There is a trend in this nation, one that insists on mass "nudging" in the name of public welfare. Americans, the thought goes, will drop bad habits if we punish them for their choices. So if we raise gas taxes, they will drive the right kinds of cars. If we make soda cost as much as gold, people will stop being such fat slobs. Nirvana through social engineering!
Each new year, the most common promise Americans make to themselves is to lose weight. Some of us need it. Yet, many of us have fallen for the incessant war against fat (and against those of us who teeter on the edge of stoutness) or the "obesity epidemic" — a world where eating a Big Mac or a taco is the moral equivalent of sucking down the smolder from crack cocaine.
The way things are going, corpulence will soon be declared a crime against humanity. Politicians across the country are already demanding (and sometimes instituting) restaurant portion limits, sin taxes, soda bans, health zones (burger-free zones) in an attempt to nudge, implore, nag and convince us that looking like Michael Phelps is helpful to anyone.