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Government Knows Best - Junk Food Ban Goes Global

Government Knows Best - Junk Food Ban Goes Global


Feb 20, 2017 9:30 PM

Obesity is a 'big' (pardon the pun) problem in the Pacific Islands.  In fact, a recent World Bank study found that over half the adult population in 16 of the 17 Pacific Island countries and territories were obese while over 75% of the population was obese in 11 of those counties.

Pacific Island Obesity

 

So what do you do when you just can't count on citizens to make sound judgements about their own personal health decisions?  Well, you call in the Nanny State to ban sodas and sugary snacks, of course...which, according to the New York Times, is exactly what the tiny Pacific island nation of Vanuatu is doing.

While many governments struggle to ban soda to curb obesity, the tiny Torba Tourism Council in the remote Pacific island nation of Vanuatu is planning to outlaw all imported food at government functions and tourist establishments across the province’s 13 inhabited islands.

 

Provincial leaders hope to turn them instead into havens of local organic food. The ban, scheduled to take effect in March, comes as many Pacific island nations struggle with an obesity crisis brought on in part by the overconsumption of imported junk food.

 

“We want to ban all other junk food from this province,” Luke Dini, the council’s chairman and a retired Anglican priest, said in a telephone interview from Torba. He said the province had about 9,000 residents and got fewer than 1,000 tourists a year, mostly Europeans.


Read more:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-02-20/government-knows-best-junk-food-ban-goes-global



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Comments

  • Does anyone else feel that if an entire community has decided to be obese, then that entire community should be allowed to face the consequences?
  • Does anyone else feel that if an entire community has decided to be obese, then that entire community should be allowed to face the consequences?
    Am not sure that individuals or entire communities actually make a conscious decision to be obese though I have met families who deride the only thin member as "he or she's a bit underweight".  All a matter of perception of the norm I guess.  There are consequences such as diabetes and struggles with diets that see weight see saw up and down. That's going to happen anyway whether the individual chooses it or whether others decide they should be left to wear the consequences.  We also need to ask ourselves why Western countries are usually the major sufferers of overweight.   Updated  house block sizes detract from kids  playing back yard cricket or climbing trees,  parents that drop their kids to and from school in the family 4WD,  drift to social media as play, Schools fear of kids falling off play gyms are all leading to a more sedentary lifestyle.  Once robots do everything else for us we're going to be even less motivated to move around.  Basically we're making the supersize bed we end up lying in.
    Parents should certainly be conscious enough to not overfeed their young children.

    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    Less motivated, or more?


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    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
  • Might find I was a much faster runner than previously thought.

    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

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