Obesity is climbing at alarming levels.
Or rather, the mention of obesity is climbing irrespective of the actual weight of the population.
What I find interesting about this is the timeline. Things remained fairly static from1900 to around the late ’60s, and then the graph kicks up a gear. Is this the time they noticed the phenomenon, or is this the time when they made some link between obesity and something else, like diabetes or cancer [we all know that everything causes cancer!] ?
They begin to loose interest then but suddenly they go into overdrive at the turn of the Millennium. Why?
I compared “obesity” and “smoking”.
And therein lies my theory.
In the late ’60s they started muttering about health. The Obesity Mob all but lost interest again but the Smoking Mob pushed ahead and started their pogrom against the unfortunate smoker. However by 2000 the Obesity Mob saw how successful the other crowd were and decided to hop on the bandwagon.
If this is true then where are we heading? We are already inundated with “healthy” television programmes and magazine articles. Moves have been made to make schools a “fast food free zone” and generally sugar, salt, fat and all the rest have gotten a bad name. Sugar taxes are being introduced at an alarming rate, and the next move I will guarantee will be forcing food manufacturers to stick to approved guidelines.
So following the tobacco template, we are going to see mandatory “health” images and dire warnings on all food. There will also be heavy restrictions on advertising [already there in some places?] with an eventual total ban. Next will come “plain packaging”, and restrictions on where a person can eat.
How soon will it be before they introduce ration books, only allowing “healthy” food in government approved portions? All fast food establishments and takeaways will be banned by law?
Smokers warned everyone that they would be next.
But did they listen?