Thursday, 11 February 2010

News Just In: Government Hectoring Not Having Any Effect!

People are eating as badly as they were 10 years ago despite hundreds of millions of pounds of taxpayers' money being spent on healthy-eating campaigns, the Government's food watchdog admitted yesterday.
So that was all yet another pouring of money down the drain, wasn't it? Still, it kept a few quangos in business, and who is to say that wasn't the idea all along..?
A nationwide nutrition survey for the Food Standards Agency (FSA) revealed that the majority of Britons are still eating too many processed foods and sweets and not enough fresh fruit and vegetables.
According to whom? I don't know about anyone else, but I rather figured when I grew up, I'd leave nannying behind...
Alison Tedstone, the FSA's head of nutrition research, said: "Overall, these results show that the diet of the population has not changed much since 2000. We are still seeing lots of people not achieving the recommendations for macronutrients, but there have been some suggestions of positive improvements."
They are recommendations, Alison. That means that people don’t have to take notice of them if they don’t want to. Look it up in a dictionary sometime…

Mind you, this news simply encouraged the usual control freaks and authoritarians to crawl out of the woodwork...
Richard Watts of Sustain, the alliance for better food and farming, said: "After 10 years of largely small, weak or voluntary initiatives, like Change4Life, we have seen little improvement in the nation's diet.

"Where the Government has introduced tough rules, such as improving school food, genuine progress has been made, but unless we really challenge our 'obesogenic' culture by doing things like introducing proper protections from junk-food marketing, these worrying trends will continue."
'Spank me, nanny! Spank me harder, it's for my own good!'

And he's preaching to a lot of converted. Like this charming indivisdual:
artgenie wrote: The solution is simple, but would the authorities do it? Foods containing dangerous ingredients of salts, sugars, fats etc. would be just outlawed from store shelves or food outlets. Just as foods containing drugs are presently not allowed to be sold. Get it???? I doubt it.
Now, it might be sarcasm (what food doesn't contain 'dangerous ingredients of salts, sugars and fats', after all?) but if so, isn't it depressing that you can no longer tell..?

10 comments:

Macheath said...

Childcare guru Dr Spock said that children should have a balanced diet to encourage regular bowel habits (something of a fixation in Spock's day, I believe) but that if parents became obsessed, there was a danger they might find themselves
'feeding the stools rather than the child'.

Substitute the word 'Quangos' for 'stools' and you have a fair approximation of the situation, as well as a pleasing analogy.

John R said...

Ban, ban, ban, ban.....

Why is it that the only solution any of these publically-funded nutters can think of involves them telling me I can't do something? Can't they get it into their granite skulls that I do things my way 'cos I like it? When I get bored I'll do something different.

My life, my body, my choice. Now all of you, just sod off.

Angry Exile said...

"Obesogenic"? What the fuck? That's up there with paedogeddon. Giving someone who'd use such a word in a serious context is nothing less than a total wankastrophe.

Angry Exile said...

As is missing out the words "a job to" in that post.

/facepalm

WV for this one = burga

staybryte said...

Angry Exile beat me to it. Obesogenic?

What's next? Obesophobia?

Anonymous said...

The essential nutrients contain fats, carbohydrates, water, proteins, vitamins, and trace minerals. If you gave up all fat, or all sugars, or all salt, you would become ill.
Now if government is really determined to interfere with our personal lives, perhaps they should be forced to make the House of Commons and the House of Lords the obligatory proving ground for all pilot schemes imposed upon the public. Let us see what happens when their fancy tearooms and terraces are replaced by dispensers with carrot juice, prunes and muesli. Also they should be forced to attend health screening every weekday so they can be put on the scales and urine tested.

Mrs R said...

"Where the Government has introduced tough rules, such as improving school food, genuine progress has been made,"

Yes, kids stopped eating school meals!

Macheath said...

forced to attend health screening every weekday so they can be put on the scales and urine tested

Hear,Hear! All politicians should have the piss taken out of them on a regular basis.

JuliaM said...

"Substitute the word 'Quangos' for 'stools' and you have a fair approximation of the situation, as well as a pleasing analogy."

Heh! Indeed...

"Why is it that the only solution any of these publically-funded nutters can think of involves them telling me I can't do something?"

Because it's their true goal in life?

"What's next? Obesophobia?"

I wouldn't be a bit surprised if it was. Would you?

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JuliaM said...

"Now if government is really determined to interfere with our personal lives, perhaps they should be forced to make the House of Commons and the House of Lords the obligatory proving ground for all pilot schemes imposed upon the public."

I like that idea. I like it very much!

"Yes, kids stopped eating school meals!"

Haven't they just been agonising over this in a report a few weeks ago? So much for 'joined up government'...

"All politicians should have the piss taken out of them on a regular basis."

Lol!