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.

19 thoughts on “When even a bloke in a wheelchair gets it…..”

  1. SMFS I was going to post something similar but now I don’t have to. You have shouldered the burden of my ensuing self-reproach: thanks!

  2. So Much For Subtlety

    Ben S – “I’m rather keen on the “Worstall diet”: turn down the heating and wear less clothes.”

    Up to the point Dianne Abbott and the lovely ladies mentioned up-stream in another thread try it.

  3. Depends upon who the “you” is, no? I can think of a few lovelies who would be quite welcome to do so around my place. Especially as the wife is off to the UK for a few days.

  4. I’m rather keen on the “Worstall diet”: turn down the heating and wear less clothes.

    Unfortunately this doesn’t work in places like Penang. Currently in shorts and t-shirt and still sweating in a 30C heat.

  5. “you” referred to Ben S who was using the word “less” in a pendant inducing way.

    However, if Finca Worstall is currently overrun with nubile cuties, I’d be happy to pop over and help out with them.

  6. “Today too many people die from complications related to overweight and obesity.”

    I am old enough to remember the days when ‘too many’ died from complications related to underweight and starvation – in fact ‘too many’ die still from these things around the World

    Given the choice:-

    a) I would rather die of hunger

    b) I would rather die of being over-fed

    Answers on a post card.

    Hawkins now has ‘an opinion’ on all the fashionable dooms, from climate change, obesity ‘crisis’, using up resources, Brexit and much, much more.

    It seems to be the way that everyone goes who has degree of notoriety, fame and success in one area – they believe they are ascended to complete understanding of all things and have opinions worth spit.

  7. Bloke in Costa Rica

    Well, yeah, it’s the old argumentum ad verecundiam. Hawking’s not really got much more place gobbing off about fatties than the CEO of Weight Watchers has about the black hole information paradox.

  8. TW: I can think of a few lovelies who would be quite welcome to do so around my place.

    Enthusiastically seconded. Especially considering the effect of cold on a certain part of a cutie’s anatomy. Fly in the ointment, though: do said cuties know about shrinkage?

  9. Bloke in North Dorset

    “It seems to be the way that everyone goes who has degree of notoriety, fame and success in one area – they believe they are ascended to complete understanding of all things and have opinions worth spit.”

    To be fair the meeja go seeking their opinions to pad out vacuous stories and to try to give them some gravitas.

  10. To be fair the meeja go seeking their opinions to pad out vacuous stories and to try to give them some gravitas.

    Yes, but wouldn’t it be refreshing if these people just said, No, thanks, this is not my area of expertise and I’ll leave it to more qualified people to proffer their opinion.

    Although in fairness some of them may actually do that, but then of course the meeja wouldn’t report it.

  11. On the other hand… We in Britain do have the world’s pre-eminent lard-arses; Olympian gut buckets they are; we practically invented Type 2 diabetes and should be celebrate our wheezing coronary cases… http://bit.ly/2cGPpYK

  12. “we practically invented Type 2 diabetes”: in one sense certainly. The NHS changed the definition to bring many more fish into its net.

  13. My nephew is visiting and we went to a restaurant thie evening. I didn’t realise how much I’d ordered and as I gamely munched my way through it talked about how my childhood instilled a horror of leaving food on your plate. “There’s starving kiddies in Africa!” etc. My ex-wife having come through the Cultural Revolution has a similar ingrained habit. It’s very hard to break.

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