The Politics of Obesity

For the past 50+ years, health experts around the world have been telling us what to eat and how to move in order to be lean, fit and healthy.

And during that period of time,

Chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes, have become the leading cause of mortality in the world, representing 60% of all deaths”.

And what is the cause of this chronic disease explosion?

The World Health Organization has identified the major risk factors for chronic disease as:

  • an unhealthy diet,
  • insufficient physical inactivity,
  • and tobacco use.

cigarette warning The Politics of ObesityAnd we all know what they did to reduce the use of tobacco.

Anti-smoking ad campaigns and government legislation caused millions of smokers to butt out.

In Canada, cigarette manufacturers were forced by the government to put these labels on their packaging.

If you smoke, you’re going to get lung cancer, develop a mouth disease, become impotent, kill your unborn baby and/or have a stroke.

Seriously, with that heavy a guilt trip, I find it hard to believe that there are any smokers left for the experts to scare.

And, for the experts, that’s a big problem.

If no one is smoking, how are we going to get that big government grant money to save the people from their own “bad habits”?

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 The Politics of Obesity

Eureka!!!

I’ve got it….we just replace the anti-smoking programs with anti-obesity programs.

  • First, we need to get people scared. Really scared. Scared of being fat. Scared of their children being fat.

Let’s do that with lots and lots of newspaper and magazine articles about the obesity epidemic.

Current generation of kids to live shorter lives than parents

  • And then, to avoid the general population from stepping in and solving their own problems, we need to step in and tell the people that we’re on top of things and that they shouldn’t worry.

British government targets obesity

The most significant public and personal health challenge,’ minister says

We also need to bring together all of the appropriate gov’t and non-gov’t organizations and have high level discussions and think-tanks and create some best practices and a bunch of other buzz words.

And we will bring them all together as some sort of anti-obesity, pro-health super-alliance.

alliance for a healthier generation The Politics of Obesity

  • And then come the regulations and the taxes.

New York’s Obesity Tax

Fast Food Menu Legislation

The Politics of Obesity

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But, maybe there’s a better way.

Maybe there’s a way to bypass all of the experts.

Maybe there’s a way we can all help each other…without going farther into debt and without having higher taxes and without straining under additional governmental rules and regulations.

Maybe.

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Doug Robb is a personal trainer, a fitness blogger and author, a competitive athlete, a social media nerd and a student of nutrition and exercise science. Since 2008, Doug has brought his real-world experience online via his health & fitness blog, Health Habits.

6 Comments

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  2. MakingFitHappen

    February 28, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Crazy talk. CRAZY talk!

  3. Townsville Nerd

    March 15, 2009 at 8:28 pm

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  5. Build Muscle

    March 4, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Every time the government decides something is bad for us they tax it, label it with warning, publish a glut of media propaganda, ban it or restrict it, but inevitably big business always comes out on top. Remember, “any publicity is good publicity”. This is not always true, but 99% of the time it is.

    Use your brain to choose your health habits and always practice moderation.

  6. Monica Shaw

    March 3, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    It’s kind of funny. Despite all the government warnings and advice from experts, it seems like the best help in the world actually comes from friends and loved ones. Just from reading blogs I can tell you that more people trust the advice of like-minded bloggers than they do those government fools. Trust, man! It’s all about trust! Now who’s up for a group hug?!!

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