Elevator ban in fight against the obesity epidemic – seriously!


The desparation is spreading. In Turkey a ban on using the elevator is now introduced to curb the obesity epidemic in the population:

Daily Sabah: Governor takes on elevators in fight against obesity

So far the ban only applies to public buildings in a province in Turkey – and if you want to go beyond the third floor this is apparently ok. There are also exemptions for nursing homes and people who for health reasons can’t climb stairs.

I wonder if you need a doctor’s note to take the elevator and who is going to monitor this? And what about strollers, should they too take the stairs?

The Elevator Act will hardly be a success. Of course it’s good to move, but unfortunately it doesn’t have any major impact on weight. Similar laws will produce a lot of hassle but hardly any positive effect. You also add to the old prejudices against people with weight problems.

The same governor has previously ordered that coffeehouses serve tea with only one sugar cube instead of two. This is a step in the right direction but it fails to adress the truly massive problem.


If you’re going to have an impact on the obesity epidemic through legislation you need to start at the right place.


Four Simple Steps to a Healthier and Leaner Life

Obesity Is Not Caused by a Lack of Exercise


  1. FrankG
    I guess it may help to raise awreness but, as happens all too often, this policy is approaching obesity [incorrectly] from a behavioural point of view...

    I still notice so many folks (as Tom Naughton pointed out in Fat Head) who drive around and around in circles, just to get that prime parking spot close to the store entrance... while I drive in (on rare occasions when not walking) and park at the far end of the car-park, where there is always loads of room.

    For me enforced exercise is a thing of the past, when I was eating the standrad "diet" and least felt like doing anything.. now with an LCHF approach, physical activity comes naturally.

    Much as we llike to consider ourselves as somehow "above nature" (and for this I largely blame religion) all our behaviours are rooted in biochemistry.

  2. Thomas E
    it is behavioral. Eating is very behavioral. My wife and I have been reasonably LCHF for the last 6-8 months. Both of us seeing positive effects! But still working, and I strayed a bit during the holidays.

    But even seeing our weight loss, and hearing of how our joints feel better, and so on, has not deterred most of our friends and family. The still have yet to slow on the bread, or candy.

    Bread, pasta, and so on is so engrained into people's belief and habits it is scary. Just as I could not imagine completing in a triathlon, they can't see not eating "healthy" breads.

    Not to cry on your shoulders, but it is really bugging me with my dad, to keep his weight somewhat reasonable he is starving himself, living on maybe 1500 calories a day. With much of his lean muscle mass lost, but still probably clinically obese. He is deteriating, he has bounced back before, but to add insult to injury, he is now on statins. Blaming muscle soreness on a bad back. He won't listen to me, and believes his doctors hung the moon. Who, BTW, have put him in the hospital at least twice because of drug interactions.

    I don't know the right word for it, but he is suffering from hearing fat is bad, and the doctor is correct for over 30 years.

    Just I knew how to convince him to read, he has the time. But if anything get rid of the margerine, enjoy butter, bacon, eggs , and so on. But alas he tells me pork rinds are unhealthy, and heads for the low alcohol beer.

    Hopefully, knowledge will continue to spread. Right now, I am just docent rating on being the best example I can be.

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  3. Howard
    "If you’re going to have an impact on the obesity epidemic through legislation you need to start at the right place."

    In order to start at the right place, government (at all levels) needs to get the hell out of trying to regulate something it knows less than nothing about.

  4. Lori Miller
    I'd rather the US government stop churning out bad science and bad advice and stop subsidizing grains. If they hadn't done those things in the first place, there wouldn't be any so-called need to try to whip its citizens into shape.
  5. Sophie
    I eat lchf and use elevators all the time. Elevators don't make me gain weight
  6. Murray
    The urge to eat is not behavioural--it is hormonal.

    The willpower ideology is the hangman's dogma. It rationalizes the schadenfreude of the cruel, who revel in blaming the victims of bad dietary advice that disturbs hormonal dynamics and thus disturbs hormonal appetite regulation and energy conservation.

    With continuously elevated insulin from a diet that exceeds one's metabolic carb tolerance, the metabolism is denied access to fat cells for energy. A reduced calorie high carb diet will thus stimulate great hunger, cause overwhelming feelings of tiredness to conserve energy and cannibalize lean body mass for energy (a "gnawing" hunger), insofar as "willpower" pushes the body to select bad calories, reduce calories and increase exercise. Loss of lean body mass is a hallmark of a calories in calories out and willpower dogmas.

  7. Stephanie
    The elevator ban, in terms of safety, is absurd. A friend of mine is an elevator tech, and he says it's totally safe to get on an elevator full of obese people. The elevator you don't want on is the one full of pro basketball players. Because they are so tall, you can get a lot more of them on board, and they are likely to weigh 200+ pounds each.

    Do the math. If an elevator rated for 3,000 pounds and can carry 10 obese people who average 250 pounds, that's 2,500 pounds. But you might be able to pack into the same space 20 basketball players at 250 pounds each -- that's 5,000 pounds.

  8. David
    Another ridiculously impractical or ill-advised political response to the obesity problem. Elevator usage didn't lead anyone to obesity - it was their food choices.

    A value added tax on sugar and wheat would be a better response to the obesity problem. Sugar and wheat need to be trimmed from our diets for healthier outcomes. Like tabacco, tapping the pocket book is quickest way to effect lasting changes.

  9. Leanne B
    Another insane idea brought to you by the shallow thinkers who have no understanding of the myriad numbers of reasons people carry extra weight, including poverty and sexual abuse. How unmerciful!
  10. Emory
    Banning elevators is not a solution to obesity but it will be great for orthopedic surgeons.
  11. tony
    I don't believe exercise will have a material impact on weight loss. You will always need to eat LCHF.

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