The latest propaganda campaign is running nicely I see.
Articles in newspapers and debates on television about the Obesity Epidemic here in Ireland. Some items are more subtle, such as “reality shows” on television where people compete to lose the most weight.
It’s all for our own good of course.
It is all so fucking familiar.
The phrases being used are taken straight out of the Righteous Manual of Tobacco Hatred. We are hearing phrases like “we all know there is an obesity epidemic” and “the cost to our over-burdened public health system”. We are being given “startling facts” such as two thirds of all men and over half all women are overweight or obese.
What a pile of steaming horse shit.
Take a walk through any city, town or village and take a look at the pedestrians. Are two thirds of men wobbling along wheezing for breath? No. You might see one or two but they are very much the exception. How many women do you know who overflow their chairs? Not many, I will bet. Of all the people I know, maybe one or two could stand to lose a few pounds but the rest are fine, normal, healthy people.
The first skirmish in The Obesity War is on its way. They want all restaurants, cafes and the like to put the calorie value on every item on the menu. This of course is the ringer for the “health warnings” on tobacco. And like the “health warnings” it is a load of bollox. Is it going to work? Except for a few gullible morons who believe everything they hear without question, the calorie count will be completely ignored, just as those daft warnings about sterility and instant death are ignored on tobacco products.
Of course after a while, The Righteous are going to announce that the calorie warnings aren’t enough and they are going to start demanding that food over a certain value is to be banned by law. Then they will probably demand a ban on eating in public [we all know it sends the wrong signals]. They are already demanding a ban on food advertising.
Of course there is a simple way of virtually eliminating the “obesity epidemic” at one stroke. All they have to do is raise their obviously wrong idea of the ideal weight. If you claim that all men should weigh no more than ten stone, then you are going to have a fantastically overweight population. If your ideal figure is fifteen stone then the problem disappears.
There again, what is this obsession with weight and waste size? Neither are any indication of obesity. A thirty four inch waist on a five footer is probably overdoing it, whereas the same waist size on a six footer is quite average. I have heard tell that the entire Irish rugby team would fail the Body Mass Index test, so would you consider them unhealthy?
What really pisses me off about all this Nanny interference is that there are much more urgent problems.
If they are so fucking worried about our health, why aren’t they doing something about the 60,000 who are waiting for hospital procedures?
God give me fucking strength.