Clever one, this. A tax on sugary drinks to stop kids getting fat.
Meanwhile 240,000 tonnes of antibiotics – specially tried and tested for the way they fatten up animals – is getting through unmonitored and unchecked in every meal kids eat. In their meat, in their vegetables, in their milk, in their baby feed.
And that’s on top of the antibiotics most modern kids get in their early years – overkill medicines for childhood illnesses, also proven to boost infant obesity. Give them antibiotics by two and they’ll be fat by four.
Up a bit lower
Looks like our government obesity strategy really knows what it’s doing with a sugar tax. A tax on the one substance which – surprise, surprise – the human body cannot do without.
Mind you, confusion is understandable. First we’re supposed to eat this, then we’re told it’s bad for us. We have to avoid eating that, and then suddenly it’s good for us.
Truth is, with diets and food types – nobody really knows what they’re talking about.
Here’s Jamie Oliver, rabbiting on that sugar is the bad guy – when along comes Glasgow University with a report that FAT, not sugar, is where our health campaigns are misguided – the real villain of the piece.
And right on top of that, we’re told to eat fat to get thin – no less an outfit than the National Obesity Forum telling us that low-fat diets trigger disastrous consequences.
Who to believe?
The only sense in recent months seems to come from Lord McColl, who pointed out in a speech to the House of Lords recently that “it is impossible to be obese unless one is eating too many calories.”
So guess what? In Lord McColl’s opinion, low-fat diets and exercise don’t mean a dickey-bird for losing weight. And as emeritus professor of surgery at Guys Hospital, he probably has a better perspective than most.
So why are we eating too many calories, especially our kids?
Because the one nasty fact that everyone chooses to ignore is that just about every single food source available through our supermarkets is laced through with antibiotics.
Yeah, antibiotics. Officially for health reasons – to keep those mega-size industrial factory farms running smooth with intensive livestock herds, crowded into massive production units.
In reality as the big money-maker growth booster for agriculture worldwide – shovelled in with every feed and absorbed by every plant crop from antibiotics-laden manure.
Fact: antibiotics make animals fat.
So fact: antibiotics make us fat too.
Make us WANT more food, make us EXTRACT more nutrients when we get it. Turning us into super-efficient eating machines.
Nothing to do with sugar, that’s for sure.
But is anyone looking at taxing antibiotics production?
Are they, hell.
Because would you believe, our top health honchos want drug companies to be paid an INCENTIVE for developing new antibiotics. Because again – surprise, surprise – overuse in agriculture (240,000 tonnes, remember) is causing bacteria to develop resistance, so the drugs don’t work any more.
Where’s the antibiotics REPLACEMENT?
What is it, denial?
Antibiotics are a busted flush, yet medicine still chases after them. We don’t need new ones, we need new thinking completely.
And sugar tax?
Nothing about the elephant in the room. Our kids are getting fat, so tax Coca-Cola. They’re big, they can afford it.
Will somebody please wake up before we’re all ten ton porkers?
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Originally posted 2016-07-19 14:41:22.