Lardbutts and the NHS
There is one simple cause of obesity: gluttony. And let's have an end to the politically correct nonsense that says otherwise
The medical chatterrati are a tad confused about -- I'm going to say it -- fatties.
We have doctors saying that the current plague of obesity should not be regarded as a sickness but as an aberration. NICE (The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) is saying that doctors should not make a big issue out of it for fear of damaging the patient’s ‘self-esteem’ (if they had any, they wouldn’t be obese).
The Chief Medical Officer says that today’s generation will have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. There is an opinion that goes further; that this will be the first generation to be outlived by its parents.
The real cause is a simple one: gluttony. People get overweight because they eat too much. If you stuff in more energy that the body uses, the body piles it on.
There is no such thing as ‘junk food’; there is only food. But the body needs more than burger and chips. If your diet is largely carbs you will continue to feel hungry because your body is looking for other stuff, such as fruit and veg. Another feed of revoltingly slimy, carb-rich KFC and on goes both the weight and the vicious circle.
We are told that the cost to the NHS is in the region of £500 million a year. Ambulances must be strengthened; stretchers and operating tables have to take a weight of 55 stone – yes, one-third of a ton. There was a recent case in which the Fire Brigade had to cut through two walls to extricate someone who was 63 stone.
Never mind the nurses who have to lift and turn. And it is common to see young people heading for a hip replacement in their early 30s. Is anything to be done?
Probably not, in the short term.
The answer lies not in medicine but in social attitudes. Extreme obesity needs to be seen as socially unacceptable, much like smoking. Fatties should be given a diet sheet, not medication, as if gluttony can be countered with a pill. Parents of obese small children, a frequent sight, should come under the scrutiny of Social Services.
But, in the long term, the problem will be solved by premature death.
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