Booze, Bacon and Obesity Linked to Stomach Cancer – NBC News

Map of Obesity in Adult Females (% of adult po...

Map of Obesity in Adult Females (% of adult population with BMI 30+) per country. Using data updated until December 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Obesity map 2006

Obesity map 2006 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a must-read report from NBC. It cites a new report looking at what causes stomach cancer found three new somewhat surprising links: alcohol, processed meat and obesity.

Source: Booze, Bacon and Obesity Linked to Stomach Cancer – NBC News

Excess  alcohol, process meat and obesity are all unnatural, so it’s surely not so surprising that these are linked to stomach cancer.

If people abuse themselves with excess and the burden falls on the wider society, like in the UK’s example the NHS, it is the responsibility of governments to intervene.

Let me ask an open question:

How should responsible governments intervene to reduce consumption of alcohol, processed meat and increasing obesity?

Thoughts?

Centre planning sugar tax to fight obesity, diabetes – Times of India

The Times of India, junk food and sugar-sweetened beverages will soon be taxed higher and subjected to tougher advertising norms. The Indian government plans these measures to control the growing incidence of diabetes in the country.

Source: Centre planning sugar tax to fight obesity, diabetes – Times of India

When I spent six weeks in India in 2014, I was amazed at the obesity and prominence of junk food. What really shocked me was that the Indian middle classes often associated more junk food with prosperity. There is, of course, a similar crisis in China which I have witnessed first hand too.

The thing about junk food that is often missed is that it’s seriously addictive, promoted by ruthless Western companies target marketing young people and promoting peer pressure.

It’s interesting that the UK has introduced a sugar tax but unfortunately has so far not attacked junk-food. The food industry has a powerful lobby but it’s time for governments to slash healthcare costs by targeting the junk-food companies?

Just like banks and oil companies have special levies, I feel that there’s now a need for penal levies on junk-food companies?

Thoughts?