It’s as predictable as the sunrise.
No sooner do they introduce new regulations across the Irish Sea in their “war on obesity” than our lot start screaming for the same, only harsher.
The Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) said the government should follow the UK’s lead “through tough new action to tackle obesity that has been made more urgent than ever by evidence of a link to increased risk from Covid-19″.
Of course they have to bring the Virus into it. Having tried to scare the shite out of us all with their doom and gloom over the past few months they are now going further by trying to scare any remaining shite out of the overweight. Lose a few pounds they say, or you will die a horrible death.
Under new UK plans, restaurants will have to display calories on menus, ‘buy one get one free’ deals on unhealthy items are banned and TV ads for junk food are not permitted to air before 9pm.
So here we have advertising bans, the equivalent of health warnings and restrictions on what can be sold. They seem to have missed the plain packs bit, but that’s only a matter of time. We all know the Tobacco Template.
The IHF said the Irish government “should now look at going even further” than this through actions like mandatory reformulation of unhealthy food and drinks and extending the sugar tax on drinks to include confectionery goods.
Oh sweet fuck! As if they didn’t tax us enough.
And how the fuck are they supposed to introduce “mandatory reformulation of unhealthy food and drinks”? What does that even mean? Who decides what is unhealthy? I suppose that given free reign, they’d probably ban everything except tofu and cashew nuts. I have never heard of anything more insane.
By their own claims, 23% of adults are obese. Not overweight, you notice, but obese. This would mean that they are happy with the 77% who aren’t but those 77% are going to have to suffer the same penalties such as higher prices and tasteless crap for food.
Incidentally I don’t know where that quarter of the population lives but it’s not around here. Maybe they are all confined to Leitrim?
“The more successful we are in limiting the impact of the virus the quicker we will be able to return to some sort of normality, so the case for decisive action on obesity has never been more compelling,” the IHF’s head of advocacy, Chris Macey, said in a statement.
So there you have it. All we have to do is lose a few pounds [whether we need to or not] and the pandemic will be over.
Who thought it could be so easy?