Obesity Can Be a Disability, Says European Court of Justice »

The European Court of Justice has just issued an opinion holding that obesity can be a disability requiring employers to “take appropriate measures . . . to enable a person with a disability to have access to, participate in, or advance in employment, or to undergo training, unless such measures would impose a disproportionate burden...
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Fatty Footprints: A Modest Proposal Based on Liberal GroupThink »

Fact: The USA is in the midst of a obesity epidemic. Fact: Fat people are more likely to need health services, work fewer years, and pay less in taxes. They “free ride” by consuming scarce health care resources paid for by those who are healthy and thin. PROPOSAL: For their own good, and for...
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Unhappy Meals: Nanny State Bans Toys for Kiddies »

Once again leading the way in zany legislation, California’s Santa Clara County became the first locale to ban toy give-aways with meals exceeding the Department of Health and Human Service’s recommended maximums of 485 calories, or with more than 35 percent of their calories from fat or 10 percent from added sweeteners, or that...
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A Trip to Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart »

Charles Courtemanche and I have gotten a little bit of coverage with our paper on Big Box retailers and obesity. Here’s the abstract: We estimate the impacts of Wal-Mart and warehouse club retailers on height-adjusted body weight and overweight and obesity status, finding robust evidence that non-grocery selling Wal-Marts reduce weight while grocery-selling Wal-Marts...
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