This thing about obesity, this reason that everything should be taxed and regulated:
According to the latest research, 48% of men and 43% of women in the UK will be obese by 2030, a trend that will significantly increase the prevalence of strokes, heart disease and cancer, and lead to higher costs for the NHS.
Bzzzt! No! Wrong!
In order to find out whether something costs the NHS money or not you have to add up what it does cost the NHS and then compare it with what the absence of that something or other would cost the NHS.
And for both obesity and smoking we get our answer here.
Fat boozing smokers die younger, before they spend a decade in that clammy embrace with Alzheimer\’s.
Now, what you can say is that obesity (smoking, boozing, shagging around, whatever) costs those who do it some part of their lives. On average it certainly does.
But then they are their lives to waste as they wish, aren\’t they?
Thus the way in which the lies are endlessly told, that it costs the rest of us money and thus the rest of us (or our puritans self-appointed on our behalf) have a right, nay a duty, to prevent this choice being made.