The technocratic calculation problem

Gosh, wouldn\’t the world be such a better place if those clever and selfless people who man the bureaucracy simply told us all what we may and may not do?

Oh, some would worry and bleat about those outmoded concepts of individual freedom and liberty but they can be ignored: consigned to the dustbin of history along with the neo-liberalism that has so failed.

It\’s a new world now, one where we, the elite, tell the proles what to do:

People who stick to the advised 2,000 calories for women and 2,500 for men may actually have been depriving themselves for no good reason, and could safely consume an extra few hundred a day.

A draft report by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) has suggested that the guidelines could be increased by 16 per cent, leaving room for a cheeseburger or two packets of crisps.

The committee say nutrition experts have underestimated levels of physical activity in Britain and set their advice on energy intake too low.

For we, that elite, never get things wrong, do we?

4 thoughts on “The technocratic calculation problem”

  1. Who out there thinks that 2000 calories a day is the number? The actual budget depends on age, weight, height, muscle mass, activity levels, etc.

    I conducted an experiment and controlled my calorie intake for two years, including a heart-rate monitor for exercise. The Harris-Benedict equation for estimating basal metabolic rate was pretty close to my observed levels. The “2000 calories a day” thing was utter tosh.

  2. I prefer the colloquial definition of “expert”… “Ex” = “has-been” and “spurt” = “drip under pressure”.

  3. Brian, follower of Deornoth

    Of course it was utter tosh. Just the same as the 21 units a week was utter tosh. We shouldn’t be surprised that the scum of the state are lying; it’s what the public sector do.

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