The tyranny of ‘health by stealth’

Mark Littlewood joins Snowdon and Slater to discuss the latest nanny-state news.

Topics Politics UK USA

On the latest episode of Last Orders, spiked’s nanny-state podcast, Chris Snowdon and Tom Slater are joined by Mark Littlewood, director-general of the IEA. They discuss the government’s mad plan to cut our calories, America’s moral panic over vaping, and Britain’s ban on sexist adverts.

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Linda Payne

7th October 2019 at 7:07 pm

The NHS should get its own house in order before they start preaching about our food habits; it’s frightening knowing no matter how desperate you feel there is absolutely NO ONE and NOTHING out there to help

jessica christon

13th September 2019 at 10:21 pm

I just want to know what the thumbnail is!

Ven Oods

13th September 2019 at 2:23 pm

Just as with education, it’s going to take a long time to reverse these foods consumption trends. Vastly overweight people prefer sitting to standing, so the notion that it’ll be easy weaning them off calorie-dense junk food, so they can stand up in a kitchen and cook healthy meals from scratch, is likely to be frustrated.

Gordon Campbell

19th September 2019 at 4:24 pm

For vastly overweight people sitting rather than standing is not a preference but a necessity. Try standing for any length of time with a 10st person on your back. You get back ache, painful hips and knees, sciatica development etc it can be very tiring. You need to lose a large amount of weight 1st before exercising is possible.

Dan Under

28th September 2019 at 1:01 am

It’s a bit like flying the U2. At maximum altitude, the density of air is so thin that the aircraft Vs (stall speed) and Vne (velocity not to exceed) are but a few knots apart. This is referred to as coffin corner.
Once one achieves the weighty levels of morbid obesity (BMI>30) one may be trapped by an inability to exercise at a rate sufficient to be meaningful, measured in metabolic equivalents (^^-1).
To meaningfully lose weight, exercise should be conducted at a value around rate >6METs. This rate is unfortunately largely unachievable/inadvisable by the morbidly obese. Concurrent low calorie diet is desirable, but equally difficult to maintain.
Still, given the eco-Marxist preoccupation with Malthus and Ehrlich I expect healthism may remain a moot point of inaction.

A Game

12th September 2019 at 8:27 pm

As long as everyone knows to stop buying the altered products. To buy things to ‘support” the food companies will encourage the status quo.
Stop buying them, those businesses, obviously, are going to start going down hill fast. It gets bad enough (factories and stores closing, supply drying up due to a lack of demand) the food companies will have to get their Lobbyists out of moth balls.
When non sensical social justice totalitarianism smashes into the wall of capitalism… I wonder who will win?

Secondly, its completely irresponsible to decide that aspartame by the bucket is actually good for you. People should look up what’s in it and how it goes through the body. And how it morphs into other things as a chemical reaction. Oh, and its also known for its laxative effect. Productivity goes down because everyone is slim but can’t get off the dunny to do their job.
Lawsuits galore in 20 years.

Dominic Straiton

12th September 2019 at 8:12 pm

Nudge – push- shove- beat – shoot.

Dominic Straiton

12th September 2019 at 8:25 pm

Its always the same people doing the first and the last

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