Daily Archives: October 5, 2011

Fat Cat Cameron’s Battle of the Bulge Blunder

David-CameronAs fall out from the shocking news the Danish Parliament are to introduce the worlds first ‘Fat Tax’ it look’s as though the British government is set to follow suit.

The Prime Minister has revealed he is considering Denmark‘s lead, which as reported in Monday’s  post ‘Fat Tax‘ has imposed a surcharge on foods with more than 2.3 per cent saturated fat.

Although no details have been worked out, the levy would target products such as milk, cheese, pizza, meat, oil and processed food.

Mr Cameron said drastic action was needed because by 2050 more than half of the population is predicted to be obese – so fat their health is in danger.

Mr Cameron told Channel 5 News:  ‘A fat tax is something that we should look at’.

The problem in the past when people have looked at using the tax system in this way is the impact it can have on people on low incomes.

‘But frankly, do we have a problem with the growing level of obesity? Yes.

‘Do we have a kind of warning in terms of, look at America how bad things have got there, about what happens if we don’t do anything? Yes, that should be a wake-up call.

Tam-FryTam Fry of the National Obesity Forum has also been at it.

In his response to the news from the government he is reported as saying:

‘We will obviously have to wait to see the small print of the tax he is considering but he has made a move in the right direction.’

In addition Professor Terence Stephenson, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said:

‘We welcome David Cameron’s comments to consider taking drastic action against a child epidemic problem that is growing year on year.

The news was also warmly welcomed by the General Medical Council who regulate doctors.

Read More of the Daily Mail report: Here

So there you have from the very top to the poor old GP in his surgery a catalogue of ignorance, misinformation and perhaps a pinch of arrogance continue to surround all things to do with the current obesity crisis.

The travesty is that many doctors know the root cause of obesity not to be the conventional wisdom as widely reported by the government and in the media.

The plain fact of the matter is that if the root cause, the foundations on which you base your policy and actions on, are shown to be flawed, then the likelihood is that there is also significant error in the corresponding corrective actions.

It is long overdue that policies and actions themselves should be subjected to comprehensive impartial investigation. Though every time there is such a study it has come up with the same conclusion.

In 2004 the House of Commons Select Committee Third Report, concluded that the root cause of obesity was as a result of Gluttony and Sloth. This was again reinforced in 2007 by The Foresight Report.

Evidently there is something seriously wrong with this process, this rollercoaster of misinformation has well and truly come off the rails and it’s society that’s paying the price.

It is now clear that resolution to this matter is not going to come from the top and so therefore it is left to organisations such as us to lead the way providing education and support to help those in need.

We do however agree with certain aspects of the proposed new tax related to concentrated carbohydrates and sugar. However to discourage the consumption of saturated fat via taxation is totally wrong.

Saturated Fat does not cause obesity, sugar does!

Also just as no child should be punished for doing wrong if he/she does not understand, equally no individual should be blamed or ‘Taxed’ for choosing cheaper processed foods when they are unaware of the implications of consuming these foods.

Mike – PaleoWorks

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