Can we hang these puritans, now, please?

Cheap snack offers in shops and food outlets are as dangerous as happy hour drink giveaways, health campaigners claimed yesterday.

Desperate retailers are bombarding customers with cut-price chocolate, crisps, cakes and fizzy drinks to boost profits.

Nutritionist and obesity campaigner Zoe Harcombe said: “The supermarkets pounce on us at every opportunity and feed the obesity epidemic on their way to profits. Pushing this sort of processed food is as bad for health as selling drinks cheap or offering double measures. There was rightly an outcry about that, there should be similar concern about this.”

Zoe said coffee shops specialise in ever-larger drinks and ask customers if they want a cake, muffin or pastry with their order.

What terrors, eh?

19 thoughts on “Can we hang these puritans, now, please?”

  1. Zoe said coffee shops specialise in ever-larger drinks and ask customers if they want a cake, muffin or pastry with their order.

    How awful. They Must Be Stopped! Nomnomnom

  2. I’ve been in many a coffee shop where I have, indeed, been asked if I’d like a cake or a muffin with my tea.

    I’ve never yet been in one where, upon saying ‘No thanks’, three burly men have burst out of the kitchen, held me down, and forced one down my throat…

    Have we abolished personal responsibility completely?

  3. It must be difficult being born into a relatively free society when you have the zeal of Al Qaeda running through your veins. If this women had been born in Tehran, she could have watched gays being hanged, in Afghanistan, converts being sentenced to death, in Saudi, thieves having their hands chopped off. But by sheer bad luck, she was born here, and has to seethe wilst people go about their business doing things of which she disapproves.

    Perhaps we could send her on a few years long sabbatical to Northern Nigeria / Somalia / Waziristan to better understand the gravity of what she is proposing. What happens when its not your puritanical wishes, but someone elses being imposed?

  4. ….Have we abolished personal responsibility completely….

    Thanks to Beveridge, we haven’t quite abolished squalor, ignorance, want, idleness and disease, but personal responsibility? Tony Blair led from the front as far as abolishing that one goes.

  5. Isn’t this a moment to remember the Bernard Levin quote about what a wonderful country we live in if we’re arguing about the crispiness of crisps (or being offered a muffin with our coffee)?

  6. Research has identified that for every offer on healthy food, the major supermarkets have three deals on processed food products.

    They don’t seem to have looked at the total volume of sales for the healthy versus processed food products…

  7. I bet she is rich and as fat as a pig! These idiots are ruining our Country, no one elected them or ever would. Banish her to Saudi.

  8. Brian, follower of Deornoth

    “Cheap snack offers in shops and food outlets are as dangerous as happy hour drink giveaways”.

    She is quite right; they are equally dangerous. Both are not dangerous at all, and zero = zero.

  9. The thing about processed food is more about the middle class protestant work ethic that prizes manual labour over division of labour (see also: growing food, valuing manufacturing jobs).

    The cakes in Starbucks are no less healthy than the ones you bake at home (baking your own is a lot cheaper, though).

  10. “Have we abolished personal responsibility completely?”

    You have been living here for the last ten years? Yes?

  11. “The cakes in Starbucks are no less healthy than the ones you bake at home”

    Depends if they are chocked full of hydrogenated palm oil or not.

  12. I’ve been in many a coffee shop where I have, indeed, been asked if I’d like a cake or a muffin with my tea.

    I’ve never yet been in one where, upon saying ‘No thanks’, three burly men have burst out of the kitchen, held me down, and forced one down my throat…

    You should visit my mother-in-law…

  13. “Depends if they are chocked full of hydrogenated palm oil or not”

    Uh, no, it doesn’t. Eating a piece of cake containing some hydrogenated palm oil cannot possible cause any measurable harm. If you have any evidence to the contrary, please present it to us.

    I accept that drinking, say, fifteen litres of palm oil with breakfast would be risky but the amounts we are talking about here are trivial. Any objection to a small amount of processed confectionery on this basis cannot possibly have any basis in epidemiology, and is purely moralistic in nature.

  14. You people make me sick, someone sacrifices their entire life to trying to save us fat bastards from ourselves so that we’ll never die, developing the Harcombe diet and writing books out of the goodness of their heart and all you can do is sneer.

    Didn’t Ben Franklin say: “Those who are not prepared to give up some liberty in the fight against obesity deserve to die horribly after a life of ridicule”?

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