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Climb aboard the bandwagon!

Sugary foods risk causing a public health crisis similar to smoking and should be taxed in the same way as tobacco, Jamie Oliver has said.

The television chef said sugar was “definitely the next evil” and should be targeted because of the burden it was placing on the NHS.


If, and it is if, sugar causes obesity (not overwight, but morbid obesity) then it saves the NHS money.

23 thoughts on “Climb aboard the bandwagon!”

  1. I wonder if the chubster is talking about his own Jones here? Perhaps if he also asked that food programmes be banned from TV and he will no longer take part in what has become food porn to the lardy, I might have a smidgeon of respect for the pukka.

  2. This is a bit like the moustachoed dude from American Chopper saying Japanese racing bikes are too fast, and therefore dangerous, and should be banned. How the fuck a newspaper bothers reporting this crap is anyone’s guess.

  3. Quoth the fat-tongued Mockney: “…if you think that 68 per cent of every case that goes through the NHS is diet-related…”


  4. So Much for Subtlety

    JuliaM – “Quoth the fat-tongued Mockney: “…if you think that 68 per cent of every case that goes through the NHS is diet-related…” W…T…A…F?!?”


    But yeah, you’re right. They don’t starve half that many people to death.

  5. I think the point is that the phrase “68 per cent of every case” makes even less sense than 68 per cent of cases.

  6. “68 per cent of every case”


    That’s impossible because we already know that 59% of every case is smoking related and 63% of every case is alcohol related…

  7. It’s worth spending money on ridding this country of waddling lard-buckets. They offend my eyes.

    Come to think of it, I should probably take some bloated, overweight government body to court for offending my sensibilities.

  8. The pukka fukka needs to be force-fed his own “meals”. Forced to choke down a sugar-free version of his own nauseous pseudo-med “cuisine” until his gut bursts.

    The papers report the puke cos his pronouncements line up with pseudo-puritan tyranny the scum of the state want peddled.

  9. Perhaps sugar bags should have a warning on them – may contain sugar?

    Hey, can go into a local cafe and have bacon, eggs, sausage, mushrooms etc in a cooked breakfast every morning if I wanted to. And for some reason sugar is The Problem? So if I cut back on the sugar my weight would drop?

    Oh wait, that would cut down a total of 2 spoonfuls of sugar a day. Perhaps The Problem is the total diet, not an individual component? 🙂

  10. The television chef said sugar was “definitely the next evil”

    It’s a revealing quote, isn’t it?

    Health fascists and bansturbators in general are always on the lookout for “the next evil” to flap and squawk about. They will never be happy until everybody does exactly as they’re told at all times.

    They’ve successfully driven smoking out of public places and made a packet of fags cost more than crack cocaine. Did they declare victory and go home?

    Nah. They now scream about plain packaging and the non-existent threat posed by e-cigarettes.

    If they get away with demonising sugar, artificial sweeteners will be next.

  11. To be fair, it may well be imprudent for adults to consume it in American-sized amounts, but that’s not the cause of this new secular religion. It’s simple. People enjoy sugar therefore it must be banned.

  12. I thought sugar was the current evil. Perhaps he was too busy eating to notice.

    The endgame of these puritans is bread and water, but of course bread is evil too.

  13. The trite response is that life expectancy has increased since we started importing sugar from the West Indies.
    Sugar is a minor cause of obesity/being overweight. It is largely due to lack of exercise: for instance my weight increased by over 20% in a a couple of years after I stopped running after I tore a hamstring and recently I put one a stone after being stuckin front of the computer for a couple of months with zilch sugar in my diet.
    BMI is a seriously unscientific measure of obesity since it is dimensionally erroneous (it uses the square of the height instead of the cube) and completely ignores whether the individual is ectomorphic, mesomorphic or endomorphic. I have read reports that it classifies rugby forwards as obesely overweight when they are sweated down to bone and muscle; whether or not they are true it *is* true that I can remember the captain of the university boxing team who was an inch or two shorter than I, sweating down to four-thirds of my weight.
    The honest answer (too much like hard work for the media) is that unnecessary sugar (i.e. please grant an exception for lucozade sport for marathon runners or we might fall over and need to be picked up) will add to one’s weight so that those who do not need it should choose “diet coke” not eat so much icecream

  14. I’ve mentioned it before, but the calorie limit for an adult male during rationing was 2,500 calories, yet this was known as a time of privation. Contrast this with the modern recommended adult male calorie intake of between 1900-2500 dependent on size.

    With my sedentary occupation, centrally heated flat and below average height if I ate a ‘ration’ of 2500 calories a day I’d put on a stone in about three months.

  15. Also, all this bollocks about sugar is a moral panic about a product which isn’t even present in the UK – HFCS.

  16. @John77

    Martin Johnson (a mate of mine) was officially classed by his home GP as obese by virtue of his BMI while England and Leicester captain.

    At the time he was running around for half of every day bar Saturday (just the 80 min), Thursday and Sunday (rest days, when it was just sixty mins on a bike and an hour’s swim).

    He was 6ft 7in and 19st and about 11 per cent body fat I think.

  17. @ Interested
    Thanks – that is far more more impressive than any of my own anecdata.
    He was about 2lbs lighter than Bill, when adjusted for height, but I’m sure that Bill didn’t have as much as 10% body fat.
    At the other end of ridiculous, I used to work for a Life Assurance Company and when, due to inflation, I wanted to take out an additional policy some appartchik two floors below me demanded that I take a medical test because I was, in his opinion, too light: I thought that I was nearly a stone overweight and I was a/the leading runner in the firm’s team for the local half-marathon, so not the most obvious candidate to drop dead overnight.

  18. Yes, less exercise and warmer accommodation, including indoor work. It has been noted on this site that we actually consume fewer calories than 30-40 years ago, on average. You can talk about who is consuming those calories, and from what source, but in overall terms we are not eating more.

  19. Rob – re 2500 calories…. I would lose weight having so little. Can do as much as 6,000 calories when pushing limits, usual is around 3,000 calories. Burn a lot during the day just staying warm!
    There are others like me who either use a lot of energy in physically active jobs or use a lot of energy in other ways.

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