President of the United States, Barack Obama, has sought to appoint an overweight person to the post of surgeon general. This is raising cries that she is unsuitable because of her weight. Surely, cry the anti-obesity campaigners, this knocks her out of contention!
Click here to grab a quick look at one story - and to assess for yourself in unscientific ways just how much of a chubster the learned Doctor Regina Benjamin may or may not be.
But does this matter?
The POTUS has been struggling with getting his health care reform through congress, and as a consequence is already labouring with the an approval rating at the same stage in his presidency that is ninth out of the last twelve presidents.
But on the issue of choosing his Surgeon General he gets some support from the right wing think tank the Cato institute. You see, they like freedom. In the same way as they support Obama's freedom to smoke - shock, horror - they allow Dr. Benjamin the right to dine heartily. But even moving past philosophical considerations, they cast doubt on the issue of obesity, citing research which shows that men in the overweight category of BMI have a lower mortality rate than men in the normal category.