Rahm’s Emanuel’s Brother Declares Fat People Bad for the Economy


dr-ezekiel-emanuelWhile the White House is making its last pushes for health care reform to be passed in Congress – a campaign against the so-called obesity epidemic has been ramped up in political circles. The media have played along, of course. First Lady Michelle Obama recently made an unusual appearance on the Fox News Channel about this issue.

But in all the obesity hand wringing some bizarre remarks from an important person were overlooked. Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, a White House adviser and the older brother to White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, told the New York Times “Freakonomics Radio” recently that this condition has a broader impact on our lives, specifically the economy.

“I mean, we’re all focused on health care, diabetes and heart disease,” Emanuel said on Feb. 25. “But, there’s all sorts of things like the simple that, you know – heavier people – transportation is more, so there’s more spent on gasoline, more on jet fuel.”

Emanuel, a bioethicist at the American National Institutes of Health, explained that it’s not just energy costs, but also infrastructure.

“People have had to change, ah you know, the size of doorways, the size of chairs on airplanes and at sports stadiums,” Emanuel said. “So there’s a lot of hidden costs as well to the increasing girth of Americans.”

The obesity epidemic’s impact on the economy has been an argument used by left-leaning groups and pundits that advocate stricter regulations from the government for the past several years, now more recently employed by First Lady Michelle Obama. However, as Reason.tv’s Nick Gillespie recently pointed out, the best way to solve these alleged impediments on wealth and prosperity for the country is for the government to get out of the way so that people will have to pay for their choices.

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  1. Obesity is out of control. Most Americans are overweight and many are huge.
    I’ve seen some morbidly obese yidden and there’s no excuse. We need to stop fressing and start moving our bodies.

  2. everybody has free choice, and just because people are getting heavier does it demand the government input on it. they are allowed to do what they want, at their cost (like #2) but no reason to blame them for their personal lifestyle

  3. Ramble ramble? I didn’t get what you said however yes, the govt can’t tell you what to eat but if you are fat you do make life difficult for yourself and others. You create unneccessary health care costs and try sitting on a plane next to an obese person. Worst flight of your life. They take up half of your seat…

  4. Fresser: well put.
    However, they also contribute to the shidduch “crisis”, which means less shadchanus gelt for our “esteemed” shadchanim, which means they get to spend less, which counters their extra spending on food to some extent

  5. These people must be severely obese starting at about 400+ lbs. I say this because by any chart I am considered an overweight individual. However, I do not take up more than one seat on a plane, i fit in doorways, school desks, and booths just fine. When i sit down in my car it does not lower from my weight, so……… I am perplexed to these people that sound like on most days they would not be able to move out of the house much less impede on the public.