That’ll get the buggers search-engining to us here. Hopefully LOTS and lots of…..teachers. (Of “science”, although you might not believe that at first.)
Thanks to Perry of Samizdata for flagging it. Sorry Perry, but I really needed another controversial post before lunchtime as I have to got to work after then.
The subtext is so ghastly, so Marxistly-fascist in its underlying assumption of the rightness of terms used in its own hegemonic discourse, that it JUST HAS TO BE reprinted, in part, here;
Obesity, the authors concluded, was an inevitable consequence of a society in which energy-dense and cheap foods, labour-saving devices, motorised transport and sedentary work were rife.
Underweight: Less than 18.5
Normal: 18.5 to 24.9
Overweight: 25 to 29.9
Obese: 30 or more
BMI is calculated by dividing weight in kilograms by height in metres squared
Dr Susan Jebb of the Medical Research Council said that in this environment, it was surprising that anyone was able to remain thin, and so the notion of obesity simply being a product of personal over-indulgence had to be abandoned for good.
“The stress has been on the individual choosing a healthier lifestyle, but that simply isn’t enough,” she said.
From planning our towns to encourage more physical activity to placing more pressure on mothers to breast feed – believed to slow down infant weight gain – the report highlighted a range of policy options without making any concrete recommendations.
Industry was already working make healthier products available, the report noted, while work was advanced in transforming the very make-up of food so it was digested more slowly and proved satisfying for longer.
But Sir David said it was clear that government needed to involve itself, as on this occasion, the market was failing to do the job.
Just look at the graphy-stuff too. So much is assumed about how people ought to look and how “big” they “ought” to be. Don’t know about you, but I couldn’t force my body to shag what they define a a “thin” woman, even if you paid me quite a bit.
Also, I think that any inhabited Biome that has animals in it that have invented “energy-dense, cheap foods” without help from socialists, has won the battle for survival over the rest of the inanimate universe. We can now go to the Stars, in time hopefully, and the Life Of The Universe will not need to terminate at the Next Asteroid-Hit on The One Planet (there may only be one – has anyone considered that?)
When I was a boy in the 1950s, we could only DREAM of such foods. We were told that “spacemen” might be able to have some while in flight, and we slavered violently for the stuff, only being able to imagine what it would taste like. Now, thanks to the USA, the Free Market and fast-food-joints, we can share in Paradise, even while we are still alive.
Why have to eat huge amounts of tasteless, slow-to-digest food, when you can eat small (or larger if you want, it’s your body after all) amounts of tasty, fast-to-digest food? We have a short gut after all, only 35 feet or so.
Perhaps the Government thinks we are cows, and wants to slaughter us all. Then of course we can’t vote against it ever again.