You will starve and you will be happy

Experts agree that it’s the easy availability and low cost of highly calorific, sugary, salty, fatty food that has to be tackled if obesity is to be reduced.

Food’s just so cheap that the proles – THE PROLES! – have to let out their belts. Better do something about that, eh?

Fuck off.

27 thoughts on “You will starve and you will be happy”

  1. Must admit I prefer Marie Antionette’s ‘Let ’em eat cake’ to the Guardian’s ‘Let ’em eat nothing.’

    I especially felt that way when I looked at those delicious looking cakes at the top of the article.

  2. So, simultaneously this week, the poor eating less is caused by wicked Tory profiteering companies, and eating less is a good thing that the poor need to do?

    That’s Murphy levels of dysfunction.

  3. I think their genuine misanthropy is showing (and has been for some time) – the goal is to kill off as many ‘Gammons’, ‘football hooligans’ and ultimately Whites, heterosexuals and indeed even men and women will follow.

    When we look at the likes of Murphy we need to I think understand that:

    ‘The Guardianista is out there.
    It can’t be bargained with
    It can’t be reasoned with
    It doesn’t feel pity,
    or remorse or fear
    And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead!’

    Important to understand the stakes here…..

  4. VP – Yarp.

    And this grim spiral costs NHS England at least £6bn a year.

    Every time you eat a bacon roll, an NHS (pbuh) nurse does a sad Tik Tok dance.

  5. Hows about you provide info on how obesity affects our health & then we decide how to live our own lives?

  6. “And this grim spiral costs NHS England at least £6bn a year.”

    Maybe treating obese people does cost that per year. But they die young, and thus don’t end up costing the State a fortune in late life NHS care, social care and pension payments. So I’d hazard a guess that the obese actually are far less expensive to the State when viewed in the round (arf arf) than all the quinoa eating peloton riding middle classes.

  7. It’s time to stop thinking we serve the NHS and remember it/they are funded by us mugs and are supposed to serve us. So eat/do what you like, we’ve all paid for any treatment at least ten times over. As for TikTok – yuck (and lots of those nurses are obese)!

    But seriously, obesity is mainly the result of a high carbohydrate diet, as pushed by ‘health advisers’ everywhere – carbs are stored as fat, but fats consumed are used by the body for energy. Cut out sweets, crisps, bread and mainly eat fats and proteins for weight loss.

  8. +10000% Jim. They revised the super fund just about when I retired, as live spans were increasing.

  9. If the “experts” were truly worried about obesity and longevity, they’d have looked at the data from the plague ship Diamond Princess and terrified the populace into reducing comorbidities for Wuflu rather than locking them up, closing gyms and park benches and relying on food delivery for comfort eating to stave off boredom. I think a mass dieoff is what they’re secretly hoping for.

  10. @Jim
    And if you want to find the obese, look at the staff work for NHS. There must be twice the national level of obesity. Some of them should appear on maps.
    When I was visiting my (now late) father I would insinuate myself into the staff canteen (You can do that in all sorts of establishment if you’re blatant enough. Anyone asks, just say you’re a contractor.) It’s not surprising if you see what they eat. Heavy on chips & stodge. Light on salads. Good choice of sticky desserts. The NHS version of 5-a-day is five meals a day

  11. Incidentally, Euston Station’s to be recommended for Central London dining. It’s at the end of a small group of platforms (Look for loads of parcel trolleys) down a corridor. Just grab a tray & join the line at the counter. Good basic food, subsidised prices. North London Health Authority near Old Street was virtually gourmet. But I think that got reorganised away. The trick with anywhere is to get yourself on of those ID badges with a nonsense company on it & a photo. Can even be yours.

  12. “When I was visiting my (now late) father I would insinuate myself into the staff canteen (You can do that in all sorts of establishment if you’re blatant enough. Anyone asks, just say you’re a contractor.)”

    I’ve always said, a hard hat, a hi-viz jacket and mud covered rigger boots will get you in anywhere. ‘We’re contractors mate. Doin’ the drains’.

  13. Bloke in North Dorset

    Hows about you provide info on how obesity affects our health & then we decide how to live our own lives?>/i>

    Time to trot out one of my favourite quotes:

    “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

    ― C. S. Lewis

    They also do it at our expense.

  14. It would not surprise me if in the decades to come poor people are forced to survive on good quality nutritious food and only the elite can afford to eat burgers and fries as a signal of their wealth.

    Can anyone else remember the fat Landburgher Gessler in the slim William Tell TV series?

  15. At our gym they have a weighing machine that measures your height, weight and % body fat. It gives you little ticket with a load of body stats on it. As my fitness level is pretty good just now, I thought that I would have a go on it, just for fun, I don’t put too much faith in these kinds of things. Anyway, my BMI score is 23. According to the ticket, below 18.5 means that you are underweight, above 25 means that you are overweight. So I’m toward the top end of the recommended range despite having a thirty inch waist. If I was just a tad less skinny I would be overweight. Surely if these arbitrary lines were drawn in a more sane and realistic way, claims that obesity is rife in the population would simply disappear.

  16. Peter MacFarlane

    “Surely if these arbitrary lines were drawn in a more sane and realistic way, claims that obesity is rife in the population would simply disappear.”

    They would, no doubt.

    But what would all those poor obesity advisers do then?

  17. I vaguely recall something about the lines / definitions being redrawn on the BMI charts in the 80’s??.
    Hence why those who fall into the overweight category on the chart are likely to live longer, survive a stay in hospital, recover from an operation, survive an encounter with the Wah!NHS, etc etc.

    Its amost as if animals which lay down sufficient fat have the body reserves to carry them through bad times, but Nah – that couldn’t possibly be true

  18. And this grim spiral costs NHS England at least £6bn a year.

    So we are told, yet I never see this number explained….

    In any case, £6bn is a drop in the ocean of the NHS budget. Far more is wasted on IT systems and dodgy face masks each year. And when I say wasted, I mean utterly squandered, not spent on people the mandarins don’t approve of.

    That £6bn is even more of a bargain when you bear in mind that – according to the Terriblegraph today – 64% of adults are overweight or obese. So that’s a mere £6bn to treat the ailments of nearly 2/3 the population.

    Sounds like excellent value. No wonder it’s not popular.

  19. And Moonbat wants to abolish farming so that we can live on insects. The Guardian continues its relentless march of hate against the proles.

  20. Harry Haddock's Ghost

    I’m bored of saying this but…. There is no obesity epidemic. Fact.

    We have virtually eliminated starvation / malnutrition as a society, which is a jolly good thing.

    As a result,any people carry more weight than in times gone by, and some at the extreme end of the scale are unhealthily weighty. But there is no fucking epidemic.

    The simply changed the rules to ensure the flow of grants.

    And the BMI charts; don’t make me fucking piss myself. At race weight, I am 6′ and 154lbs. My wife moans that she can feel my ribs and I look “like I have escaped from a concentration camp” when I’m training and around this weight. According to the bullshit calculator, I could then afford to loose ANOTHER 1 stone and 3 pounds before being considered “underweight”. Bollocks.

  21. Always good to carry a few extra pounds of fat.

    Gives your body something to live off when you catch flu/Covid/ebola/monkeypox/disease du jour and can’t or don’t feel like eating for a few days.

  22. Bloke in the Fourth Reich

    Ha! My NHS badges are now too old to pull that trick. But back in the day, greasy brekkie in any hospital staff canteen north of the black pudding belt was, quite literally, to die for.

  23. Dear Mr Worstall

    Fear not, the proles will shiver it all off as energy prices soar to Save the Planet™.

    DP

  24. At race weight, I am 6′ and 154lbs.

    Cycle race weight? Or endurance running? Because that is seriously skinny.

    I’m the same height, and 15 lbs heavier, and I can’t really afford to lose a lot more than that.

  25. £6bn is a drop in the ocean of the NHS budget. They’ve blown many times that on the doubling (100% more) of Mgt, Admin and Woke staff since Feb 2020, but only 7% more nurses

    @bis

    +1 on huge number of fat/obese NHS staff

    You can do that in all sorts of establishment if you’re blatant enough

    Yep. Be assertive, confident and behave like you’re allowed to be there / do it. Works for me, I’ve even fooled police

    @Jim
    +1 Suit & clipboard, hard hat if appropriate, works too

    @Chester Draws
    6′ and 156lbs is not seriously skinny

    I’m 5’8″ and was 132lbs most of my life. No problem cycling 10+ miles in a very hilly city, or lifting and carrying 100kg (220lbs) up stairs

  26. Told by the practice nurse at the doctors a few years ago (I had to have a “health check” in order to get a blood test — WTF?) that while my BMI was at the top end of the “healthy” range (13½ stone, 6’4″) I had a narrow build (again, WTF, I’m pretty average) so I ought to be a couple of stone lighter, i.e. 11½ st, 161lbs for our American friends. Said nurse must have been a foot shorter than me and, well, let’s just say that it’s a good thing they had extra-wide wheelchair-friendly doors. Maybe it was OK because she just had a wide build.

    @Dhhfufjf
    They don’t have enough self-awareness for that to work. They’ll smugly go around inventing smugness people who aren’t part of the nomenklatura.

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