1. Step one: impose a strict socialist regime.

2. Step two: Cling to said regime long after communism has failed in the rest of the world. The resulting economic collapse will force everyone to drastically reduce their caloric intake, and increase their activity level.

2. Step three: there is no step three.

It does have the virtue of simplicity. But given the side effect profile, I think I'd rather stick with Fen-Phen.

(via Ron Bailey)

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