Is someone trying to be ironic when they say that a new chain store that sells close to expired stock cheaply is a bad idea because it will “cause obesity”. Adolf at No Minister is right here when he says that these guys are doing the right thing, and that the critique on the grounds of obesity seems out of place (ht Kiwiblog).
If people want to eat enough and put on some weight that is their decision. After all WTF is an “obesity epidemic” – I didn’t realise people could gain weight just from looking at me after I’ve eaten 😉
Say that there is an externality from obesity – well then we should try to solve that, not regulate the supply of food. No the idea of an externality may lead to a “fat tax“. Poor information for consumers might drive us to label foods in better ways. But there is no value to be gained from refusing to allow competition in supermarket sales.
Truly, these people that focus on obesity DO NOT CARE about the happiness of people – they only care about the fact that they don’t like obesity. It makes me sad 🙁
And if you try to defend these claims on a basis similar to “people don’t know what’s good for them” I suggest you just write down what you just thought and read it …