Friday, January 28, 2011

Gaining weight to lose it

Here’s how Darin McCloud, a 45-year-old man in Portsmouth, England, has been eating lately:
He has been scoffing three-quarters of a loaf of bread, several packets of crisps and bacon rolls every day, and tucking into chips, takeaways and junk food for his tea.
Because, according to the Mirror, he wants to lose weight.

And McCloud has apparently decided the best way to lose weight is to have gastric-bypass surgery. (We once wrote a column on this topic.) The problem is that, at 20 stones (280 pounds), he doesn’t quite meet the requirements for NHS-sponsored gastric surgery. So he’s trying to eat his way up to the limit.
--Stephen Dubner, Freakonomics blog, on moral hazard induced by eligibility thresholds

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