The obesity problem, therefore, is not to be ignored; and governments, ever eager to seize upon the latest "crisis" to arrogate more power to themselves, have most certainly not ignored it. While the varied interventions -- among them fat taxes, soda bans, and even mandated waist measurements -- may appear to be isolated efforts by governments hoping to improve their peoples' health and reduce healthcare costs, they are, in fact, part of a much larger, global movement seeking vastly greater state control over all aspects of society.

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