No one would ever force other people to eat broccoli and exercise, right?

June 4th, 2012

Right? No?

At a “Harvard Thinks Big” confab earlier this year, evolutionary biologist Daniel Lieberman offered his own bright idea for tackling the nation’s obesity epidemic. Merely medicating it won’t do, he said, and education is well-meaning but ineffective. His answer? “Coercion. … We should start telling corporations what to do.” But not just corporations. He also advocated – “to hearty applause,” the Harvard Gazette noted – “requiring people to exercise.”

Coming soon to a mandate near you.

When reducing health care costs is a valid state interest, why couldn’t the government force people to exercise. Or, how about you have to pay a tax if you don’t exercise? Would that be any better?