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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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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