Fat people have an increased risk of chronic disease, and their medical costs end up being substantially higher than their leaner counterparts.
So the government is weighing proposals that would make it easier for employers to use financial rewards or penalties to promote healthy behavior, like weight loss.
But are the obese becoming popular punching bags in the debate? When we live in a society where from the youngest age you're being fed a steady media diet of French fries, Coke, cheeseburgers and ice cream, how responsible are you for your food choices?
The New York Times has an interesting article on the subject. Click Here to Read.