In the course of my travels through the Interweb I came across an interesting site.
Yet another self appointed organisation is setting out to organise our lives for our own good.
The Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance demands that we reduce preventable deaths by 25% by 2025.
Those of us at the receiving end of the tobacco control bullying tactics have been warning for a while that the net would soon spread to catch just about everybody, and this crowd are setting out the blueprint. If you eat, drink or move you are about to become a target. You are going to become more healthy whether you like it or not. Their targets are “preventable causes which include tobacco use, unhealthy diets, alchohol [sic] consumption and physical inactivity”.
While we could all see the upcoming attacks on alcohol, salt, fat and obesity, I confess that the physical activity target is a new one on me. Quite how they hope to influence this area is not clear. There is mention of the building of cycle-ways and footpaths but this sounds a little benign to me. The Righteous tend to prefer bully tactics rather than a passive approach so it will be interesting to see how they will actually force people to take exercise, for this surely is their inevitable goal.
Quite how they hope to achieve a quarter reduction in deaths within thirteen years isn’t quite clear, but there is nothing like a drop of induced panic to spur governments on. Naturally they are doomed to failure as they completely overlook one major cause of premature death, namely Mother Nature.
However, logic was never the Righteous’ strong point.