I was disappointed by David, the Cynical Dragon's latest post Food for Thought.
I have enjoyed most of his posts, but in this case he is totally wrong. Blaming the obese for being obese, ostracising them and saying that the fat bastards deserve what they get is not a way to tackle the obesity endemic that exists in Wales.
The "easy targets" for the self righteous are the fast food outfits - MacDonalds, Burger King, KFC etc, but these aren't the real peddlers of obesity. The real peddler of obesity is the slimming industry.
The slimming industry has a vested interest in enabling you to lose weight and then regain it so that you become a perpetual customer.
A simple example. If you want to lose a few pounds, stop taking sugar in your tea; within a week or so you will get use to drinking unsweetened tea. NO! Says the slimming industry, don't stop drinking unsweetened tea - don't change this damaging habit - use pretend sugar to sweeten your tea instead.
Don't stop the chocolate habit - eat slimming chocolate. Have a slimming bicky with your brake, what ever you do don't change your lifestyle!
If you take sweetener, or slimming chocs, or slimming bickies you will relapse, you will use sugar and real chocolate and old fashioned biscuits again and you will get another guilt trip and come back to us again - you will become a yo-yo diet customer of ours for life.
And what about the slimming clubs? They tend to provide exercise for seven or so months a year (and sell you the diet chocies whilst you're there), but make sure that you have five months to grow fat again so that you come back again next year. I know women (and they tend to be women) who have been members of such clubs for over twenty years - and they are still not slim!
80% of dietary and exercise advice for the overweight in the UK (it's even higher in the US) comes to us through the vested interest of the slimming industry. Of course, the slimming industry spends millions on advertising in those papers and on those channels who are most likely to promote the fat bastards deserve it line, making us feel guilt about being fat, ensuring that we sign up to the slimming industry's products.
Wales, the UK, the US will never come to terms with the problems of obesity until the slimming industry is exposed as the evil charlatan snake oil peddler that it is.