Saturday, January 03, 2009

It's A New Year, But The Same Old Nanny State

Her Majesties subjects can look forward to many things in the future. Constant surveillance, national ID's, even tagging the elderly. One thing they certainly didn't count on, (but should have, given the proclivities of their government) was the outlawing of foods that some statist nanny thinks they shouldn't eat.
High-fat pies, pizzas and ready-meals could be banned from shops if a major anti-obesity campaign fails to stop people getting fatter.

Health Minister Ben Bradshaw warned obesity is rising so fast that it could threaten the lives of nine out of 10 children by middle age.

Launching a £275million drive to create healthier lifestyles yesterday, he said the situation is so critical outlawing unhealthy food could be the next drastic step.

He said: “If this three-year campaign does not succeed, we don’t rule out regulating in future.”

He added at current trends obesity would cost the nation £50 billion by 2050 – half the current annual NHS budget – from more heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

And Tam Fry of the National Obesity Forum said putting legal limits on the amount of fat, salt and sugar in food was the only answer.

He said: “We have a food industry which is unregulated, which is putting too much fat, too much salt, too much sugar in.

“Unless you get the food to the right quality you are going to have a continuation of the problem.” The main target would be foods that currently have a red warning disc such as pork pies, Cornish pasties, cheesecake, doughnuts and pizzas.

The laws would give the makers strict limits on how much fat, salt and sugar they could include – or even ban them from the shelves.
They even use the same arguments there that nanny's here in the U.S. do. They speak of the costs to their state sponsored medical system. That's the same speech the anti's use here. We can certainly expect the same treatment here once the coming regime enacts socialised medical "care".

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