Diet firm offers revised best job in the world

If you are a proud American who, at the end of the day, just wants to be paid to sit around and eat junk food, it sucks to be you. That's because your dream job is over in England. In a serious challenge to Australia's "Best Job in the World," Proactol Ltd. is advertising a new position whose sole requirement is to "eat 400 extra calories every day in high fat meals." The goal is to test the company's weight-loss product—which, thanks to its fat-binding properties, supposedly helps people lose weight even if they eat more. For their trouble, the new hire will get £23,750 a year. If I were to put a price on my health and dignity, that's about where it would land. Still, I get the idea that Proactol doesn't think much of the potential applicants. Phrases like "continue doing exactly what you do every single day," "we want you to be yourself," and "the ultimate average Joe" suggests a dim view of human nature when they're calling for someone to make a complete pig of him/herself for money. Such a view might be justified, of course, but there's no need to be so condescending.

—Posted by David Kiefaber