I’ve long predicted this, but who would have thought that one of the brightest commentators would fall for the lobbying of the troughers intent on treating food like tobacco.
Unfortunately Colin Espiner has bought the spin that it is the ingredients of food and not the fat bastard stuffing their gobs that is the fault and cause of the so-called obesity epidemic.
We’re eatingÂ ourselves to death. Remember how we used to visit America and laugh at how many fat people there were? Who’s laughing now?
Rachel Smalley was right. Many New Zealand women are lardos and heifers. But even more so the men. And, sadly, their kids too.
A new health study has found 1.2 million Kiwis are not just a little bit pudgy around the middle, but obese. That’s nearly one in three adults and one in nine children. And that’s the overall average. In poorer areas of the country, it’s closer to 50 per cent.
How has this happened? How has New Zealand become the fattest nation in the OECD after America and Mexico? Aren’t we supposed to be a fit, outdoorsy nation living on fresh air and natural produce?
Health experts have been warning us for ages, but we haven’t taken any notice. Back when National took office in 2008, it was out with Nanny State and those pesky, dictatorial healthy eating programmes.
Labour was pilloried for banning pies and soft drinks and cream buns and sweets from school tuck shops. It wasn’t the state’s job to reach into the lunchboxes of our kids, we cried.
State funded health experts building lobbying businesses off of the back of ever increasing state funding…lobbying the government to spend even more with them…compromised much?
National wasn’t a fan of funding obesity programmes or education either. It felt the money spent on curbing our interest in unhealthy eating wasn’t actually a health priority. So Health Minister Tony Ryall cut funding for the Obesity Action Coalition. It closed on March 1, 2010.
But that wasn’t all. National scrapped the roles of district health board staff who helped schools implement healthy food and drink guidelines for schools implemented by Labour. More nanny stateism and bureaucratic red tape, it said. Better to channel the money into school sport – there’s not much a run around the footy field can’t fix. Â Read more »