A Hard Look at Childhood Obesity in the UK – John Gelmini

self-made picture of child who weighs somewher...

self-made picture of child who weighs somewhere between 200 and 210 pounds. i blocked out his face for his own protection. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Obesity Campaign Poster

Obesity Campaign Poster (Photo credit: Pressbound)

Childhood obesity has a number of causes not least of which is the propensity of their parents to provide a bad example by being grossly overweight themselves.

Mollycoddling and featherbedding children to the point where some three-year olds still suck on teats and cannot walk is another cause of childhood obesity, as is driving them to school, picking them up from school, spoiling them and allow them to spend vast amounts of time on social media and surfing the internet from a sedentary position for hours on end.

Schools encourage laziness by not pushing children hard enough and by selling off playing fields which means most of them fail to exercise at school.

Sugar and salt content in all foods needs to be lowered to about 20% of their present levels and E numbers and Bisphenol A which helps to create obesity as well as being carcinogenic, a testosterone depleter, gender bending and gay orientation inducing, needs to be banned.

This means variable taxes on foods with the highest on fast foods and controls over the Alimentarius Commission and their activities which are harmful to health.

Parents, particularly those who come from Socio-Economic groups C1, C2, D and E, who are on benefits, or low incomes need to be taught how to cook properly, grow food and be advised on vitamin supplementation, health, diet and exercise.

A heavier tax on alcohol sold in supermarkets is also needed so that through example, parents in their own person can demonstrate healthy eating and responsible drinking rather than “getting bladdered”, “larging it up” and any of the other euphemisms for drunkenness and boorish behavior which these sorts of people use.

John Gelmini

 

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47% of Britons will develop cancer in their lifetime by 2020, study shows | Society | The Guardian

Second Life: National Health Service (UK):

Second Life: National Health Service (UK): (Photo credit: rosefirerising)

This is a MUST READ article from the Guardian. Check it out!

via 47% of Britons will develop cancer in their lifetime by 2020, study shows | Society | The Guardian.

The headline is truly staggering but surely the questions to be addressed is:

How should the UK respond to the cancer time bomb?

For me one solution is addressing a question I posed in an earlier blog namely:

Should the UK’s NHS be scrapped and replaced with a new, fit-for-purpose healthcare service based on global best practice?

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