Lansley’s flawed strategy has all the ingredients for failure.
“Worthless, Regurgitated, Patronising Rubbish” not our words but those of TV chef ‘Jamie Oliver‘ in response to an announcement by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley that consumers need to be ‘more honest’ about what they eat and drink.This is just part of the governments latest strategy to combat the rise in obesity in the UK where presently 60% of adults and almost 25% of children are obese or over-weight.
As part of the strategy, Mr Lansley said the government was looking for rates to start falling by 2020.
Not that there is anything new here as this echoes earlier calls from Lord McColl: (click link below)
Further to this Professor Sally Davies, the chief medical officer said. “It is about what we eat, how we cook it and about portion size.” She said one of the problems was that people were not even honest with themselves about their diets, never mind health professionals.
Brilliant! so not only are the good people of the UK slothful and greedy, they are liars too. Well quite frankly if that’s the case then don’t you think they deserve to be in dire straits they find themselves? You’d quite rightly be inclined to think so, as do the present and previous government alike.
However as you well know they’re not. They’re tired and ‘fed up’ (literally) with their situation, almost all don’t really have a clue what to do. Why? Because of the misinformation and quite frankly twaddle that is continuously spoon fed them by governmental departments.
Charlie Powell of the Children’s Food Campaign is not happy either: ‘This is a deeply disappointing and utterly inadequate response which represents a squandered opportunity to address the UK’s obesity crisis.
‘It is nothing less than an abdication of the Government’s responsibility to protect public health.’
So where does that leave us? The now infamous ‘Eat less and exercise more’ advice is fundamentally over simplified and down right dangerous to most struggling to manage their weight. It just doesn’t add up, because unless you fundamentally change the foods you eat, exercising more will result in weight gain. Hence our present situation.
Does your car travel further on less fuel? Not unless you change the type of fuel, you make it more efficient. Different fuels suit different vehicles and although you can run a diesel on chip shop oil, people don’t do too well on it. We are biological creatures that have evolved to run on the nutrients available in the plants and animals around us. Each and every creature including us have evolved with a naturally available food source that they thrive on.
Feed them anything else and they may or may not survive, but one thing is clear, they will not thrive. There are many examples of animals in our industrial food chain becoming sick due to improper feeds. They are fed these to boost production to keep up with increasing demand, increase efficiency and therefore profit.
The problem is that due to the global demand for food, governments are increasingly looking for manufactured solutions, this may well be our demise. People will only thrive on a natural foods source.
Sadly science does not yet have all the answers…
- Eat 100 less calories per day, Andrew Lansley tells Brits (thesun.co.uk)
- Green light to eat a little more – if you are thin (telegraph.co.uk)
- Health secretary: ‘we must reverse obesity crisis’ (telegraph.co.uk)
- Cutting calories will cost UK economy £611 billion per year* (theredrocket.co.uk)
- Jamies Oliver’s TED prize talk (paleoworks.wordpress.com)
- ‘Eat less’, says obesity strategy (bbc.co.uk)
- Jamie Oliver: children are too fat and will die young (mirror.co.uk)
- UK says Britons need to cut 5 billion calories (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
Posted on October 18, 2011, in The Paleo Experience and tagged Andrew Lansley, Caveman Diet, Charlie Powell, Conventional Wisdom, Government, Jamie Oliver, Obesity, Paleo, PaleoWorks, Real Foods, Sally Davies, Secretary of State for Health. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.