Timmy Elsewhere

At the ASI.

Obesity does not cost the taxpayer money: it saves the taxpayer money. Taxing fast food so as to reduce obesity and thus save the taxpayer money does not therefore work.

3 thoughts on “Timmy Elsewhere”

  1. Where did you get the statistic that the obese die younger?

    And are you aware of the “Obesity Paradox”?

    Tim adds: As far as I’m aware the obesity paradox isn’t actually about the obese. It’s about the overweight. That’s why the over 30 BMI caveat in that piece. I know that BMI of 25-30 leads to longer lifespans.

  2. Tim,

    OK – that sounds like it might be a disagreement over definitions. As far as I recall, the extra risk was mainly for those over 35, but I haven’t checked it in detail so I shan’t argue.

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