Sunday, July 18, 2010

Deadly diet

The Sydney Morning Herald, in a story titled Food killing more of us than tobacco, reports on Australians supposedly eating themselves to death (my emphasis):

Obesity is set to overtake smoking as the leading cause of premature death and illness in Australia, and experts are calling on government authorities to take the same tough stand on the weight crisis as it did on tobacco.

After years of sharp decline, deaths from cardiovascular disease have increased, health advocates saying excess weight might be to blame.

Yeah, the government should, on a hunch, levy a punitive tax on fatty, sugary and salty foods, prohibit advertising, launch an advertising campaign, and so on. Then again, the government could mind its own business, allowing people to make their own food choices.

By the way, it seems that the marginally overweight live longer than those who are of normal weight or underweight.



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