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This nanny government

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AnnCardiff

AnnCardiff Report 18 Feb 2013 14:12

Now it's fizzy drinks that are being targeted - why don't they have a go at alcohol?
Because it brings too much tax in for them, yet it causes more problems that any other consumer product

OneFootInTheGrave

OneFootInTheGrave Report 18 Feb 2013 14:22

I heard they were going to introduce a toilet tax and collect it by putting smart meters on everyone's bathroom doors :-D

Merlin

Merlin Report 18 Feb 2013 14:23

Good Lord Ann. that means that your Parchant for Champers is going to be hit :-D never mind,Change to Vodka :-D Thats not Fizzy. :-D :-D :-D :-D Hic Burp.

Bobtanian

Bobtanian Report 18 Feb 2013 15:12

It is because there is far too much sugars and the like in fizzy/pop drinks that is causing obesity.............Allegedly



and it is DOCTORS advocating this tax........

Bobtanian

Bobtanian Report 18 Feb 2013 15:14

apart from the consumption of too many maccy burgers....

wisechild

wisechild Report 18 Feb 2013 15:33

Whatever happened to restraint.
There´s nothing wrong with any food in moderation.
I love chocolate, cream cakes & chips, but don´t eat them every day, nor even every week. They are a treat for when I deserve a chill out moment & much more appreciated than if I stuffed my face every day.

InspectorGreenPen

InspectorGreenPen Report 18 Feb 2013 15:34

It isn't actually the government, it is a group of doctors who are suggesting it.

Surely it is the manufacturers they should be lobbying to reduce the content of sugar and salt. Even so called low fat healthy foods have far too much, sugar in particular.

Oh and looking at the fatties on the news this morning, isn't the fact that they probably eat far too much than they need to a factor too?

We had a very overweight girl at work who claimed she eat healthy food and couldn't understand why she couldn't loose weight. What she conveniently forget to mention that she by the time everyone else was on their first snack break of the day at 11am, she was on her sixth....!

♥†۩ Carol   Paine ۩†♥

♥†۩ Carol Paine ۩†♥ Report 18 Feb 2013 15:59

I take it you have never had to struggle with losing weight IGP? Did anyone suggest she went to her GP & got her thyroid checked?

Perhaps they could help by finding a safe sweetener to put into carbonated drinks.

JoyBoroAngel

JoyBoroAngel Report 18 Feb 2013 16:13

when i go out which isnt often
i pay between £1.60 and £2 50 for a glass of diet coke

isnt that taxing enough :-(

its cheeper to drink alchohol :-(

Elizabeth2469049

Elizabeth2469049 Report 18 Feb 2013 16:17

I buy some fizzy drinks and some sparkling water - but always the ones called "diet" and/or "no sugar added" - and I do read the small print for the carb. etc. statistics (am diabetic) - but I do wonder sometimes about the effect of some of the other chemical names there

Vintagefinemaid

Vintagefinemaid Report 18 Feb 2013 16:31

I understood they has been attempting to tackle the alcohol issue
Last year the government was proposing a minimum price of 40p per unit of alcohol in England and Wales in an effort to "turn the tide" against binge drinking.
Not sure if it ever came into being though

Kay????

Kay???? Report 18 Feb 2013 16:41


I do laugh,,,,,,


NO Added Sugar,,,,,,,,,to what,,,,,the sweetners thats already in the drinks,

NO Added Salt,,,,,,,no more added than 2 spoons thats aleady in there.

5% less fat,,,,5% less than what?......100% 200%.

If someone knows their intake of Fizzy drinks is high,,,,,common sense should say,,,,,,cut back,,,,,,,children are harder to control,,,,,,MaccyD comes with a fizzy drink-------KFc comes with a fizzy drink....or shakes.......which again has sugars......

Supermarkets have miles of shelving just full of soft drinks in every flavour.colour , full sugar.low suagr no added sugars..... intins ,bottles,12 packs to 48 packs.which dont make it easy for lovers of fizzy drinks........



how about them using honey as a sweetner?instead of chemicals.....

Some adults do eat foods and have drinks that dont agree with their rate of burn off so results in added weight.....but doesnt mean they are unhealthy.

Its a wonder anyone has any teeth after coke cola......drop an old penny in some and see what happens,,,,,, :-D :-D

Porkie_Pie

Porkie_Pie Report 18 Feb 2013 16:56

Spot on Kay,

Even whats considered to be healthy cereals such as Bran flakes, Special K and Weetabix has added sugar in large quantity's

Roy

BrianW

BrianW Report 18 Feb 2013 17:47

Maybe if there were more mirrors in public places people could see how they look and judge whether they need to think about their body shape - both ways !
There are some awful looking people around, both obese and skinny.

And perhaps annual monitoring of childrens' health should take place until they reach say 16.

Amokavid

Amokavid Report 18 Feb 2013 18:26

Before long "they" will be sending out raiding parties to check our food cupboards fridges etc for so called "unsuitable" foodstuffs, & if people are found to be overweight a cross will be put on the house door!!

Joan.

Robert

Robert Report 18 Feb 2013 18:34

This Country is slowly turning in the Nazi state of the UK. what people eat , drink, eat or what they look like is no concern ot others. fizzy drink alone dosen cause obsity. its all about a balance diet and a blanced life style. sadly as time goes by the more the goverment caves into companies like tesco and 24 hr opening and more people doing shift work, children of today are being robbed of this

Barbinsglos

Barbinsglos Report 18 Feb 2013 18:55

I dont entirely agree with you there Robert about it being no concern of others.

Bullies at school targetting fat kids. Is that nobody else's business?
Type 2 diabetis due to obesity ditto ditto ditto ditto
NHS spending up tackling same ^ ^ ^ ^

I agree a balanced diet is the answer. If I think a product is unhealthy for me and mine, I dont buy it. At the supermarket I see the full trolleys of stuff I wouldn't give house room to.
Ther is nothing wrong with a treat every now and then though, but we all know that too much weight brings with it all sorts of ailments.
It is up to us all not to buy the c##p

Cynthia

Cynthia Report 18 Feb 2013 19:44

I don't think it's anything to do with a 'Nanny' Government whatsoever. It's a matter of listening to sensible advice being given by doctors.


I agree with Kay and Barb - there are too many hidden ingredients in our food as it is.


I have a friend who is a surgeon - a few weeks ago he posted an article on his FB page about the dire consequences that diet drinks can have on the body. It was very, very unnerving and it's made me aware of the dangers.


A balanced diet is, indeed, to be recommended but, unfortunately there are too many people who think that it means 'chips with everything'.


People have free choice to eat whatever they want to - but that doesn't mean they can't be advised about what is bad for their health. The decision is theirs but, usually, someone else has to pick up the pieces.


FootieAngel

FootieAngel Report 18 Feb 2013 20:03

Not everyone is obese because they eat and drink the wrong types of things. It is a worry that they say some prefer to eat fast food instead of cooking a meal, but some could argue that fast food is exactly that in the busy society we have become. What I found interesting is one expert said all foods that are bad for us are cheaper than those that are good for us. Does this mean its more to do with economics and poorer families are more likely to be affected by obesity? If so then isn't the government to blame? Surely everyone's metabolism is different and different people react different to different types of foods.

My lad is incredibly under weight yet he eats and drinks very well in fact he is prone to drink too much coke. He can eat meals 3 times larger than his sisters and yet he puts nothing on. I worry more about him as I have been there myself where I couldn't put weight on. Surely underweight is as much a concern as obesity? I don't do fast foods myself, but I know at times my own children when out with their mates may choose it to fit in. My youngest has to have a reasonably controlled diet to balance her ADHD and believe me I know when she has been eaten or drinking anything she shouldn't but I can't stop her.

I think the government as caused this issue and now its gone to far something is needed to be done and yet its perhaps to late. I think also firstly they need to recognise that not all obese people are like it because they eat too much - it would be better to tackle how to deal with obesity caused by illnesses separately to those who are obese because they do tend to overeat/drink instead of lumping everyone together.

ChAoTicintheNewYear

ChAoTicintheNewYear Report 18 Feb 2013 20:39

It is possible to eat healthily and still put on weight. If you eat more calories than you burn off then you will put on weight, it doesn't matter what those calories consist of.