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Tax CRAP food

February 18, 2013 Leave a comment
Junk food copy

Junk food copy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the UK, doctors today have launched a campaign calling on the Government to tax junk food, and ban adverts for junk food before the watershed (9pm on TV). FINALLY!

But, only if taxation is lifted on healthy foods.

People on a budget have to reach for processed junk food to feed their families, right? wrong! They choose to! possibly because it’s easier, they’re addicted to the sugar, salt and additives, don’t know how to cook, or simply won’t cook. Whatever the reason, it’s not price. How do I know this? Because it’s a fact that healthy food is cheaper already.

Yes, you have to go to the supermarket more than once a week because, hey, it’s not packed full of preservatives so that banana won’t last 10 days like a packet of crisps will.

So, I’m all for it. Tax the hell out of the junk food, but also, offer people cheaper healthier food as a double incentive. Throw into that decent health education and cookery at school, training sessions and taster courses for young parents and free cooking recipes in supermarkets (many are already doing this in store and online).

I should point out this is the same government which introduced tax on healthy goods, supplements and protein shakes etc, so they’re nothing if not a bit confused!

But it is about time people started to take responsibility for their own lifestyle choices. I’m sorry, this is going to sound harsh. But if you’re fat it’s because you choose to be. Somewhere along the line you’ve realised you’re fat and killing yourself but you’ve not done anything about it. And you’re fat because you eat junk, or too much food in general, and don’t exercise at all. Sure there are health issues to consider, mostly caused by the fact you’re already fat, but you have taken the conscious decision to be unhealthy and stay unhealthy. So, if you won’t help yourself to live better and live longer it looks like the State will have to try and force you.

If there was a petition to sign I’d be linking to it right now.

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The injury gene?

July 25, 2012 Leave a comment

 

In the news today – Team GB scientists are looking at whether genetic tests can identify athletes that are more prone to injury.

Common niggles and injuries including those to tendons and stress fractures are common in elite athletes, but some people are more susceptible than others.

The team of scientists, headed by University College London’s Prof Montgomery say they have found a gene that influences the risk of stress fractures.

The aim is that the research will enable training and rehabilitation to be able to be individually tailored based on this information.

There is a definite link to these kinds of injuries and diet, repetitive strain and loading, but now scientists are also saying there is a strong genetic element.

Prof Montgomery has already discovered the ACE gene that is linked with endurance. He is now working closely with the English Institute of Sport (EIS) which applies the latest in sports research to benefit athletes.

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-18970982