for the nagging, stay for the death panels!

    Good thing this crap could never happen in the US, huh guys?

  2. john
    Posted January 3, 2013 at 10:36 pm |

    And today the inevitable internet article saying fat people live longer than skinny people.

    Heaven forbid people just mind their own business.

  3. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted January 3, 2013 at 11:47 pm |

    Oh, no — in these daze when all of US are paying all for eachother, I think everyone ought to be given a swipe card saying what each is allowed to have and not to have. To do and not to do.

    Then skinny people can buy bacon sammys for their fat friends for a little profit.

    And strangers ought to be allowed to come up and slap forbidden foods out of others’ hands. Fist fights are a good workout, too.

    Maybe, in the interest of full employment, bands of yobs [or other unemployed utes] could be hired by The State to chase fat strangers down the street for the exercise.

    And old ladies could supliment their pensions with a little stipend from The State to slap the “fags” out of yobs mouths as they stand on their street corners and bemoan their existences. Slap the beers right outta their mugs, too. And slap the tramp stamps and face-tackle right off those yobbettes, too

    [...wait I'm beginning to see how this Nannyism could be addictive.]

  4. Thunderbottom
    Posted January 4, 2013 at 6:20 am |

    There’s a guy in my church who’s a type II diabetic. His friends nag him regularly about watching his diet (like eating less carbs and sugar), watching his weight, and getting more exercise. He’s a deep-blue prog/lib who voted twice for Obama. Recently, he was having diabetes-related trouble with his eyes and he was whining about the “lack of a safety net” for people like him (he’s also a long-term underemployed music teacher who lost his home to foreclosure). I’ll bet he’ll be the first to complain when some Bloomberg-style health gauleiters start nagging him about his diet and exercise regimen.

  5. mech
    Posted January 4, 2013 at 7:29 am |

    I’ve always wondered why snack food makers and others don’t add some useful amount of fiber to their products. It would be a cheap healthy addition that they could emphasize in their marketing.

    Someone could hold a contest for new, healthier versions of snacks and fast food that actually tastes good and the publicity would be priceless, to the winners and the consumers.

    Competition, not legislation.

  6. john
    Posted January 4, 2013 at 7:38 am |


    Diabetes makes people aholic. It clouds their thinking, and makes them difficult to get along with. Its like the opposite of beer.

  7. SteveHGraham
    Posted January 4, 2013 at 8:21 am |

    Trying to see the difference between this and slavery.

  8. Posted January 4, 2013 at 8:39 am |

    chase fat strangers down the street for the exercise

    I have to admit: That sentence fragment gave me a partial boner.

  9. geezerette
    Posted January 4, 2013 at 9:20 am |

    Coming soon? It’s already here. Today– if you’re advised to have what they call a preventive test every two years and you refuse and something happens pertaining to that test your medicare will not cover it. If you prefer to pay for your own meds. and not pay for a government med plan and years after you apply for a gov. med plan for your prescriptions you will have to pay a fine.

  10. John A
    Posted January 4, 2013 at 11:14 am |

    Another way to cut “obesity.” Use the conclusions of your own country’s doctors. I am not sure about England (plus Scotland and Wales) but I do know that the UN’s W.H.O. published its idea of what BMI should be in various member-States: for the USA and Japan, WHO posted a number five points below those nation’s own figures. Both countries decided to adopt WHO’s figures – but in Japan doctors protested loudly enough to get the government to back down. In the US, not a peep though over thirty million people went from “normal” to “obese” in, effectively, a single day.

    Of course, BMI is being used improperly anyway. The guy who developed it would be horrified – he stated that it should be used for a [fairly] homogenous and large group, never for individuals. For individuals it is one of many indicators, like having a headache may be an indicator of some more severe problem.

  11. Thunderbottom
    Posted January 4, 2013 at 11:23 am |

    #6, John: I wouldn’t say that diabetes makes all people “aholic” – just the lib/progs who believe that it’s the government’s job to keep them healthy (it sounds like a “chicken-and-egg” thing: does diabetes make lib/progs “aholic” or were they originally that way?)

  12. Paul
    Posted January 4, 2013 at 8:06 pm |

    In the U.K. the beatings will continue till moral improves. And Mayor Bloomberg of NY approves!

  13. PeggyU
    Posted January 5, 2013 at 11:14 pm |

    If I were a fat British person, I’d go to exercise class, swipe my card, hang out in the sauna for a while, then head home and celebrate with an ice cream cone on the way.

    You just know that’s what some people will do.