Spain acted first, but England and Italy may follow, adopting measures to protect the people of Europe from excessively skinny runway models. Radley Balko has the details here.
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“People who are overweight or obese are at higher risk for chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol. At a minimum, anyone who is obese should try to avoid gaining additional weight. In addition, anyone who is obese should try to lose weight. …”
I'm going to start a franchise selling lingerie to fat women, since that's where the money is.
Should the U.S. take advice from Spanish law students on what the "business" of the U.S. government should be? Positive law be damned?
I'm not certain what I the consequences of this are respecting overall world trend, or if it is a cultural phenomenon, but I don't dare question the right of duly elected legislators and democratically preserved judicial positions to decide what the business of THEIR government is.
“We have come full circle. Your objection and desire to enlighten "no matter how many people, or which people" to your enlightened opinion is the height of paternalism.”
“Surely you're not comparing slavery to burning a book, or are you? I wouldn't think that this example would fly at HLS, but I guess there's no Gilbert's on Life, is there? Do you consider slavery to representative of the evils of paternalism? How about speed limits (I grew up in Montana, so, hey, I think even you might be able to infer where I stand on that subject)?”
“Is that what a democratic government should do based upon its format of government? Yes. Is it morally reprehensible? Yes. Is this an example that a professor at HLS or anywhere else would let you get away with? No.”
“Is there a ius cogens norm against "paternalism" similar to the ones that certain people (those who talk in absolutes, such as YOU do) suggest exist against apartheid and slavery? Do you put the three in the same category?”
Book burning (and all other censorship) is certainly a form of paternalism, slavery clearly is not.
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And as much as you'd like it to be true to prove a point: paternalism is not slavery
“but I suggest that your form of government would, among other results, take away the right of parents to discipline and guide children (think ten year olds smoking), something that would be considered to be equally paternalistic by some.”
Dan Hamilton wrote:
"Outlaw the ultra-thin. All models must eat each day. We must save the women they cannot save themselves."