Saturday, 6 December 2014

“Because It’s All The Fault Of Capitalism That I’m Fat!”

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown lets her inner fascist out for a romp:
If the world’s leaders want to tackle the problem, they will have to abandon some of the central principles of their economic credo. A market totally free of regulation and liability is no longer sustainable. It is annihilating the environment and now ruining public health. Most of the costs of the health services are borne by ordinary taxpayers. We need test cases of obese people taking food manufacturers to court, following the example of ill smokers who took class action against cigarette makers and sellers.
Well, I for one can’t wait to see some landwhale try that one in court...!

*orders full-fat popcorn with extra sugar*
The obesity epidemic cries out for more regulation of food products. It is good that UK supermarkets have started to use traffic-light labels to help shoppers see what they are actually buying. But restaurants, part of a booming industry, have no such obligations. They must be brought in line. Every menu should tell you how much fat and how many carbs and calories each dish contains.
Oh, good grief! And she’s just getting started…
We could go further. All recipe books should be made to have these figures. I recently found one published by Which? magazine in a second-hand bookshop. It has changed how I eat and cook. Did you know that nutritious minestrone soup made with fresh vegetables and with brown pasta is really low in calories?
Yes. Of course. Actually, I think there are creatures living at the bottom of abyssal trenches that probably know that.
Two other measures for national and local governments to consider: ban food ads for children and use the planning laws to make sure our high streets have fewer food outlets. In our small parade all but two shops sell food. Children walk past after school and dive in like seabirds after a glut of fish. They are already addicts and many of them will join the swell of obesity.
Food ‘addicts’. *rolls eyes* Now I’ve seen it all.
For their sakes and the overburdened NHS, leaders must now take action. Capitalism needs to be civic and responsible. Is that too much to ask?
You don’t want ‘leaders’, Yasmin. You want benevolent dictators.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Teach personal responsibility at school and slay anyone who teaches victimhood. Reduce welfare to real charity and unemployment insurance and universal health insurance loaded against the obese for all but the most desperate cases. If victim generating weren't a collossal job creating wheeze for those with indifferent uni degrees, we could concentrate on helping the genuinely unfortunate.

Furor Teutonicus said...

FF Did you know that nutritious minestrone soup made with fresh vegetables and with brown pasta is really low in calories? FF

Soup is a bloody DRINK, NOT food!

Fergus Mason said...

My lentil soup is definitely food; you can practically stand the spoon up in it. Of course the high bacon content means it's also loaded with fat, so maybe Yasmin should avoid it.

Ed P said...

Sorry FT, soup is food, which is why one eats it in traditional english society.

Lefties like YAB always use words like "must", which shows their "mind"-set is based always on the acceptance of state control of us by "Them". Student politics by half-grown minds - yuck!

JohnM said...

YAB said "Did you know that nutritious minestrone soup made with fresh vegetables and with brown pasta is really low in calories?"

The problem is in the pasta. Most people eat too many (or too much) carbohydrates. It is them that cause fat to be put on the body, although the PTB suggest otherwise. Similar to the Global Warming/CO2 stupidity, the "science" has been hi-jacked by fools.

Anonymous said...

'Children walk past after school and dive in like seabirds after a glut of fish...'

...and the rest of that sentence is '...because their parents have given them the money for it.'
Shut up Yasmin.

That C.S. Lewis knew a thing or two : "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."

Furor Teutonicus said...

XX Fergus Mason said...

My lentil soup is definitely food; you can practically stand the spoon up in it. XX

Then mashed potatoe is soup as well then.

Soup is a fluid with lumps of indefinable crap floating in it.

A DRINK.

JuliaM said...

"Teach personal responsibility at school ..."

They haven't fully mastered reading & writing yet!

"My lentil soup is definitely food; you can practically stand the spoon up in it."

:D

"The problem is in the pasta. Most people eat too many (or too much) carbohydrates. "

Most minestrone you can buy have very little pasta in them.