Why Coloradans need to get fatter

A new survey finds that Colorado has the lowest percentage of overweight adults in these United States, and the tenth lowest percentage of obese children. But is that a good thing? Not according to student Shane Neely, who in late 2007 presented a speech in a Boulder classroom entitled, "Why Obesity Is Good for Society," and posted the results viewable above on YouTube. His politically incorrect arguments: Fat people live like kings, are comfortable, jolly and good for the economy, because of all the diet-related items and/or Oreos they buy. No wonder he lamented the dearth of such folks in the health-conscious community. "It'll probably be months before you see a fat person in Boulder," he says. "But next time you see one, just say, 'Thank you.'"

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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