People ought to be outraged by the lies being perpetrated by our government. No, I’m not talking about WMD in Iraq, I’m talking about the lies about what your weight should be.
|Underweight (BMI < 18.5)||33,746|
|“Normal” (BMI 18.5 to < 25)||0|
|“Overweight” (BMI 25 to <30)||-86,094|
|Obese (BMI 30 to < 35)||29,843|
|Extremely Obese (BMI 35+)||82,066|
Note the following amazing conclusions: (1) More deaths are caused by people being “underweight” than by people being “obese.” (2) More lives are saved by people being “overweight” than deaths caused by people being “extremely obese.”
If the number of people in the “normal” category is approximately 67% (a very rough approximation) of the number of people in the “overweight” category, and if all those people moved from the “normal” category to the “overweight category,” then 57,683 deaths would be prevented each year!
Of course, that’s not going to happen. But let’s suppose that, because of the government telling us that we need to lose weight in order to be healthy, one third of the people in the “normal” category would have otherwise been in the “overweight” category. Under this supposition, government lies have caused 19,228 deaths per year.
Let’s put this number in perspective. People are outraged over the 2,792 deaths caused by 9/11. Every single year, government lies about weight have caused the equivalent of nearly seven 9/11s!
People are outraged that 1,563 U.S. military deaths occurred because of our conquest of Iraq. More than twelve times that number of deaths have occurred every year because of government lies about weight.
Where’s the outrage? Why isn’t the whole blogosphere up in arms? Why isn’t Congress calling for hearings? Why aren’t people being punished for all of these preventable deaths?