Overweight

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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Obesity caused by Global Warming

Is there anything that isn’t caused by global warming?

Did you know that obesity isn’t caused by stuffing food in alarming quantities into your gob?

Obesity is caused by global warming…or perhaps obesity is causing global warming…oh it is so confusing.

Obesity and climate change are two of the most pressing modern challenges.1 On the surface, there appears to be no connection between them, beyond their coexistence as major threats to global health and sustainability.

However, recent research suggests a causal bidirectional link between obesity and climate change. Mounting evidence suggests that “current food production, transport, land use and urban design negatively impact both climate change and obesity outcomes.” A recent article by Webb and Egger explores this connection.

More than one-third of U.S. adults and approximately 17% of children and adolescents are obese. According to the World Health Organization, more than 1.4 billion adults worldwide were overweight in 2008. Over 200 million men and nearly 300 million women were obese. Overweight and obesity have nearly doubled since 1980 and have become the fifth largest cause of global mortality.  Read more »

Are their eyes painted on?

Is there a problem with parents using their own eyes to determine whether their kids might overweight in comparison to every other kid in the same age bracket?

Trougher Boyd Swinburn raises his well subsidised head again and moans because parents aren’t being told their kids are enormous fat bastards. No doubt he will be applying to the Ministry Of Health for more government funding.

Parents are  not being told when their child is overweight or obese because health officials are worried they will be upset.

This is despite New Zealand slipping back “markedly” in child obesity prevention because the Government has done away with key policies such as the Healthy Eating, Healthy Action plan, according to Boyd Swinburn, the professor of population nutrition and global health at Auckland University.   Read more »

Another reason we need a fat bastard tax

Fat-shaming doesn’t work, we need a fat bastard tax, if only to save fat bastards from themselves.

Fat shaming as a ‘motivational technique’ has divided the health and fitness community.

Queensland personal trainers, Sharny and Julius Keiser have been in the spotlight in recent weeks for their controversial comments likening the obese to dole bludgers, labelling them as ‘whingers’ and ‘lazy’.

Despite a public backlash, after the pair appeared on Today Tonight and Sunrise, they are unapologetic. “What we said came from a place of caring and after years of hearing too many excuses,” says Julius. “We know that many people don’t agree with us, but somebody needed to say it.”  Read more »

A fat bastard tax on fliers

Project Syndicate: Peter Singer

An Australian grasps the issues and gives the fatties a good slap. The corresponding jiggle is as mesmerizing as a lava lamp to a stoner.

Webber suggests that airlines set a standard passenger weight, say, 75 kilos. If a passenger weighs 100 kilos, a surcharge would be charged to cover the extra fuel costs. For a passenger who is 25 kilos overweight, the surcharge on a Sydney-London return ticket would be $29. A passenger weighing just 50 kilos would get a discount of the same amount.

Another way to achieve the same objective would be to set a standard weight for passengers and luggage, and then ask people to get on the scales with their luggage. That would have the advantage of avoiding embarrassment for those who do not wish to reveal their weight.

Friends with whom I discuss this proposal often say that many obese people cannot help being overweight – they just have a different metabolism from the rest of us. But the point of a surcharge for extra weight is not to punish a sin, whether it is levied on baggage or on bodies. It is a way of recouping from you the true cost of flying you to your destination, rather than imposing it on your fellow passengers. Flying is different from, say, health care. It is not a human right.

Maybe Air New Zealand could offer more airpoints or upgrades to those with a BMI under 30. That would really piss off pinkos, and Pinko.

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My First Te Reo – mōmona

mōmona

(stative) be fat, fatty, obese, in good condition, rich, fertile.

from The Maori Dictionary. Now we can see why Maori have such a problem with obesity. Their word for fat-arse means “in good condition”.

Then there is the news about losing weight “the Maori Way”.

What is that?

“First drop your pie” was the lesson for one of the Hastings crew who cycled into Parliament Grounds yesterday to prove to Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia that their weight loss programme is working.

Reminds me of Ricky Gervais’s solution for obesity and the ensuing outcry over his comments when fatties decided that they were like poofs and couldn’t help shoving pies into their face.

His response is priceless.

I heard someone on the radio once say that they were tired of the prejudice aimed at the overweight. They said something like “you’re not allowed to make fun of gay people, so why are you allowed to make fun of fat people? It’s the same thing.”

It’s not the same thing though, is it? Gay people are born that way. They didn’t work at becoming gay. Fat people became fat because they would rather be that way than stop eating so much. They had to eat and eat to get fat. Then, when they were fat they had to keep up the eating to stay fat. For gayness to be the same as fatness, gay people would have to start off straight but then ween themselves onto cock. Soon they’re noshing all day getting gayer and gayer. They’ve had more than enough cock… they’re full… they’re just sucking for the sake of it. Now they’re overgay, and frowned upon by people who can have the occasional cock but not over indulge.

When a doctor tells me that that’s how you become gay, I’ll stop making jokes about fat people.