I give it ten years tops before the American government decides this is an idea worth stealing: the Japanese government, in an attempt to stave off an obesity "epidemic," has passed a law mandating maximum waist sizes
for people over age 40: 33.5 inches for men and 35.4 inches for women. Anyone who surpasses that is required to undergo "counseling."
Story taken from the Global Post
, which I devoutly hope is a heretofore-unknown subsidiary of The Onion
. (My own waist, incidentally, has a circumference of just under 25 inches, but stories like this make me want to inhale a few gallons of Ben & Jerry's purely out of spite.)