Obesity

The majority of NZs want to pay more for their food? Really?

The NZ Herald has a poll result today where the headline claims that Kiwi want a ‘fat tax’.

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Except that was not was originally asked in the poll.

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The question is rather clumsy. Imagine the result if they had asked “Do you think it is a good idea to tax ALL Kiwis with a sugar tax, increasing food and drink prices across the board, when it is only fat bastards who should be taxed?”.  Read more »

How long before the wowsers lobby for this here?

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After surpassing the U.S. as the most obese country in the world in 2013, Mexico is taking action against ads for high-calorie food and soft drinks.

Ads featuring those items will be banned on TV between 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. on weekdays, and between 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on weekends. The ads will also be restricted in movie theaters. Mexicans, who have the highest rate of diabetes in the world, are also the world’s largest consumers of sugary drinks, with an average of 163 litres per person a year. 

It is only a matter of time before the health nazis start pushing for similar bans here…Duncan Garner will push this hard out for sure, as will water salesman Tony Falkenstein.

Meanwhile Coke and Frucor and other soda manufacturers should prepare themselves for a hammering that their blond, ditzy, PR maven won’t know what to cope with.

Mexico is restricting television advertising for high-calorie food and soft drinks, as part of its campaign against obesity, the government says.

Such ads will be banned with immediate effect on terrestrial and cable TV between 14:30 and 19:30 on weekdays and between 07:30 and 19:30 at weekends.

Restrictions will also be imposed on similar ads shown at the cinema.

Seventy percent of adults and 30% of children in Mexico are obese or overweight, official figures suggest.

Overall, 40% of commercials for soft drinks, confectionery and chocolates will disappear from TV, in favour of products which “meet nutritional standards”, the health ministry is quoted as saying.

Mexico is going further than any other country in restricting advertising.

The UK, Norway and Quebec province in Canada, all have bans on advertising junk food in children’s television.

However, this has not stopped the adverts appearing in more popular “family” programming.   Read more »

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Is Robertson making a move?

It looks like Grant Robertson is planning on making a move against David Cunliffe.

David Farrar reports that his Labour sources are saying that Robertson has the numbers in caucus and has done for some time.

My sources are telling me that though Robertson has the numbers he is scared of taking over in case h loses and ruins his chances forever.

One thing for sure though is Grant Robertson is back on a diet…losing weight too. Sources tell me that he has been on a diet for s short time.

Last night he appeared on 3News:

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Waaaay past lardo or heifer…into behemoth status at 320kg

Rachel Smalley got herself into trouble for telling the truth, such is the topsy turvy world of outrage that exists out there.

She called fatties lardos and heifers on radio with a live mike when she thought it was off. If it was me I would never have apologised for that. It was true.

But lardos and heifers would be positively waif-like compared with this food disposal monster.

A 320-kilogram woman lifted from her home by firefighters is among the most obese people in New Zealand and is likely beyond surgical intervention, a health professional says.

The 54-year-old Canterbury woman, and the mattress she lay on, were placed on a loader and carried to a waiting ambulance. After the almost two-hour effort, the woman was driven to Christchurch Hospital, where eight firemen carried her inside.

Their efforts yesterday were not unusual. Canterbury fire brigades were called to lift the morbidly obese on a monthly basis, the Fire Service said.

An ambulance crew went to the rural house about 9am to transfer the woman to hospital.

Unable to carry her, they called firefighters for help.

The country’s most experienced bariatric surgeon, Richard Stubbs, said he had carried out about 1500 operations on obese patients in a career spanning 18 years.

The heaviest person he had treated weighed 360kg, Stubbs said.    Read more »

The insanity of sugar and fat taxes

Katherine Rich pushes back against the health nazis who want to put a tax on sugar and fat.

Sugar taxes will extract more money from citizens’ wallets for governments but do nothing to curb obesity.

While sugar is seen by some as the current food demon, it’s important to dial back the hysteria for a fact-based discussion.

Sugars are an important part of people’s diets, providing energy for the body and brain. Over the past decade, sucrose consumption in New Zealand has declined, and reports suggest most people consume at moderate levels.

All this while obesity has been rising. The remaining part of the energy-in, energy-out equation is physical activity, but anti-sugar activists prefer to blame food companies.

The food companies just sit there like stunned mullets as their customers and products are demonised. They thought that it would never happen to them if only they just kept quiet while tobacco companies were bashed.

They were wrong.

The inconvenient truth for those wanting to scapegoat full-sugar carbonated drinks – fizzy – is that there has been a dramatic drop in sales in the past 15 years as consumers turn to the growing array of zero calorie and diet fizz options now available.

With Kiwis eating less sugar and drinking less sugary fizz at a time of rising obesity levels, it’s nonsense to pretend fizz taxes are going to magic away the obesity problem.

So long as the health nazis promote the food pyramid that is heavy on carbohydrates and low on proteins then we will continue to get fatter, especially if we don;t exercise to burn those calorie loadings. Taxing sugars and fats won’t work.    Read more »

It isn’t sugar or anything else that makes you fat, it is laziness

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Fat bastards beware…the research is starting to unpack the lies of the anti-sugar lobby who hand out excuses for fat bastards being fat bastards by trying to blame things like sugar.

The reality is if you are a fat bastard is it is because you are also a lazy bastard.

A lack of exercise rather than diet is to blame for the obesity crisis, experts have warned.

A new study in the U.S. found activity levels have fallen dramatically in the last 20 years as average body mass index (BMI) increased and calorie intake remained the same.

Scientists said a drop in exercise and leisure time, especially among young women, may be responsible for rising obesity rates.

It is recommended adults do 150 minutes of moderate exercise – brisk walking, cycling or gardening , for example – each week.   Read more »

Obesity is not a disability, fatties need to stop blaming others

Just because you can;t stop chucking pies and coke down your gob doesn;t mean you are disabled and someone other than yourself needs to be held accountable for your insatiable need to scoff grub.

It just means you have no self control. This is why I say tax the fat bastard rather than trying to tax everyone to stop fat bastards being fat bastards.

Just when you think the European courts can’t be any more meddlesome or stupid, they show us they can.

Judges in Luxembourg this week have been debating whether or not obesity is a disability.

If they rule it is, employers all over Europe will have to spend a hefty chunk of their profits helping make life easier for fat people who refuse to help themselves.

This lunacy follows the sacking of 25 stone Danish childminder Karsten Kaltoft, who claims he was fired because he’s fat.

Kaltoft was so huge he couldn’t even bend down to tie the children’s ­shoelaces. And if he couldn’t do that presumably he couldn’t play with them, or run after them if they got away from him or move quickly if they needed help. He literally wasn’t “fit” to do his job.

His employers tried to help by paying for him to go to a gym. But it looks like he didn’t bother. So how much did HE value his job? What value did he put on the safety of the children in his care?   Read more »

Now the doctors union is advocating for taxes on sugar

The pressure is ramping up on food producers as the doctors union gets involved in suggesting taxes for sugary foods, especially drinks.

New Zealand is fat, getting fatter, and doctors say urgent action needs to be taken.

The New Zealand Medical Association, which represents thousands of doctors, says the soaring obesity rate is now a “public health crisis”.

In a report published today, the association calls for drastic cures for the bulge, including taxing or minimum prices for sugary drinks, restricting food advertising aimed at children, and taking fast food out of schools.

Tackling obesity should be embedded in everything from new building developments to school curriculums, the report says. Despite overwhelming evidence of the massive cost of obesity, the official response had been “piecemeal and largely ineffectual”, lagging behind many other countries.

The current Government’s move, when first elected, to scrap healthy food in schools, was singled out as a particularly troubling decision.

Reliance on self-regulation of the food industry was not working, the report says. “A prevailing ideology of individual responsibility and vested commercial interests have combined to thwart, dilute and undermine previous attempts at effective policies to counter the challenge of obesity.”

Association chairman Mark Peterson said more needed to be done to make healthy choices easier. “It is killing us and it is also costing us a lot of money.”

New Zealand was the fourth fattest country in the OECD, behind only the United States, Mexico and Hungary.

Otago University health researcher Professor Jim Mann said he supported the report’s recommendations, particularly a fizzy drink tax. Kiwis were becoming so big that they were almost blind to obesity. “Parents can’t even identify when their children are overweight or obese. Obesity is fast becoming normal.”

New Zealand’s poverty rates, particularly among children, and cheap access to fatty tasty foods were largely to blame, as was a lack of political will. “There is this obsession with the nanny state, that we shouldn’t be telling people what to do.”

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Charge the parents, don’t tax the drinks

I have long held the position that it is fat bastards who should pay for their health concerns as a result of their poor self control. Introduce a Fat bastard Tax not what the health busybodies want which is a tax on all products containing sugar or fat…or whatever ingredient they will hate on next.

In the case of children then tax the parents who let their kids become fat bastards.

Christina Odone blogs at The Telegraph:

“What do we hate? The Nanny state!” might be a suitable marching song for conservatives — until, that is, children’s well-being is compromised. When parents abuse their role as their child’s protectors the state is right to intervene. Which is why the couple in Norfolk, arrested for allowing their son’s weight to reach 15 stone, should face court.

Imagine parents who regularly gave their son heroin; or a bottle of vodka. Anyone observing such behaviour would instinctively call the police to save the child. The same now has to be true of a child whose parents are feeding him too many of the wrong things. We now know that food — junk food, fatty food, sugar, additives – can prove as damaging to a child’s health as heroin or alcohol. Indeed, sugar is so toxic that experts claim it is as bad as tobacco: it leads not only to obesity, but to diabetes too.

Parents who ignore these facts and ply their children with excess food (or just really bad food) are abusing their children as clearly as those who let them take drugs. In the case of the couple in Norfolk, their son suffers from autism: he is all the more at the mercy of his parents’ care. They defend his weight by claiming that it is down to bad genes. Wrong: it’s down to the parents.

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Weed, alcohol and tobacco – One of these things is not like the others

Here in New Zealand we have the health jihadists attempting get a plain packaging law on tobacco through parliament. Contemporaneously other health jihadists are trying to apply the same logic to products that contain sugar.

California is moving already to force warning labels on soft drinks…and has one of the most restrictive anti-smoking regimes in the world.

Australia has forced plain packaging of tobacco and is now being sued for the pleasure.

The UK is attempting to ram through plain packaging legislation at the same time.

We also have a ban on advertising, and have removed all displays from stores.

Which is all very incongruent when you look at two other products.

Alcohol and Cannabis.

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