I cannot understand this modern obsession with health.
Every day the papers carry some story, each one more ridiculous that the last claiming that picking your nose causes knee cancer or that using a telescope will cause your eyes to drop out. Some claims are so patently absurd that you have to laugh, but they are still printed in that air of frenzy that would have you believe they have discovered the meaning of life.
What is the point of all this garbage?
In an ideal world, the WHO or whatever would inform us that Professor Fred has discovered a possible link between sugar and obesity, or that the University of Narnia thinks cigarettes may be bad for you, and they would then leave us to make our own decisions. After all, it’s my body, my health and my life. That’s called free will.
One of the latest bits of blindingly useless bits of information to emerge is that Ireland is to have a 72% increase in cancers by 2030. Apparently Bulgaria is the place to be with a 2.2% increase. What use is this information? Instead of wittering on about future trends, why don’t they just devote their time to finding cures?
Why has the WHO published these figures? What possible purpose can they serve except to cause depression amongst the gullible few who actually believe the claptrap? Are we all supposed to suddenly change our lifestyles? Are we all supposed to switch from high sugar to sugar free? On second thoughts, sugar will kill you and so will sugar free, so you can’t win there. It can serve no purpose whatsoever except to justify some grossly inflated salary somewhere.
Of course in the last few years, governments have taken it upon themselves to force us to live their lifestyle of choice. Smokers have taken the brunt of the greatest “denormalisation” programme since Hitler decided he didn’t like Jews, and now they are turning their attention to drinkers and eaters. They won’t be happy until we are all eating government regulated food, drinking government approved drink and exercising following an exercise regime laid down by… [you’ve guessed it] government. Even then, people are still going to fall ill and die so what will they have actually achieved, apart from making society miserable?
Possibly the last paragraph in the WHO statement is the most telling –
“We need to urgently look at introducing fat and sugar taxes and how these unhealthy foods are promoted, and even greater restrictions on the advertising and sale of tobacco”
So having failed to “educate” us, they want reams of further government control on how we live our lives. [Though I would love to know how they intend to further restrict tobacco advertising here in Ireland – the only places where you ever see any sight or mention of tobacco is in the breathless press releases by ASH and on the little signs in tobacconists about not selling tobacco to under 21s.]
I just cannot see the point to it all.