Big in Texas
So many government workers in Travis County, Texas are so fat that county leaders are considering paying for stomach stapling operations. The county says 300 to 400 of its 4,100 employees are morbidly obese and are unable to lose weight through diet and exercise. The operations would cost up to $20,000 each.
The county is proposing to pay for up to 15 per year for five years to see if it will actually save money on health care, absenteeism and other costs.