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Barrie Hudson column: Oi fatso, you've only got yourself to blame
ABOUT one in five Swindon children aged 10 and 11 are obese, if the latest local figures are to be believed.
This will no doubt attract much tutting from grown-ups about young people today, and quite right, too.
If you’re an obese young person, I’d just like to say on behalf of the older generation that it’s all your fault and nothing to do with us.
As everybody knows, obesity happens to people because they eat too much.
The fact that for many years now we adults have allowed food industry billionaires to get away with anything that maximises profits has nothing to do with it.
Nor do loopholes in the labelling laws. Admittedly plenty of snacks and things turn out to contain enough salt to kill a hundredweight of snails, enough sugar to rot the teeth of a swamp’s worth of crocodiles and so many highly-addictive additives that heroin seems positively take-it-or-leave-it in comparison, but that’s what consumer choice is all about.
And don’t come crying to us about TV commercials, either. Just because they try to convince you that you’ll be a social pariah until your twenties unless you nag your folks into stuffing your school lunchbox with the latest load of chemical-laden luminous muck, that doesn’t mean you must obey.
The same goes for those commercials that show certain fast food joints as places of joy, wonder and excitement you should demand to visit every day, and not as places where you can buy your first coronary or a dose of Type 2 Diabetes on convenient easy terms.
After all, if we told you it was cool to jump off a cliff, would you do it?
It’s also not our fault that we’ve allowed the economic system to become so knackered that countless adults are obliged to feed their children the cheapest, nastiest garbage they can lay their hands on, as they could no more afford fresh ingredients than fly to the moon. Such parents are probably irresponsible scroungers anyway.
Another cause of obesity, of course, is a lack of exercise, and that’s not our fault either.
Yes, you may have noticed that local neighbourhood play areas across the country have been shut down and the land flogged to developers, or else stripped of anything more exciting than a set of hopscotch squares for fear of accidents and compensation claims, but you could always go for a run or jump up and down on the spot or something.
And yes, your parents are bombarded with warnings that if they let you out of their sight for more than five minutes they risk being labelled neglectful and hauled into court, but that is for your own good.
So is the fact that any time more than about five of you gather in the street to play, there’s a pretty good chance that somebody will call the police to complain. The same goes for the fact that those same people or people like them will raise holy hell if you campaign for a play area on a nearby spot of disused land. After all, you might be up to no good.
If you stay in and play video games, though, you’re just being lazy. Is it any wonder you’re fat?
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