Obesity Fines are a new trend in government-devised Anti-Obesity initiative that started in New Zealand. The laws came about after Prime Minister Helen Clark decided that brainwashing the population with "encore" screenings of The Biggest Loser wasn't working well enough.
In the recently passed legislation, anybody over the "ideal weight determined by the government" gets some form of punishment, detailed below.
- 1 Punishments
- 2 Methods of capturing fatties
- 3 Advertising Campaigns
- 4 Results of the Initiative
- 5 Scandal
- 6 United States: The Obesity Tax
- 7 See also
Under the new system, everybody in New Zealand gets a Food License. If you get caught in any of the ways detailed in the next section, varying degrees of punishment are used:
Demerit points and fines
The least severe of all punishments, Demerit Points are put on your license if you are caught carrying more than your fair share of lard. Typically, your fat will cost you 25 demerit points. If you get more than 130 demerit points in two years, you will usually get some time at fat camp.
Demerit points usually come with huge fines. The number of demerit points you receive is multiplied by ten to make the fine. For example, 25 demerit points would get you a fine of $250. While the money gathered from these fines is meant to go into healthcare, its true destination is revealed in the Scandal Section (scroll down).
If you are a repeat offender, thus exceeding the 130 demerit point limit, you get 6 months at Fat Camp. You shall also be sent to fat camp if you are a four year old gingah fatty covered in sand that frequents island bay beach. Fat Camp is thought to be the most severe punishment.
If you are caught up in the black food market or carrying an obsessive amount of flab you automatically receive the death penalty, any civilian or officer may put you to your death.
Methods of capturing fatties
Annual national weigh-in
Pavement Obesity Police (POP)
Police set up a stealth scale system beneath the footpath pavements of central city streets. The cops sit in their unmarked patrol cars, watching the display on the dashboard for each passing pedestrian. Once an overweight person is detected, the cop hops out and the person is punished.
Fast Food Surveillance
All drive-thru takeaways are video-monitored, and all license plates recorded. If a car is spotted at drive thru's more than three times a week, that person is tracked down and punished.
Checkout Analysis Device (CAD)
There are two methods of CAD, the Advanced Method and the Less Advanced Method. While both are effective, police generally prefer the advanced method as it means less work for them.
The Hawk Radar is a less elaborate method than POP. In this method, the cop simply points the Hawk Radar at people. If the Hawk Radar detects a disproportionate amount of girth on a person, that person is punished.
An extension of the Hawk Radar concept, all makers of lardy food are required to put microchips in their food. The Hawk Radar then counts microchips in people, and if they exceed the limit, the person is punished.
Banning of Large Clothes
If a person is caught buying clothes the government deems are too big (i.e. Size XXL shirts), the shop must report the shopper to the police.
Dob In A Fatty
Everybody is encouraged to call the government hotline (0800 1FATFATTY) if they believe that neighbours, flatmates or fellow family members (wife) etc. exceeds the Body Mass Index Limit. Narks are given a free trip to the Gold Coast. But as the Gold coast is full of Australians, Maori and Asians, this incentive has not proved popular.
With the new initiative comes an excessive advertising campaign involving television commercials, radio commercials and billboards. The tagline of the campaign was "Obesity: It's a crime. Not A Sickness"
Results of the Initiative
Unfortunately for Helen Clark, the initiative has only brought about a small decrease in national obesity, because over-eaters have found ways around the law. Families (usually Polynesian ones) organise their cars to make runs to KFC and other takeaways at different times to make bulk-orders, thereby avoiding Fast Food Surveillance. "Food dealers" are also employed to sell KFC and other lardy food black-market, thereby ensuring that the fattest in society are rarely caught.
A scandal has erupted concerning the use of the fine money. A leaked document discovered by the Television New Zealand TVNZ Investigative Unit reveals that only 5% of the money actually goes into healthcare (where it was meant to go). It seems the other 95% was split between additional conservation spending (an area where New Zealand already excels), and themed Cocktail parties for MP's. Helen Clark refuted these allegations publicly on Television, after attacking her interviewer with her dead lifeless fingernails.
An anti-government campaign group ("FPR" - Fat People's Rights) was founded by Fat Freddy (of the kiwi musical group Fat Freddy's Drop) and Chad Valliant Jnr. claiming the Government's ways were inhumane. Their anti-government campaign began with a "Hikoi" (Máori Language Slang for Protest March) from Auckland to the steps of Parliament in Wellington. The walk took 18 weeks. Unfortunately for FPR, only 4 things were achieved from the Hikoi.
- 1. A new fault-line created and millions of dollars worth of damage from the collective weight of 10,000 obese people walking in tandem.
- 2. Several people actually lost weight during the walk.
- 3. Four of the marchers died from the exhaustion of walking.
- 4. The surviving marchers, after 126 days of walking, were all arrested on arrival into Wellington. This created a logistical nightmare for the Police.
United States: The Obesity Tax
Building upon the early success of the New Zealand program, the Administration of President George W. Bush moved swiftly to introduce a Federal excise tax on obese Americans, stating that "while I am not in favor of taxation as a rule, we must face the reality that fat Americans put an undue strain on the American infrastructure and food supply."
For the 2005 Obesity Tax season, revenue from the tax single handedly erased the U.S. budget deficit, with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) projecting that the nations pre-war budget surplus to be restored by 2007.
Under the U.S. plan, which provides a freedom of religious exemption for morbidly obese Southern Baptists (who worship cassaroles and other covered dish meals), fat people are taxed at the rate of fifty ($50) U.S. dollars for every pound over their medically ideal weight, plus an allowable twenty-pound overage for acceptable gluttony. An alternative minimum-tax rate kicks in cases where corpulent violators are unable to see their feet and/or cause a full-size SUV tip to tip-over while seated alone in the vehicle.
Violators of the American Obesity Tax are subject to fines and penalties, including mandatory enrollment in a state supervised "Deal-A-Meal" program which is overseen by the President's appointed U.S. Corpulency Czar Richard Simmons. In the "Deal-A-Meal" program, fat people are forced to eat only two meals a day, each of which are no larger than a human hand, and generally taste like either cardboard or paste, consisting of genetically modified grains. Repeat offenders also face life imprisonment at the U.S. super-max fat farm at Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts.
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