Donal O'Sea is Ireland's "top obesity expert".
So being a type of doctor who specialises in obesity one would expect him to see a lot more obese people than the rest of us? And seeing a hell of a lot of obese people he naturally assumes we are all porkers. It's a bit like the car mechanic who assumes that every car on the road is dodgy because the only cars he works on are dodgy.
Anyhows, the Prof is worried to the point of distraction. His first patient of the year weighed in at an impressive 40 stone. One point in his favour is at least he sticks to old money – I can never get the hang of that Kilos crap. This 40 stoner then set the standard for the rest of the year and now SOMETHING MUST BE DONE.
Yes – the dear Prof is off on a rant about obesity and how it kills 4,000 people a year. The gubmint is as guilty of child abuse as the Vatican and our "National Heroes", the Robbie Keanes, the Brian O' Driscolls [whoever they are], are apparently all but killing people outright. Obesity should be treated like a Foot and Mouth emergency [though I’m not sure how driving over mats soaked in disinfectant is going to slim people down? A newly discovered treatment?]. In fact he blames everyone from Rosanna Davison, through the Working Classes to Santa Clause. In fairness to the Prof, he believes in spreading the blame a bit.
However, the Prof has realised that if you have an "epidemic" you must have some single industry to blame. There has to be a Big Something that is callously exploiting our precious cheeeeeldren for their own gains. Our Prof has decided to go for the jugular and is blaming Big Tobacco.
Yes, amongst others, Big Tobacco is behind our obesity epidemic –
Prof O'Shea says the food and drink industry, which is "predominantly owned by the same people who own the cigarette companies" are using inventive strategies to grow their base of "heavy users", despite knowing the untold damage they are doing to the nation's health.
So there you have it. Big Tobacco is the cause of it all. Presumably they are also off buying up salt mines, sugar factories and the McDonald's franchise?
The little scamps.
I have since learned from a reliable source that apparently the Prof isn't so anti-tobacco as I first thought. In fact he seems to think the greatest threat to national health and not tobacco and is actually a bit miffed that tobacco is constantly grabbling the limelight, which makes a change. Or so I am told.