It’s always someone else’s fault

Deborah Coddington is at her ranty best in the Herald on Sunday, this time against all those people who fail the personal responsibility test:

The outraged opposition to my column last week – in which I expressed disgust at two Otago academics who concluded that obese people have lost the willpower to stop overeating and that it’s the fault of government, food industry, advertisers and the market – proved my point.

I’m not supposed to offend the “differently sized”. But when it comes to the rest of us who drain the public health bill (oldies, drug addicts, boozers or crooks) commentators such as I are allowed to cast judgment. Somehow they’re fair game.

At least smokers and boozers, through considerable sin taxes, contribute to the health budget. How do we solve the looming problem with obesity-related illnesses when there are so many who continue to feel it’s their right to be fat, blame everyone else and, unless they have private insurance, expect them to pay?

Tax sweet and fatty foods when grocery bills are already high? Load every cafe, cake stall, sausage sizzle, corner dairy or restaurant that serves pomme frites with more levies because the food police want a tax on burgers, fries and coke?

Yes, there are many complicated reasons why people pig out, but reasons are different from excuses, and blaming the food industry won’t solve anything.

People are fat because they continue to consume more calories than their body needs to operate. It is as simple as that. The body is actually very simple and is designed to store away surplus energy just in case.

In a modern society though the just in case situation never happens because food is plentiful.

How do we know food is plentiful?

Well…because we are surrounded by fat bastards blaming everyone else in between stuffing pies into their gob.


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  • Andrei

    It never ceases to amaze me how intellectually shallow these fanatics are.

    The longer a person lives the more of the “health budget” they will consume so a person who dies at sixty-five of “obesity related illness” probably overall costs the taxpayer less than the person who lives to ninety-five and spends the last five years of their lives in the high needs unit of a nursing home after receiving two hip replacements at seventy and surviving cancer treatment at seventy five, amputations for gangrene at eighty and so forth.

    If you think about it logically if a smoker dies a “preventable” death in their sixties the savings to the taxpayer in super alone let alone health means that they are actually  doing everybody a favour.