H/T Dick Puddlecote, latest WHO madness:
The health arm of the United Nations does not want companies advertising cake, ice cream, or ice pops to children.
It’s voluntary, for now. It goes on:
Banned without exception are pastries, croissants, cookies, sponge cakes, wafers, fruit pies, sweet buns, chocolate covered biscuits, cake mixes, and batters.
The list goes on: “Chocolate and other products containing cocoa; white chocolate; jelly, sweets and boiled sweets; chewing gum and bubble gum; caramels; liquorice sweets; spreadable chocolate and other sweet sandwich toppings; nut spreads, including peanut butter; cereal, granola and muesli bars; marzipan.”
Advertising for ice cream, frozen yogurt, ice pops, sorbets, and energy drinks would also be banned.
The relevant WHO document reports:
In July 2013 the ministers of health of the WHO European Member States adopted the Vienna Declaration on Nutrition and Non-communicable Diseases in the Context of Health 2020. This Declaration acknowledged the high burden of disease caused by unhealthy diets in many countries of the Region and expressed particular concern about the rise of overweight and obesity among children.
You have to wonder what’s left that manufacturers will be allowed to advertise. And since tobacco advertising bans preceded smoking bans, you have to expect cake and ice cream bans to follow, all for the sake of the chiiiildren, of course.
But there may be some light at the end of the tunnel:
Pressure mounts on WHO chief over Ebola
World Health Organization (WHO) chief Margaret Chan must resign over the group’s inefficient response to the recent Ebola crisis, the largest global AIDS organization said.
In a scathing statement released this week, Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) called for sweeping reforms to the WHO to better prevent and manage dangerous epidemics.
“In light of WHO’s lack of leadership, decisive action and resolve to embrace responsibility for the protection of global public health in the Ebola crisis, the current Head of WHO should step down so that a proactive, reform-minded individual might take the lead and transform WHO into an efficient global instrument for rapidly addressing global health threats,” AHF said.
What really needs to happen is for the whole lifestyle medicine paradigm that was introduced into the WHO in the 1990s by, among others, Gro Harlem Brundtland, to be dispensed with, and the WHO returned to its core purpose of dealing with real infectious diseases (like Ebola) rather than imaginary diseases like smoking and obesity. It needs root and branch reform.
Meanwhile, in Africa:
Efforts to beat Ebola in Sierra Leone have been dealt a setback after 31 new cases were recorded in one village.
The community of 500 just outside the town of Makeni has now been put in lockdown by the army amid fears that more could be infected.
The World Health Organisation said cases had been linked to one man who escaped quarantine in Freetown to go to his village for treatment from a traditional faith healer.
The quarantine area is a fishing community, yards from the hotel where many workers from humanitarian agencies have stayed.