Last week saw the broadcasting of a controversial documentary "Tax the Fat" by Giles Coren. Giles went on a quest to seek opinions on whether fat people should be taxed in order to save the NHS £1 billion; money which is spent on obesity-related diseases every year. Two out of three adults in the UK are overweight or obese at the moment. Considering predictions of an exponential increase in average weight, he proposes that people with a Body Mass Index above 30 should be forced to pay higher taxes, thus shifting the burden away from those living a healthier lifestyle.
While the documentary was certainly thought-provoking and generated some good arguments (should overweight air commuters pay "excess baggage" fines?), I found the style of the commentary to be somewhat prejudiced and unnecessarily harsh at times.
Interestingly, Giles is a food critic and columnist for The Times and GQ magazine.
Below is a snippet from the documentary.
Did anyone else watch this documentary? What are your views?