Monday, September 4, 2006

Denying the sick care because they contribute to global warming

Or perhaps that should read, Denying care to the sick in the fight against global warming and universal shortages.

According to the chairman of the International Congress on Obesity, the current health care shortage in the world is soon to reach epidemic proportions and it's the fault of fat people. What about the evil smokers?

Obesity's global march is "an international scourge" with potential consequences as severe as the threats of global warming and bird flu, said Paul Zimmet, chairman of the International Congress on Obesity, in his opening address to the conference of more than 2,000 health experts gathered in Sydney on Sunday, according to accounts.

There are now more overweight than undernourished people in the world, he said.

Zimmet, an Australian diabetes expert who is a professor at Monash University, tagged the international crisis "globesity."

Among the repercussions of the obesity pandemic among adults and children are skyrocketing rates of chronic ailments such as diabetes and heart disease, and, ultimately, shorter life spans. The current generation of children could be the first in history to die before their parents because of health problems related to weight, said Kate Steinbeck, an expert in children's health at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney.

The economic burden associated with treating health problems connected to obesity -- immeasurable on a global scale -- threatens to overwhelm national medical systems, Philip James, chairman of a global task force, reportedly warned.

More than 1 billion adults around the world are overweight and 300 million are obese, says the World Health Organization. In contrast, the number of people who are undernourished is estimated at 800 million.
Such a shame that more people aren't living off berries and granola and shitting in the woods. Not unlike their greenie counterparts who lament the fact that people have longer life spans than ever before and so advocate death and famine, the global task force seems concerned that fewer people are starving and are calling for more government intervention.
Delegates at the conference acknowledged that attempts to persuade individuals to change their diet and exercise habits have failed. Some called for governments to intercede by banning junk food ads that target children, but they acknowledged the political difficulties in pursuing such approaches.

Health officials are calling on governments to require more parks, bike paths and sidewalks in new housing development plans.

"We know this is not about gluttony -- it is the interaction of heredity and environment," Zimmet said. "We know that small changes can make a big difference in people's weight and health."
It's less about the gluttony of fat people than the gluttony of health officials and ministers that feed from the public teat claiming to understand what is in your best interests better than you do. The "small changes" advocated by such leeches cost people huge in terms of individual liberties and income. As the people work longer hours for less, governments worldwide continue to implement rationing and spend money on public awareness campaigns that could have been spent by the robbed on their own maintenance.
The pretensions of organisers suggest another question, which I have often asked them, and to which I am not aware that I ever received an answer: - Since the natural tendencies of mankind are so bad that it is not safe to allow them liberty, how comes it to pass that the tendencies of organisers are always good? Do not the legislators and their agents form a part of the human race? Do they consider that they are composed of different materials from the rest of mankind? They say that society, when left to itself, rushes to inevitable destruction, because its instincts are perverse. They have, therefore, received from heaven, intelligence and virtues which place them beyond and above mankind: let them show their title to this superiority. They would be our shepherds, and we are to be their flock. This arrangement presupposes in them a natural superiority, the right to which we are fully justified in calling upon them to prove.

Frederic Bastiat - The Law

1 Comment:

Pietr said...

What about those South African aids victims who asked for political asylum in Toronto?