I’m as thin as a rake, so I don’t have a dog in this race. Nevertheless, I get more and more angry about the increasingly obscene War on Obesity, and stuff like this:
Under a new scheme, GPs will be asked to identify anyone who has put on weight and is now at risk of diabetes – particularly those who are under 40. Those identified will be offered a pre-diabetes test, healthy lifestyle advice and close monitoring to ensure that they are eating healthily and exercising more, the Telegraph has reported.
How are they going to “ensure” that people eat “healthily” and exercise more? Or this:
Professor Max Parkin, a Cancer Research UK statistician based at Queen Mary University of London, said: “There’s now little doubt that certain lifestyle choices can have a big impact on cancer risk, with research around the world all pointing to the same key risk factors.
“Of course everyone enjoys some extra treats during the Christmas holidays so we don’t want to ban mince pies and wine…
But we will ban mince pies and wine if we have to? And then they tell us that we’re “in denial” about it:
Four out of five of those over 50 are either overweight or obese as are more than 20pc of our nine-year-olds. Many of us are fat and getting fatter. Just look at the way the waistbands of school uniforms have expanded in the last ten years or so.
We can’t deny that it is very bad for us in a myriad number of ways and it’s also putting a whopping great strain on our health services.
And yet in the main, we’re still in denial about it.
New research suggests that despite high levels of obesity, four out of five of people in the UK consider themselves to be healthy.
Figures from the World Health Organisation suggest nearly two thirds of people in the UK are in fact overweight.
Well, I tell you what: People ought to be in denial. They ought to reject all these claims. Every single one of them. Because if they think they’re in good health, then they are in good health, whatever any of these quack doctors say. When I get sick, I go tell a doctor I’m sick: he doesn’t tell me. Because I’m the judge of my health, not him.
Because the Body Mass Index (BMI) that is used as the measure of obesity is actually just the completely meaningless ratio of body mass in kilos to the square of body height in metres. It’s completely unscientific, and utterly devoid of content. And furthermore it is well known to be.
BMI is a fraud. It’s a Bloody Meaningless Integer.
But here’s a New York State university telling people that if their Bloody Meaningless Integer is greater than 40, they are “morbidly obese”, and may need surgery. Well, no. Because if the Integer is Meaningless, then both the “40” and the “morbidly obese” are meaningless too.
They mean absolutely nothing.
And no surgery is necessary.
Just because someone is fat doesn’t mean that they are “unhealthy” or “overweight”. All it means is that these quack doctors want people to be slim. They want them to conform to an ideal. They’re even prepared to saw bits off them to make them conform to the ideal. And that ideal – an aesthetic preference – has no basis whatsoever in science or reason. They’re really just dressing up their personal preferences with empty, scientific-sounding numbers. It’s no different from awarding “10 points” to a pretty girl, instead of just saying “I think she’s very pretty” – and then pretending that because you’ve attempted to measure beauty with a number, your measure of beauty is in some way objective or scientific. It’s not. It’s an abuse of numbers. And it’s meaningless. And it’s fraudulent.
And it’s a protection racket.