There is a train of thought that people who live unhealthy lifestyles should be punished for doing such, but is it really right to let the government punish them?
Personally I think it would be ridiculous.
It would be censorship of people’s lives in the most intimate way and not something you could honestly police.
For instance what is unhealthy?
Eating McDonalds won’t make you unhealthy unless you just eat McDonalds, should anyone who eats a McDonalds be punished? Would it be right just to ban McDonalds in general so people couldn’t get fast food?
If we then ban fast food one of the knock on effects will be that “healthier” options would be able to charge more for their food, with no competition from cheaper options then eating out would become a true rich people thing. Its basically punishing people for enjoying something.
We already have laws on drugs, we force kids to do sports in schools and try to teach people to live healthy lives but the true fact is that the government doesn’t do its best to make sure that healthy food is affordable. I’ve noticed since the nice weather my food bill has gone way up because instead of buying quick, unhealthy meals to warm up in my microwave I’ve tried to eat more salads and stuff. Its nicer in this weather but its much more expensive.
In actual fact a lot of the things that would change very much feel like a punishment for poor people.
What the government should be doing is making healthy food more affordable, teach kids to love sports instead of making it like torture at schools and people should butt out of other people’s lives.
You can judge someone on the outside based on weight and all sorts but you don’t know the people personally. Some of the fittest people I know have a few extra pounds and its usually because of reasons other then being unhealthy. For example Anna is slightly over weight but I know people with muscle tone and “healthy” lifestyles that can’t lift half as much as she can or walk half as far as she can. Her problem is her depression means she starves herself for long periods then over eats when she gets her appetite back, she won’t eat meals but will snack on her break and whilst she gets a lot more exercise then some people do she doesn’t drink enough water or leave the house much when she doesn’t have too. In one way the government would punish her for a mental health problem that maybe the government should be helping more to tackle, she suffered from this for most of her life and its something she can’t help but it has led to unhealthy habits that she’s trying to break on her own because there is just little to no help for her to get past it.
Where do you then draw the line? How do you tell who has a unhealthy lifestyle? What about people with eating disorders that can look perfectly healthy on the outside but inside are killing themselves? Drug abusers before they become obvious drug abusers on the outside? People who self harm? Why punish them instead of helping them?
A lot of the arguments for this kind of thing happen to be aimed at “lets imprison fat people” but never see the fact that a whole bunch of people are unhealthy just not in the way that they define it.
Instead of punishing people surely its better to help them?