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October 23, 2007

British Nanny State Using Imaginary Obesity Crisis to Justify Totalitarianism

Climate change is only the beginning. Other imaginary crises also require massive government intervention into even the most picayune details of our personal lives. Junkfood Science quotes from the British report Foresight Tackling Obesities: Future Choices Project:

The obesity epidemic cannot be prevented by individual action alone and demands a societal approach. Tackling obesity requires far greater change than anything tried so far, and at multiple levels: personal, family, community and national. Preventing obesity is a societal challenge, similar to climate change. It requires partnership between government, science, business and civil society.

Typically of authoritarian moonbats, the hysterical dictacrats behind the report wallow in class snobbery:

Social trends indicate there may be continued polarisation of the population, into the junk-food eating, less-educated poor and functional food eating, better-informed higher classes.

In other words, the proles are too stupid to know what to eat, so we elites must impose a diet regime upon them for their own good. Evidence that the poor eat just as healthily as anyone else in Britain is ignored.

Now for the scary part — the interventions, which include:

…the state could provide tax rebates for healthy lifestyles, and provide free services on demand only for the poorest…
children's BMIs measured annually at school, results sent home in confidence to their parents, with lifestyle advice, follow-up checks and referral to more specialised services...
supermarkets, responding to government regulations similar to those on cigarettes and alcohol, arbitrate on which customers can buy high fat foods…
"healthy living agreements" between people and health providers…
Robotic or electronic devices, coupled with Internet-based, interactive medimechanics and detailed individual background data, may lead to more effective personal monitoring and management of health…
electronic "fat quota" ration cards may keep a closer eye on obese people's food purchases and ration specific items; it could even be used to identify overweight teenagers that should attend government-run summer fitness camps…

Who would have believed that the same Britain that fought off the Nazis would succumb within two generations to an Orwellian totalitarian dystopia imposed by touchy-feely bureauweenies who insist we must be enslaved to save ourselves from acquiring incorrect body mass indices?

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…so watch what you eat.

On a tip from Ian from the EUSSR.

Posted by Van Helsing at October 23, 2007 8:56 AM

Comments

Glenn ....you ain't heard nothin' yet.

How about a natl. park closure due to usage by;
To Many White,middle class , middle aged ppl?

This place is sooooooo pc you can not begin to imagine. It comes with mother's milk I think.

From paper last week, a four year old boy (as in 4 years old) was investigated for "racism" because he spit at ten yr. old black kid at school.

Don't get me started.

Posted by: BOMBSAWAY at October 26, 2007 8:37 AM