Obesity Boris Bikes

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Date: 28th July 2020


Do forgive me if I am not exactly impressed with Boris Johnson’s obsession with bikes. I think the Mac Cartoon summed it up (mentioned by John Humphrys on Classic FM this morning) - a little boy asking his Mother ‘Mum, if I put on 3 stone will the doctor prescribe me a bike!’

A Clinically Obese person would be totally incapable of riding a bike even one with the enhanced E-power.

We’ve known about the growing Obesity problem for several decades but Fast Food outlets have multiplied like rabbits as has the amount of Junk food so ardently pushed on the Adverts. (My cynical take on that is that the Food Lobby is far too powerful)

Frankly I feel that Boris and the Government would be far better putting the money they are going to spend on this new initiative into Re-educating the public by bringing back Domestic science in schools so that everyone learns the basics of cooking - not to be a Cordon Bleu chef or to appear on Celebrity Masterchef, but to be able to rustle up a healthy dinner for four for the same price as one Pizza eg. A small chicken costs around £3, 3ks of potatoes another £2 and then vegetables another £2 - and it doesn’t take much effort to cook and make a tasty meal. There’s nothing wrong with a Pizza - I like one from time to time - but a diet of Pizzas and junk food is totally unhealthy.

Secondly, surely the money would also be better spent in giving subsidies to the Farmers who supply Good Food - grown organically and raised humanely.

Obesity has been a Taboo subject for a very long time.

When I was a young reporter working for the BBC in the West Country, I was sent to interview a Doctor who’s patch was the village of Lacock in Wiltshire. The story was that he’d taken several Cwt. in weight off the villagers by a strict and healthy Food regime. In those days I truly believed that Fatness (not sure we had Obesity in the 1970’s) was an illness and felt very sorry for people and said as much to the doctor. I’ll never forget his reply - ‘Young lady, with few exceptions, fatness is because people have ever open mouths’.

There was also a lovely story of the Farmer’s wife who came in to be weighed every week and simply did not lose an ounce even though she swore she was keeping to the fitness regime. Eventually the exasperated Doctor said ‘Are you sure you aren’t eating anything extra?’ To which the chubby little lady said in a broad Wiltshire accent ‘Oh yes Doctor, I forgot to mention the pound of honey a day’. I’ll never be sure if this was the truth but it was very amusing.

I had an obese friend who swore she ate very little - she didn’t eat much of good food, but was continually snacking on cakes and biscuits.

JOGGER PANTS have a lot to answer for. Because of the elasticised waist which expands as you do, many are unaware of how much weight they are gaining.

People often say to me ‘It’s okay for you, you are naturally slim’. Well in my early 20’s whilst on tour with a group of Shakespearean actors covering the whole of New South Wales, and with endless hours to while away in between our performances at schools and village halls, we would frequent cafes and load up on milky coffee and cakes. Returning from that tour, I’d put on nearly 2 stones in weight. I was supposed to audition for a Producer in Sydney (and I can still remember his name!) For a part in the play ‘Recruiting Officer’. He took one look at me and said in his gorgeous French accent ‘You ‘ave put on weight’ - that was that - out of his office and no Audition. It took me several years to lose the weight and, apart from having my son, I’ve remained around 8 stones for the last 4 decades.

My only secret is getting on to the Bathroom scales every morning and if I’ve put on a pound or two - perhaps that extra glass of wine or a social engagement - I then have salads etc. until I lose the weight. It is so easy to pile on the pounds and so very much more difficult to get them off. And I’ve followed a healthy eating regime all my life - not expensive foods but lots of vegetables and fruit, very little meat, and trying to avoid temptation in the form of cakes, puddings and chocolate. What is interesting is that you can develop and school your taste buds. I did not like Spinach but is is very good for me - especially as I have AMD - but I trained myself to like it. I don’t like oily fish but again those are the ones full of Omega 3 so I ensure I have Mackerel (very inexpensive) at least one a week.

The Stomach is a Balloon - the more you fill it the more it wants. That’s why people go for Gastric Bands.

Feel so sorry for the children of obese parents because they stand little chance of growing up healthy. We used to think of the Americans as the Obesity champions. Sadly we aren’t far behind them and are definitely the most obese in Europe.

Just had to get this off my chest.  

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