April 08, 2008

I Think I'm Turning Japanese

Don't laugh, Universal Health Care will require the same thing here:

To curtail Japan's overweight population, the Japanese health ministry recently mandated that all waistlines among its 56 million workers over age 40 be below “regulation size” of 33.5 inches (for men). Any company failing to bring its employees’ weight under control--as well as the weights of their family members--will be fined up to 10% of its earnings by the government.

According to government officials, 27 million Japanese--about half of all adult workers--have health indices (cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and BMI) that don’t meet ideal numbers, and will be targeted for mandatory medical intervention.

Via Al Dente via Instapundit.

Posted by Charles Austin at April 8, 2008 10:40 PM