I see the usuall narrow minded views have appeared....there is ALWAYS an alternate perspective and deviations from the rule
I'll take this post as an example but it is representative of the thread and not to pick on Al.
Originally Posted by ACAPULCO AL
For every 1 person who is obese for medical reasons I will show you 20who are obese because they don't have the willpower to lay off the chips & fizzy drinks and do a bit of exercise. British culture is becoming too American in terms of allowing obesity to become acceptable and excusable.
Presume you can back up those figures? Anyway, people have the right to eat what they like...or not, simple really.
I have the willpower to not eat loads of fatty food all day and do a bit of exercise, so why should my taxes subsidise the increased cost to the NHS of obesity?
Lots of people do other activities that knowingly may cause injury, are we to speak the same of them? What this is effectively suggesting is that we all pay for heatlh insurance...which is another discussion.
Too many people seek to blame others and find spurious excuses for their own shortcomings (another unwelcome American import) when they need to get off their backsides and sort themselves out.
It's not all about willpower either, there are lots of emotional/psychological/physical/genetic reasons why people may overeat.
As for Alfasud ti's retort to Mike Russ about his views on Jews/Muslims etc I must say that's a nonsensical point. Discriminating against obese people has nothing whatsoever to do with discriminating on grounds of race.
Whichever way you choose to wrap it up you are still discriminating against people because of a preconceived idea of who they are....the subject matter is irrelevant, discrimination is wrong! We are used to subjects such as gender, religion and ethnicity being talked about under this banner but it affects us in a much wider way.
I think it is absolutely RIGHT to discriminate against obese people, it's about time it became socially unacceptable to be vastly overweight again, just like it was a generation ago.
So who else is on your hit list..no, I'll get more personal, this is an appalling response and one you should think about. For a start there will be many people on this form who are overweight and may find your comments hurtful, how do you plan to discriminate against them?
NB. I am not referring to people who are a couple of stone overweight, I am talking about major league fat people
Obesity comes in many different forms, it's not just about people you may think look overweight...are you going to decide who should and shouldn't be discriminated against?
Using negative methods to promote healthy eating is not going to work, educating and supporting people is the way to go. I would hope that if I had an illness (of whatever type) there would be people there to help and understand, not condemn.
Whilst I agree being overweight may have health consequences, there are many activities that have similar or greater impact upon a body but are deemed socially acceptable...strangely, all in the name of exercise!