It is heartening to see that the government is looking seriously to address the issue of obesity by implementing a ‘traffic-light’ system for food.
It may be too simplistic (according to the critics) and our eyes might eventually glaze over (like health warnings on cigarette packs) but it’s a start in the right direction.
From anecdotal experience there are lots of stupid people out there who neither care or are aware of the harm they are doing by eating what they eat.
Then I had a bizarre thought – but I couldn’t help myself.
Just as bartenders aren’t allowed to serve alcohol to drunk patrons should there be a law preventing fast food outlets selling fast food to fat people?
These facts were printed on the Stuff website today:
- Obesity rates have doubled in the 15 years to 2003
- One in three children aged five to 14 is overweight or obese
- 500,000 adults are obese
- Obesity is linked to heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes
- The Government has allocated $76 million over four years to fight obesity
- Obesity cost the health system at least $247m in 2000-2001
- Type 2 diabetes cost taxpayers an estimated $540m last year and is predicted to rise to $1.78 billion by 2021 if the problem is unchecked.
Hey, if you’ve got time go to www.threadless.com and vote on Ramiro’s design. Or, click on the image in this post.
Ramiro is a designer at work and he just had his birthday yesterday. If he wins I’ll look good and he’ll be real happy, plus maybe I’ll get some of his $2,500 US dollar bills.
The riots in Dunedin brought to mind the ‘troubles’ in Befast in the 1980′s except there were no rubber bullets fired by the police. Perhaps there should have been.
I now hear on the news on my way home tonight that some students could spend up to 2 years behind bars for their involvement in the debacle last weekend. Fair enough too. (Researching convictions and sentencing for riot show rates for both were almost non existent between 1991 and 1996)
In my days as a student ‘riotous’ behaviour constituted getting as drunk as a skunk and vomiting in public while your mates cheered and ran around you naked (whoops – there’s that nudity word again).
In my days
- there was never damage to property that couldn’t be hosed down;
- there was never the potential for loss of life other than alcohol poisoning;
- there was never a complete disrespect for police and firemen except good natured bantering and heckling.
It’s no wonder then that given the ‘innocence’ of our riotous behaviour that in the event any of us ended up in court we always offered the “I’m doing a law degree” defence and were summarily discharged without conviction.The students in Dunedin last weekend went many steps too far in the wrong direction.
Teach them a lesson. Book ‘em.
Well, shows how far out of the loop I am – they actually have a name for the Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake 2004 Superbowl breast exposure – Nipplegate!
And what’s more, Americans – who are easily shocked – rate this incident as the biggest celebrity scandals in the past 25 years.
Grow up, get a life, worry about something more important!
This is my last post on breasts for the foreseeable future. I’m soooo bored with nudity.
This afternoon when I had 0.34 secs in between other more important tasks I read on Stuff about Beyoncé baring her breasts (by mistake) in a Canadian concert.
Within the space of a couple of hours (probably) over 2 million people had viewed the footage (frottage) on You-Tube. I’m ashamed to admit that I was number 2,000,001 – and I wish I hadn’t.
Firstly, it’s not nice to objectify women in this way…after all we all love Beyoncé for her rousing good lyrics and the important messages she weaves through her songs, not for her body.
But secondly, and more importantly, there was nothing to see! What a beat-up!
See for yourself here: Beyoncé bares all.
I watched Hone Harawira describing John Key as a “smiling little snake” on Sunday tonight.
Hone accused him of having exactly the same policies as Don Brash when he was leader of the National Party. Of course whoever wins the next election is going to need the Maori Party to govern, unless Mr Key believes he’ll have enough votes to rule outright.
The negotiations will be fun to watch.