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Ill thought out press release headline o' the day

Take a bow, Dept of Health:

Johnson calls for national movement to tackle obesity

Well yes. I suppose any movement apart from placing pudgy fingers into a bag of crisps etc will involve burning some calories.

Facetiousness aside, watch out for the Fat Police at home, at work, at play etc etc:

"Tackling obesity requires a much broader partnership, not only with families, but with employers, retailers, the leisure industry, the media, local government and the voluntary sector".

And the Fat Police number, gulp, 220,000: "I have also written to 220,000 local activists who are already doing excellent work in their communities to promote good health to ask them to shape this movement". That's one for roughly every 200 adults, so I suppose Big Nanny will be forcing entry to one's residence twice yearly to confiscate everything bar lentils and brown rice.

"This national movement for change will enable every citizen in the country at every stage of their lives to get the encouragement and support they need to be healthy - from what they see on the television, to what they buy in the local supermarket, to the resources at their disposal in the local community, to how they travel to and from work or school, to the information and advice they get from health professionals. "We are calling on everyone - from the smallest community keep fit class to the biggest retailers in the land - to join in this campaign to change the way we live our lives."

Instead of all this kraft durch freude, what's wrong with a little bit of personal responsibility, self-denial etc etc?. So, Alan, if I might venture so bold, get stuffed.

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Anonymous Sepoy Agent said... 4:16 pm

These busybodies should mind their own business. Governments are not elected to "change behaviour". Who says we want to be "changed". I certainly don't, and, as I'm so contrary, will immediately oppose whatever change they want.  

Anonymous verity said... 7:24 pm

"This national movement for change will enable every citizen in the country at every stage of their lives to get the encouragement and support they need to be healthy."

So you can get "encouragement" from an army of bossy little health Hitlers. What happened to growing up to be an adult responsible for one's own decisions - for good or for bad?

The NHS is the best tool of control any government could wish for.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 7:47 am

That is one of the problems that stems from socialised medicine - every time someone is not well or engages in risky behaviour - mountain climbing, crossing the road, living in the less salubrious parts of London - they can be hectored for 'wasting' public money. And thus we are infantilised as Verity rightly points out.  

Blogger TheFatBigot said... 12:43 am

It is by virtue of a fine and well-structured movement once a day that I shed weight. Vote for prunes, say I.  

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