There’s a suprising connection to obesity we haven’t even considered | World Economic Forum

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WEF warns that trade and investment agreements can increase consumption of unhealthy foods, sugary drinks and tobacco – leading to soaring rates of obesity and chronic diseases globally.

Source: There’s a suprising connection to obesity we haven’t even considered | World Economic Forum

As US adult obesity levels reach 40% and the CDC warns that 40% of cancers linked to obesity, the WEF rightly targets tobacco, unhealthy foods and alcohol products. WEF reports that alongside physical inactivity, consumption of these products is one of the main drivers of non-communicable deseases (NCDs).

Having travelled extensively in the developing world, I’ve seen first hand the correlation between increased trade and higher consumption of junk food and alcohol.

Unfortunately, the tabacco, food and drinks industry has a very poweful lobby and governments are way behind the curve with effective intervention.

Thoughts?

People who think punitive measures help drug addicts haven’t seen what I have | Alex Wodak | Opinion | The Guardian

Here’s an excellent op-ed on the politics of drug addiction, by Alex Wodak, published in the Guardian. The author, Dr Alex Wodak is president of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation and he argues had the Australian government consulted experts before unveiling their plan to drug test welfare recipients, they would have been advised to drop it, pronto.

Source: People who think punitive measures help drug addicts haven’t seen what I have | Alex Wodak | Opinion | The Guardian

This article brings into stark contrast conservative and liberal politics related to drug addiction. Both sides have their arguments and experts.

Conservative, tax-paying voters in many Western countries are tired of paying into welfare schemes that support the scroungers and cheats of the welfare system. People who take drugs regularly or who are addicted to alcohol are not properly motivated to get a job and pay their way in society.

Let me ask an open question:

Should governments in the US, the UK and Canada follow Australia’s example and drug test welfare recipients?

Thoughts?