New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg sure hates the sight of overweight human beings. In his latest foray into his purported fight against obesity, the billionaire civil servant signed an executive order to city agencies to promote the use of stairways and use smart design strategies for all new construction and major renovations.
According to the New York Times, the mayor claimed he’s not telling New Yorkers how to live but just suggesting that they take their health seriously by exercising in public buildings:
“I’m not here to tell you how to live,” explained Bloomberg, who claimed know what it’s like to shun the modern luxuries of excess and waste.
“I have five floors,” Bloomberg said. “I take the stairs.”
Bloomberg blathered on about the differences between this campaign and his other anti-obesity campaigns, hoping everyone would forgive or, more importantly, forget his attempt to ban oversized cups of soda last year.
The New York Daily News reported that the first proposal would require public buildings to illuminate stairwells with signs encouraging people to use stairs instead of standing in an elevator.
Secondly, Bloomberg wants stairwells to remain open at all times except in emergency situations where the stairs must be locked down, such as in the case of a building fire.
According to the Gothamist, you’re still free to take the elevator; no one will be standing by the doors with a taser to ward you off. The plan is meant to merely encourage New Yorkers to be greener, healthier, and more active by making movement easier and more appealing. Never mind that obesity standards are incredibly flawed — with muscular, in shape folks as well has healthy people with excess adipose tissue (fat) are lumped into this seemingly and increasingly arbitrary category called OBESITY.
The average building in The Big Apple is 38 stories high, which is equivalent to running a 3k or roughly 1.86 miles.