Free vasectomies for fat guys!
[URL=http://www.pnmj.org/0032205_curing_obesity.asp]Wow. Just... wow.[/URL]
[QUOTE=pnmj.org]Beginning last November, the city of San Francisco began a program whereupon clinically obese men between the ages of 18 and 55 could undergo a procedure whereupon approximately 1/2 an inch is removed from each vas and the ends are sealed - commonly referred to as a vasectomy - completely free of charge. The overwhelming turnout led the State of California to follow suit, and now California is the first state in the Union to offer state-funded vasectomies to men who have been diagnosed as obese.
Why would a state adopt such a controversial program? The basis is simple: vasectomy is a popular method of birth control (in 1983, figures showed that approximately 10 million men had been sterilized in the U.S. since 1969). By offering such a highly effective form of birth control freely to men who, by clinical diagnosis, have been deemed genetically inferior to the normalized median of homo sapien development, such a gene line would effectively be eliminated. [/QUOTE]
Damn. While I'm all for taking steps to cure obesity and, well, getting shit for free, this is a little nuts (no pun intended). First of all, I'm not convinced that obesity is a purely genetic issue. Lifestyle choices play a huge part in how someone's body is made up. I've lost 20 lbs myself in the last eight weeks by just eating right, some calisthenics in the morning, and walking a lot. If you look at most charts out there (especially those crappy BMI ones) will tell you that someone 5'7" tall and 215 lbs is obese. According to this program, I could have gotten a free vasectomy because I was genetically inferior. I'm already back down under 195 lbs, and according to my electro-body-fat scale I'm now 24% body fat. That's within healthy range, and I'm still losing at least a pound a week. By the time my body finishes adjusting to this new lifestyle I've adopted, I'll probably be under 180 lbs and under 20% body fat. And my genes will still be the same. So, WTF is this shit really about?
As much as I think genetic research and engineering holds promise for curing various diseases in the future, this shit sounds much more like the term "cleansing"... you know the one Hitler liked to throw around?