Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Act Now, Think Later

As much as I complain about living in a city as poorly managed as London, I am thankful it's located in Ontario, rather than England. While Ontario is hardly free of laws designed to protect us from ourselves, the craze to manage other people's habits has yet to reach the hysterical levels it has in Britain, but then I recall that people in Britain are at least permitted to purchase private health care. But then again, "caring" self-proclaimed community leaders are never content to mind their own business within anyone's borders.
The chairman of the International Obesity Taskforce wants world leaders to agree a global pact to ensure that everyone is fed healthy food.

Professor Philip James said the challenge of obesity was so great that action was needed now, even without clear evidence of the best options.

[..] Professor James, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK, was speaking in Boston at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

He commented: "This is a community epidemic that is actually a response to all the wonderful apparent industrial and economic development changes that we've seen, with a collapse in the need for physical activity, and now a targeting of children to make profits by big industry in food and drink.

"We have to change that, and it will not come unless we have a coherent government-led strategy. The issue is: have we got the political will?"
The answer is to nationalize everything. Farms, grocery stores, restaurants, bars, workplaces, transit - Everything and Everybody! Individuals allowed to make their own decisions have caused climate change and starvation in third world nations.
Another expert, Professor Rena Wing, presented research at the AAAS in Boston suggesting that large-scale changes in diet and exercise were needed to prevent obesity.

"The obesity epidemic won't go away simply because people switch to skimmed milk from whole milk," she said.

"They need to substantially cut their calories and boost their physical activity to get to a healthy weight - and keep minding the scale once they do."
Thanks for that tip Ms. Expert. Now, what's your plan to ensure people comply with your vision of common sense?

cp: Dust My Broom