Paul Krugman is on an anti-obesity kick, as demonstrated by his most recent column.
The anti-obesity movement has become the left’s latest cause, even though it’s based on pseudo-science. No one has a clue as to what food is truly “healthy.” People are living longer today than ever before, which creates the presumption that what we are eating today is pretty good stuff. The burden of proof should be on those who say we are eating the wrong stuff.
People lose weight on the Dr. Atkins high fat diet, which is the complete opposite result of what is supposed to happen when you eat a high fat diet.
Previous claims that being overweight causes hundreds of thousands of deaths per year in the U.S. turned out to be completely bogus.
Furthermore, the claim that people are getting fatter is also bogus.
Krugman compares obesity to cigarette smoking, but the two are not comparable. Smoking is a voluntary behavior the people can stop. But one’s body weight is to a large extent determined by one’s genes, and eating is not a bad behavior like smoking. You have to eat in order to live.
Krugman ought to go back to writing about stuff he knows about (allegedly economics) and leave obesity to people who have actually bothered to study the issue in an open minded manner.