Tuesday, October 20, 2015

How to build an exercise in futility

Stuff reports:

The Government has announced a wide-ranging package to tackle childhood obesity, which is set to overtake tobacco next year as the leading preventable health risk. 
A total of 22 separate initiative announced by Health Minister Jonathan Coleman include referring more overweight children for dieting and exercise interventions from the age of 4.

The Minister responsible, Jonathan Coleman, says "The target that we've selected was carefully consulted with experts," and "This target is totally valid from a scientific point of view and it had expert input into its development."

Thing is, it's advice from "experts" that's created an obesity epidemic in the first place.  Now we're going to try and fight the epidemic using advice from the same "experts."  This is like asking your witch-doctor to use his expertise to cure you of superstition.  I confidently predict enormous sums of taxpayer cash flung at the 22 "initiatives" to no discernible effect.

And don't bother looking to the Opposition to embarrass the government out of blowing our cash on this.  Labour are, if anything, even worse in this area.  Its leader, Andrew Little's contribution to the linked article was:

"One of the first things the National Government did was scrap Labour's successful Healthy Eating-Healthy Action programme and the guidelines around junk food in school..."

Yes they did Andrew, because it was a silly policy from the same "experts" who brought us the obesity epidemic.  This means Labour's even more beholden to idiocy on this subject than National is.


Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Milt, I'm inclined to agree with you but I'd like to see the detail.

Who knows? It might be an eminently sensible education programme aimed at getting the lazy fat little shits away from their

ipads and into some excecise.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

And here is the detail. Looks pretty sane to me. In short, 'piss off, activists."

"The Government aims to have nearly all obese children referred to a doctor by the end of 2017.

The target is central to a new plan to reduce childhood obesity, announced today by Health Minister Jonathan Coleman.

Alongside it are public information and physical activity programmes, but there are no plans to put a tax on fatty foods.

The Government isn’t going to try to regulate the amount of sugar in food and Dr Coleman says evidence that taxing fizzy drinks reduces obesity is inconclusive. "

Anonymous said...

Love it - let's tell fat kids they are fat. Cos it's not like they don't know that already, having been reliably informed by their peers with comments and names like Fatty Boombuster. Oh wait, that's bullying. And now the powers that be are going to do it. But isn't here some sort of anti-bullying legislation? Will Dept A prosecute Dept B? At least it will get them off the kids' backs.