Saturday, 15 August 2015

Science With George Monbiot!

I know this statement will be unwelcome. I too hate the idea that people cannot change their circumstances. But the terrible truth is that, except through surgery, for the great majority of sufferers obesity is an incurable disease.
Now, I’m not going to tear shreds off the idiocy of that statement, mainly because Chris Snowden already did.

But we’re talking here about progressives that think nothing whatsoever of believing that people can ‘change sex’ (with the aid of science), yet size and weight is suddenly fixed and immutable.
Industry and government will resist the obvious solutions until they can be resisted no longer. Eventually the change will have to happen, with similar restrictions on advertising, sponsorship, display and accessibility to those imposed on the tobacco pedlars. One day, though not before many thousands have needlessly died, it will become illegal to advertise any food or drink that merits a red traffic-light warning. They will be sold only in plain packaging, with health warnings, on high shelves.
Slippery slope, anyone?

Haven’t sensible folk like Dick & Leg-Iron & Longrider been warning you that smoking would just be the start?
Does this seem draconian to you?
No, it sounds insane. And evil.
If so, remember that obesity afflicts a quarter of the adult population, and is rising rapidly. It causes a range of hideous conditions, just one of which – diabetes – accounts for one sixth of NHS admissions and 10% of its budget. In what looking-glass world is this acceptable? If smoking demands fierce intervention, why not overeating?
Well, why not? And when that’s been ‘conquered’, what next?
This is the choice we face: to recognise that the only humane and effective means of addressing the obesity epidemic is to prevent more people from being hooked, by restricting the pushers – or to continue a programme of fat-shaming, bullying and compulsory treatment, whose only likely outcome is unhappiness. Now ask yourself again: which of these options is draconian?
The former, idiot. The latter penalises only those affected, not everyone else who isn’t.

8 comments:

John Dub said...

I think a lot of people make themselves feel better by gorging. They would be better off getting the same feeling by going to the gym.

I'm a bloke that unfortunately does both..

Ted Treen said...

Maybe "The Matrix" isn't the flight of fancy I originally took it to be.

ivan said...

Monbiot can't do science in any form, just look at his pronouncements about climate change.

Macheath said...

They will be sold only in plain packaging, with health warnings, on high shelves.

This is outrageous discrimination against the vertically challenged - I demand an immediate apology!

selsey.steve said...

Moonbat's prognostications are a forewarning of the Alinsky devotees desire for absolute control over everyone. Whilst his dribblings might appear to be humerous today, tomorrow they could become Law.
Beware. The war on smoking, as egregious as were the Apartheid Laws in South Africa, is only the first step. That step has proven to be successful and so the template has been 'approved' by the prod-nosed, blue-stockinged New Puritans who are forever fearful that someone, somewhere might be enjoying themselves in a fashion not approved of by the Politically Correct, self-appointed arbiters of what, in their minds alone, is 'right'.

Andrew Scarborough said...

Soylent green bean salad.

Lynne at Counting Cats said...

Monbiot - as much use to science and mankind as a blancmange dildo.

JuliaM said...

"Maybe "The Matrix" isn't the flight of fancy I originally took it to be."

Heh!

"This is outrageous discrimination against the vertically challenged - I demand an immediate apology!"

Just do what I do - look helpless, and a tall man will assist you :)

"Whilst his dribblings might appear to be humerous today, tomorrow they could become Law."

I wish I thought that was scaremongering... :/

"Monbiot - as much use to science and mankind as a blancmange dildo."

LOL!