Salad Dodgers, Move Over

That’s the trouble with these salad dodgers, they are causing all sorts of catastrophe –  not least climate change –  and, yes, and –  Britain has so many of them we are becoming too heavy for the planet.

The human population is getting too fat for the planet, and Britain is responsible for 3 per cent of the excess flab despite only having 1 per cent of the world’s people, research shows.

Oh, come on… Stop giggling and try to show a modicum of decorum. Someone has spent an awful lot of our money on this cack, the least you can do is try to take it seriously –  a bit.

16 comments for “Salad Dodgers, Move Over

  1. June 18, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    And what’s more all that extra weight is in the western world. This will cause the earth to wobble and be thrown out of orbit. We’re doomed I say, doomed.

  2. June 18, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    He’s a grade A froot-loop.

    See also

    He became a paediatrician briefly but seemed awfully surprised that getting squashed in a car crash is upsetting. I’ve no idea what medical books he had been looking at; they seem quite explicit to me. He didn’t seem able to grasp that unless you want to go back to before the wheel, there are going to be some cart accidents.

    He call it ‘mass murder’ which is such insulting bollocks in legal terms that anything else he says can be safely ignored. The twonk points out that when people do things, it uses energy and sometimes bad things happen. Whaddaya know?

    His lecture is excruciating as it seems ignorant of any basic hydrocarbon chemistry. Oil is apparently energy rich. Who knew?

    Stone the crows, but is this the level of dimbulbery which you get in medical circles? Please tell me that they have to pass some proper exams before they are allowed to monkey around with people’s gibblets. I’ve heard better accounts from 8 year olds and they have the excuse of being very young.

    • June 19, 2012 at 7:10 am

      Yes, it appears this level of dimbulbery is indeed to be expected when interests narrow, and the societal deference given to doctors makes one go off the deepend and demand his views are given weight.

  3. June 18, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Just to save you the pain of listening to the half-hour lecture, he has a revelation when flying in to Madrid for a conference with the WHO, then flies back to London to read a proposal.

    But going to conferences isn’t a global business and it doesn’t count when academics do it. No joules at all.

  4. SteveW
    June 18, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    “Prof Roberts pointed out that people did not necessarily eat more than 50 years ago, but moved less because of the use of machines. “We do not move our bodies so much, but we are biologically programmed to eat,” he said.
    “The difficult thing is the whole world is getting fatter. it’s not about obesity it’s about fatness. If every country becomes as ft of the US then in mass terms it’s like having an extra billion people in the earth or feeding another half a billion.”

    So, it’s not about people eating more, but it will be like having to feed all those extra people.
    Internal inconsistency from one paragraph to the next does not speak well as to the likely veracity of the rest of this hogwash.

  5. ivan
    June 18, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Interesting that this should come out ahead of Rio, after all it is advocating eugenics.

    • June 20, 2012 at 11:11 am

      He’s pretty clear about the need to de-carbonize the economy. There are various ways to lock up stores of carbon. So we won’t be doing the crem thing this time.

  6. June 19, 2012 at 3:44 am

    I get confused by reports like these. Where do the 50% of the population that are supposedly obese live? Certainly not on my street, their children do not seem to go to local schools and nor do they shop where I do. Have the fatties (weight hate!) all been captured for re-education or are they hiding in their lairs scoffing lard?

    • June 19, 2012 at 7:12 am

      Come to sunny Southend, and see a few squeezed into bathing costumes or… *shudder*… thongs!

      Tensile strength in fabrics has come a long way, baby!

  7. June 19, 2012 at 6:47 am

    Major problem today is the nutrition or lack of it in the foodstuffs we think are fresh, along with all the additives. Fresh meat is not fresh in the supermarket – it’s bloated with water and has all sorts of E numbers shoved in. Then we come to GM food.

    But even in this, a moderate amount of exercise will keep obesity at bay, e.g. bike riding, though it won’t compensate for poisoning by e-number.

    And there’s a big difference between mindlessly pursuing some new -ism and simple logic – exercise burns calories, much exercise burns many calories. It also allows a greater range of foods to be consumed, e.g. bacon butties and to get away with it for longer.

    And there’s a big difference between this and legislating to stop people killing themselves. Though the obese are treated on the NHS, causing the taxpayer to suffer, still that’s a long way from legislating over which foods we can eat.

    Around where I live, there are certainly many with excess adipose tissue – you see it in the arms, necks and thunder-thighs. Fine, that’s their thing. But there are many others who are emaciated in a poorer area. It’s not that they’re not eating – they’re eating crap.

    Example – there’s a ready meal at our little shop, for £1.49. Serves one. It has a few tinned peas and carrots, about two thirds of a potato diced and fried, two thirds of the container is gravy and there are four wafer thin slices of rounded beef in the middle of the gravy.

    That’s not nutrition but it’s all people can afford, as buying two miniscule fillets of fish, for example, is £2.50. A Yankee burger in a pack is £2.40. That’s water bloated gristle and fat, with some meat. As many have said, it’s not the fat itself which is the problem. Actually, it’s the lack of protein in those meals which is the issue, aside from the lack of other goodies.

    Iceland southern fried chicken gives you about ten sticks for £1.50. Looks good until you scrape off the gunge and are left with a piece of chicken about a quarter of an inch thick, about three inches long and about half an inch wide. That would provide the meat for a meal [remembering it’s water bloated and will cook down to nothing] but then you’d have to add veg. Total cost still around £3.00.

    And the issue with Jamie Oliver is not the substance of his meals but his manner and rectitude, plus the State’s willingness to bludgeon anyone not leaping onto their latest fad.

    • June 19, 2012 at 7:15 am

      The problem is with people’s cooking skills ( and ignorance ) not with the price of food. It’s not true to say junk food is cheaper – wholesome, nutritious meals can be produced for a fraction of their cost (fish is £2:50? Buy when on offer and freeze, or buy other varieties than cod), but it takes effort.

      It’s that effort people don’t want to expend.

      • June 19, 2012 at 8:26 am

        Quite right. My stint in Sainsbury’s showed me all sorts of stuff I would normally have walked right past. Ready meals are not cheap when compared with basic ingredients. Why pay for pasta sauce when you can make your own? Why buy a ready made shepherd’s pie when you can rattle one up for a fraction of the price and freeze several portions for later? None of these things require a great deal of time or effort.

  8. Greg Tingey
    June 19, 2012 at 8:26 am

    As far as veg is concerned – get an allotment GROW YOUR OWN.
    The flavour-change is incredible.
    { Dug up the first two buls of this year’s Garlic yesterday! Yum. )

    • June 19, 2012 at 8:28 am

      Indeed. Now that I have returned from France where I had a big garden, an allotment is on my list of things to do. In the meantime, I’m turning one of our patches of lawn over to fruit bushes. I have a taste for summer fruits and Mrs L makes a delicious summer pudding.

  9. June 19, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Frankly, when these people are so far beyond the great white as this one is, taking the piss is all that is left. No one could possibly take this cretin seriously. Although, doubtless there are those – the faithful – who will.

  10. June 19, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Link goes to a Louise Gray article. ‘Nuff said. 😉

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