Thursday, January 05, 2006

Scooting Toward Bethlehem

Gilles Mingasson/Getty Images For Newsweek

From Newsweek, yet again:

For a growing swath of people—in numbers, age and girth—scooting is the new walking. Once solely the domain of the barely mobile, scooters are becoming more lifestyle accessory than medical necessity as obesity rates skyrocket and life-expectancy rates creep up...

...With the number of obese adults over the age of 60 in the United States expected to reach nearly 21 million in 2010, a 43 percent jump from 2000, the appeal of the wheel is obvious. Add a generation of aging boomers used to doing what they want, when they want, and you just might have the next suburban status symbol.

43 percent.

In 2010, this country is going to be awash in obese people on sporty little scooters, raising fists and shouting "fat power!"*

Obesity is the new "oppressed minority." I don't hate fat people, but I'm inclined to point out that obesity is physically unhealthy - unlike, say, being black (although some black people might argue that being black is, in fact, unhealthy - if only because of all the lynchings n' stuff. And slavery. And "white power." And economic disenfranchisement. And "That's So Raven.").

*If you wish to keep your sanity and eye-sight do NOT click on the exclamation point at the bottom of this linked page.


At 8:53 AM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

Not to mention type 2 diabetes, sickle cell, and a host of other diseases that hit black people in disproportinately (sic) high numbers. And the death penalty, let's not forget that.

At 10:27 AM, Blogger Jabawacefti said...

You are evil. Truly evil. You know if you tell me not to click on the exclamation point that's exactly what I'm going to do.

Arrrgghhh!!! MY EYES!!! MY EYES!!!

At 11:38 AM, Blogger codemorse said...


Feast your melting eyeballs on "the collapsible ass!"


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