Obvious really

UK obesity plan will fail without action on unhealthy food – report

The UK’s obesity plan is based on the prodnoses being able to define what we eat. So, if we don;t allow the prodnoses to define what we eat the plan will fail, won’t it?

14 thoughts on “Obvious really”

  1. Well, we could always revert to a private medical insurance system where people are rewarded for making healthy choices. After all, the great and good seem to have to problem with restricting healthcare to the unvaccinated 🙂

  2. Harry Haddock's Ghost

    Repeat after me… There is no obesity epidemic. There is no obesity epidemic.

    There are just lots of middle class, state employed neo puritans getting upset because we have created a society where the poor can afford to eat what they like, which should be fucking celebrated by any normal human being.

  3. Firstly, there isn’t a crisis, there is the BMI providing a convenient justification for the prodnosing. Secondly, there is more to maintaining a healthy weight than monitoring what you eat anyway. How much you move about for instance. Why do we have a system that provides ignorant single issue obsessives with jobs that match their hobbies?

  4. Addolf’s got a point except the weasling will be bangers, chips, mars bars and soda pop are cheap but organic vegan corriander falafels, and agave and gojii smoothies aren’t…therefore poverty.

  5. A couple of days before Xmas I trotted off to Asda to get the fresh veggies in. Big bags of carrots and sprouts were 20p. Big bag of onions 70p broccoli and cauliflower together £1.15. I also got some salad stuff in. Cherry toms 99p. Bags of assorted rabbit food 75p bag of chopped lettuce 50p I don’t think that poverty is much of an excuse. Being too stupid to follow a recipe might be, although I think that ready meals are pretty good value nowadays.

  6. The problem is that these jokers define ‘unhealthy food’ as food containing salt, sugar and saturated fat which doesn’t leave much in the ‘healthy’ category.

    Also, of course, salt, sugar and saturated fat are essential to our survival, hence the fact that we rather enjoy a nice slice of cheesecake.

  7. Stoney, I’ve mentioned this before but in 1976 a cucumber was 20p. In todays’ money that’d be £1.47. Last I looked Lidl were doing them for about 45p.

    How anyone can accuse food of being expensive is beyond me, unless of course they have an agenda which will ultimately lead to them getting dosh for it. Even Waitrose do some reasonably priced stuff for Christs sake.

  8. So, the policy is, must be, either:

    A. Singling out the fat buggers and controlling them in some intrusive way to combat actual obesity.

    or B. Banning all kinds of food for anyone and everyone fat or not based on fashionable prejudice about what is banned, with the loudest moaners given the most influence.

    Who am I kidding, it’s B, and it’s now.

  9. The Grauniad has obviously never heard of exercise (or hard work, in the case of the working classes, but since they are never likely to *want* to read the Grauniad, that is almost irrelevant).

  10. The reference to obesity is more in the way of a catchy synonym for metabolic syndrome, aka insulin resistance. Whilst being obese is itself unhealthy it’s also the most obvious symptom of a much broader condition which, unseen, slowly destroys the constitution, leading to heart disease, certain cancers, strokes, dementia, etc.

    (There’s also the wrinkle that people who aren’t noticeably overweight may have dangerous levels of visceral fat, due to a diet of processed food.)

    With regard to this particular report it is, of course, complete bollocks. Any contribution which groups salt and fat with sugar should be ignored.

    It’s the government’s own guidelines which created the current health issue: daemonising saturated fat and salt whilst pushing grains, starchy vegetables and inflamatory “vegetable oils.” This report is just calling for the government to double-down on the same anti-science.

    Tam Fry, the chair of the National Obesity Forum, said…the researchers’ demands must now be mandated – no ifs and no buts.

    You see what we’re dealing with here: People unfit to run a whelk stool claiming the right and the duty to dictate what everyone eats. Yet on their own web-site they approvingly review Nina Teicholz’s book Big Fat Surprise, which documents how saturated fat wrongly came to be daemonised:

    By the end of this book, utterly convincing as it is, you will begin to questions the old accepted science. I recommend every health care professional to read this book and help to sound the death-knell for the ‘one size fits all approach’. Fat can belong in a healthy diet. Fat, meat and eggs, should not be demonised and we should not be forced to adopt a unitary approach to nutrition therapy. This well-crafted and well written book should form another stepping stone in the quiet revolution against the out-dated nutritional advice that a low fat diet is the only path to follow for optimum health, which is surely helping to fuel the twin scourges of modern society, that of obesity and type two diabetes.

    Yet their new “damning 28-page report” completely ignores this recognition, pushing instead for the old, failed dogma to be enforced by law.

    It’s hard to judge which disastrous government policy is the most catastrophic: dietary prescriptions, global warming, or Covid.

  11. “Insulin resistance”..

    Now… Before I burst out in laughter… Do you have any credible scientific reference for that particular term?

    One that can be understood by a molecular biologist? We tend to be Blonde about the social implications of simple chemistry.. I might have missed something about how insulin works in all these years.

  12. ‘There are just lots of middle class, state employed neo puritans getting upset because we have created a society where the poor can afford to eat what they like, which should be fucking celebrated by any normal human being.’

    Thanks Harry. Yes!!! Let people eat what they please.

  13. Yes, Grikath. Insulin resistance is a widely deployed term for a widely encountered condition.

    The YouTube interviews with researcher Dr Ben Bikman are great.

    I also apologise for my earlier spelling error.

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