Overweight people will be paid to lose weight, under radical new Government plans unveiled today to tackle the escalating obesity crisis Under the NHS-backed scheme, those who shed the pounds will be rewarded with cash or shopping vouchers. Incentives could be higher or lower depending on the amount of weight a participant loses, although the amounts are still unclear. However only those with a job will qualify - and employers will also be urged to offer incentives to staff who shed pounds. Firms would receive tax breaks from the Government and would also receive some funding to set up slimming or exercise classes. Read more >>
The cartoon by Mac from the Daily Mail shows a company boss dictating a letter to his (overweight) secretary, who is running around inside a hamster wheel. We can see more employees on hamster wheels in other offices of the company. And there is also a collection of fitness equipment on the floor, including a skipping rope, dumbbells, and a set of weights.
We have to assume that the man is going to send the letter to the NHS so that his company can get a tax break. We also have to assume that the hamster wheels are also producing electricity, which is why he talks about 'considerable savings in our electricity bills.'