Because Mummy really should slave over a hot stove

That she doesn’t shows that she doesn’t love the little ones:

Britain’s booming restaurant culture is fuelling record levels of childhood obesity, with today’s children spending at least twice as much time spent eating out as previous generations did, experts have warned.

Health officials said families no longer behaved as though dining out was a “treat” and have instead allowed restaurant meals and fast food to become a major part of youngsters’ weekly diet.


Dr Alison Tedstone, PHE chief nutritionist told the Telegraph: “Going out for a meal is part of Britain’s culture but instead of being a weekly ‘treat’ for families, it’s becoming the norm and contributing to the obesity epidemic.”

No one went out for meals up to WWII. It was, believe it or not, the Berni Steak House which was the treat after that. Before it was pretty much hotel dining rooms and that was it. And it didn’t become common enough to be a treat, rather than for high and holy days only, until what, the 70s? 80s?

All of this moaning just confirming something we should al understand. There’s no one quite as conservative as the modern day progressive.

Back into the kitchens you feminist hags! Back to the 1960s!

Seriously people?

Eight out of 10 of middle-aged people in the UK weigh too much, drink too much or do not exercise enough, analysis from Public Health England (PHE) shows.

Modern life is harming the health of the nation, according to the organisation, which has launched a campaign, One You, aimed at the 83% of 40 to 60-year-olds – 87% of men and 79% of women in this age bracket – who are overweight or obese, exceed the chief medical officer’s alcohol guidelines or are physically inactive.


Pluck some numbers from the air for what booze consumption should be, then halve them a few years later, thus 80% of everyone is in danger and we can have health fascism.

The NHS, finest health system in the world

A six year-old leukaemia sufferer who became one of the first in the world to trial a new gene-therapy treatment is smiling again – after tests revealed her cancer has vanished.

Erin Cross, of Chester, in Cheshire, was gravely-ill earlier this year with deadly acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, a cancer of the white blood cells.

But after £100,000 was raised in a public appeal on ITV’s This Morning show with Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, in July she jetted to Seattle with her doting parents Sarah and Antony Cross.

Leukaemia treated in the US, Andrew Marr gets his stroke treated in the US, proton beam therapy in Prague.

Ho yus, wonder of the world is our NHS.

But then that’s what you’d expect of a planned, near Stalinist, state monopoly. A lack of innovation.

This also seems sound

Cyclists have been warned not to wear headphones after a coroner ruled a mother caused her own death when the music she was listening to meant she failed to hear an oncoming lorry.

Cycling’s dangerous enough without making it more so by not being able to hear what’s going on as well.

I’m not even that keen on (urban, at least) driving with a loud radio on.

What was that about the phallocentrism of health care?

Women will be offered psychological therapy on the NHS to cope with premenstrual syndrome under new guidelines.

Senior doctors will today recommend that women diagnosed with PMS be given cognitive behavioural therapy as the first course of treatment for the condition.


Actually, since CBT consists of telling people “Yes, that’s true, that is a problem but, you know, the human condition, you’ll just have to deal with it” then perhaps that is proper phallocentrism at work.

When even a bloke in a wheelchair gets it…..

Professor Stephen Hawking has joined the Swedish royals in a campaign addressing serious obesity and physical inactivity.

In an ad titled “Pep talk with Stephen Hawking” the cosmologist and physicist addresses “the most serious public health problems of the 21st century.”

“Today too many people die from complications related to overweight and obesity. We eat too much and move too little,” Professor Hawking says in the ad shot for Swedish non-profit GEN-PEP.

The solution, he says, “is not rocket science,” and he recommends that people eat less and take up more physical activity.

So, how do we know whether this criticism of a Lancet study is good or bad?

A major Lancet study which backed the safety of statins was “fundamentally flawed” and underestimated the side-effects of the heart drugs, a group of medics have said.

The research published in September concluded that the drugs help prevent around 80,000 major cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks or strokes, every year.

Scientists said the drugs did far more harm than good, with too many patients had been put off taking them because of needless fears about side-effects.

It followed a long debate over the merits of the cholesterol-busting drugs, which are taken by 8 million Britons.

But today a group of doctors attacked the Lancet study.

Writing in The Prescriber, a group of medics led by cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra

That’s as far as we need to go. Malhotra – this criticism is bollocks.

I simply don’t believe this happens

A teacher at a school for orphans and troubled teenagers in Ukraine is accused of plotting to sell a 13-year-old pupil to organ harvesters.

No, I believe that a sting operation caught someone willing to conspire to sell. But I don’t believe that the actual buying, by actual organ traffickers, happens:

The grim and lucrative trade in organ trafficking exploits the world’s most destitute people, earning criminals up to $1.2 billion in illegal profits every year and leading to an estimated 10,000 black-market transplants each year.

Last year, more than a dozen countries, including Britain, signed the first ever international treaty to combat the horrific business, prohibiting the donor or a third party to make money from organ transplants and granting victims the right to compensation.

I do believe that people are paid for organs. Which is, in the current parlance, trafficking. But grabbing some random kid, killing them and extracting the organs? I simply cannot see it actually happening. No, not because people wouldn’t do it if it worked, but because it won’t work because:

Tissue typing.

Criminals, money, organ transplants, yes, can see all that happening. Kidnapping and murder of random people for it? Nope.

Breakfast is going to be a bit of a problem then

Despite the health warnings, some still cannot resist a cigarette.
Doctors will argue the only way to protect your health is to quit.
But if you must take a drag, a new report has found drinking a glass or two of red wine before lighting up can protect your blood vessels against some of the worst short term damages.
Red wine, with its high levels of phenol (a natural compound), stimulates the formation of nitric oxide, which rejuvenates coronary arteries.

But if I must I must. Two glasses of tinto instead of coffee it is then.

So it’s the daily limit which is wrong then?

Soft drinks giants should not be able to claim sugary drinks are part of a balanced diet because most cans contain more sugar than a person’s entire daily allowance, researchers have said.

A study published in BMJ Open examined the sugar content of 169 types of fizzy drinks in nine major supermarkets being sold in 2014.

The average can was found to contain more sugar than the 30g a day recommended limit, with 55 percent of drinks exceeding this level.

If your statement is that you can only have half a can of fizzy pop a day to remain healthy then there’s something wrong with your limit, not with the pop.

Hmm, so maybe the Grey Aliens should in fact win?

Red squirrels are carrying human leprosy and people have been warned to stay away from the animals to minimise the risk of catching the disease.

One of the strains – which is affecting squirrels on Brownsea Island, off the south coast of Dorset – shares close similarities with that responsible for outbreaks of the disease in medieval Europe.

Researchers tested 25 samples from red squirrels on the island and found that all were infected with the bacteria Mycobacterium leprae, though not all showed signs of the disease. Those that did had swelling and hair loss on the ears, muzzle and feet.

Degrees for nurses didn’t work out all that well then?

Patients were forced to wait two months to have their hair washed because nurses said it was not their job to help the sick bathe or shower, a damning report says.

The report said: “We spoke with a patient on ward 18 who told us they had repeatedly asked staff for a bath or shower and had been told it wasn’t their job to provide this.

Patients in the hospital’s acute medical unit told how they were left “very embarrassed” after being ordered to use pads for incontinence, and sleep in soiled ones, because staff were too busy to help them use a commode.

We might make a useful linguistic distinction here.

There is “treating” patients which might mean diagnosing them, curing them, providing simply palliative care and so on. Then there is nursing, the taking care of the human being while all of this is done. Training the people who used to do the latter to do the former might have some sense to it. But only if there’s still someone around to do that latter.

Making nurses all professional with degrees and prescribing powers is just fine. But there’s still got to be someone doing the nursing these are now too professional to do.

A spokesman for Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, said: “The report does note that we have made progress since the last CQC inspection in February 2014, and we are pleased that our staff received a rating of ‘Good’ for providing a caring, kind, and compassionate service.”

Caring, yes, lovely word, isn’t it?

To push a favourite theory

Three in five boys born today in the least affluent parts of Britain will be overweight or obese by the time they leave primary school, according to shocking new forecasts.

The figures exposing a growing obesity gender gap come amid warnings of a diabetes time-bomb facing the country, with five million people due to be diagnosed by 2020.

The trend – a 42 per cent rise in cases in just five years – follows a decade in which levels of obesity among children have remained stubbornly high.

Disaster, disaster, yadda yadda.

And my theory is that it takes a generation or two to change diet in response to economic and technological changes. Further, that richer groups get the economic and technological change first and thus adapt the diet earlier.

Think back a century. Fat people were rich people. No, really, the poor (and I do mean poor) weren’t going to be eating enough to be fat. Then we get the economic and technological changes of the past century. Cheap food for the first time in human history. The decline of physical labour, heck the decline in just walking around and or cleaning the house. And what I regard as the really big one, the spread of cheap and efficient central heating.

These changes all came top down – the rich had them decades before the poor. That last, of central heating (and associates, double glazing etc), really only became just normal in the 1980s for the poor. And so did obesity change. The rich got the goodies first, then the next generation slimmed down again and it was the middle classes turn to be portly. And now we’re at the stage where it’s the poor who are fat. And the next generation will have adapted to this vast fecundity and plenty that is modern society and will be slim again.

Err, maybe. It is only a theory after all, but it’s a pet one.


A daily dose of Vitamin D halves the risk of severe asthma attacks, a new study has shown.

We know that asthma has increased in recent decades in incidence. We also know that Vitamin D deficiency has increased in recent decades – we’re even seeing rickets make a small comeback.

Generally we’re told that the increase in asthma is because of the pollution of modern life – odd in a country that is becoming cleaner by the hour. So, how much of the increase is really due to the Vitamin D change?

Cancer in kiddies – can’t see that this works

Modern life is killing children with the number of youngsters diagnosed with cancer rising 40 per cent in the past 16 years because of air pollution, pesticides, poor diets and radiation, scientists have warned.

New analysis of government statistics by researchers at the charity Children with Cancer UK found that there are now 1,300 more cancer cases a year compared with 1998, the first time all data sets were published.

The rise is most apparent in teenagers and young adults aged between 15 and 24, where the incident rate has risen from around 10 cases in 100,000 to nearly 16.

OK, in last 18 years. And as we’re talking kiddies it can’t be long term onset from something decades ago. So, the explanation:

Dr Denis Henshaw, Professor of Human Radiation Effects at Bristol University, the scientific adviser for Children with Cancer UK, said air pollution was by far the biggest culprit, accounting for around 40 per cent of the rise, but other elements of modern lifestyles are also to blame.

Among these are obesity, pesticides and solvents inhaled during pregnancy, circadian rhythm disruption through too much bright light at night, radiation from x-rays and CT scans, smoking during and after pregnancy, magnetic fields from power lines, gadgets in homes, and potentially, radiation from mobile phones.

Which if these have increased since 1998?

Yeah, it’s the radiation from mobile phones thing again. this particular researcher has form here too…..

Let’s ban hip operations for smokers

Obese people will be routinely refused operations across the NHS, health service bosses have warned, after one authority said it would limit procedures on an unprecedented scale.

Hospital leaders in North Yorkshire said that patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above – as well as smokers – will be barred from most surgery for up to a year amid increasingly desperate measures to plug a funding black hole. The restrictions will apply to standard hip and knee operations.

A BMI of 30 looks a little low too. But one can at least see the glimmer of the point – losing weight is a part and parcel of sorting out knee and hip problems. BMI at 30 though does rather catch pretty much everyone with a bit of middle aged spread, doesn’t it?

However, smokers? What’s the justification there? Just that they’re pariahs?