Being overweight is a cultural thing, I think. Here in the US, the war on overweight people is ramping up because "we as a culture" have always been hot on dictating to women exactly how they should look.
Many a well-fed German actress came over to the US in the 1920s, for example - Marlene Dietrich being a prime example - and immediately had to drop 20 or 30 pounds to fit into the American male's ideal of what a woman should look like. That's where the flapper look came in.
Today, the overweight are called obese because the government has actually changed the terminology! They changed the food triangle thingy from a healthy eating tool to a "do this to lose weight" tool. You can't watch any children's program these days without seeing the characters take time out to dance or "move." (Would that they'd also take time out to study or read a book ,but that's not a message the government wants to send because that entails sitting on the couch rather than "moving.")
The reason why it's cultural is that if you look at Mexico, or even Hawaii, you'll see that most of the native born folks are obese - it's part of their culture. Why should they starve themselves?
Apparently, 70% of the illegal aliens coming in from Mexico are overweight.
Here's what Rush had to say:
Well, I think now in the case of... I'm just guessing now. I'm just guessing, but I think in the case of immigrant obese people, there will be a lot of sympathy. They come from poor nations. They come from nations where their governments aren't that concerned about nutrition. I don't think that Michelle Obama and the Food Nazis would be nearly as condemning of immigrant obese people as they are of native Americans.
They would be more understanding. There'd be more compassion, and there will probably be more federal aid to help them. Whereas "Mikhail" Bloomberg and Moochelle Obama demand of Americans that we eat a certain way, there would be no demands on the illegals. We don't want make 'em mad. There would be efforts to understand them. They would be immediately made victims. We are supposed to feel sorry for them.
But, Dennis, don't worry. They're gonna have 10 years to lose weight. Remember, they're not gonna get Obamacare for 10 years. Ahem. Ahem. That's what the law says. (interruption) What? (interruption) Right. That's what the law says today, that they won't have access to Obamacare for... It's not even 10 years. I think it's like 14 years, or maybe that's to vote. But that's today. Obama could change his mind tomorrow.
Obama can just say, "You know what? I don't like this notion that these people have to wait a decade to be able to vote, so I'm gonna say they can vote tomorrow. In fact, we're gonna start our voter registration tonight at McDonald's and Burger King, and Kentucky Fried, Wendy's, and Taco Bell." Look, if he can just decide to punt the employer mandate, why can't he decide to grant them the right to vote?
We sit here and laugh about this, but that's actually very serious stuff.
I guarantee you, if a Republican president were trying this stuff with Democrat legislation, you wouldn't hear the end of it. There would be all these howls and protests about shredding the Constitution, violating the Constitution, but there isn't any of that with Obama. I mean, not even from very many Republicans. Instead we get these intellectual analyses of what it means constitutionally and what might happen -- do this and do that and so forth. But it's just amazing.