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Another obesity propaganda show

Channel 4's Dispatches on the government's childhood obesity plan was fat on conspiracy, thin on alternative voices.
'What happened to the government's pledge to tackle childhood obesity?' asked the latest edition of Channel 4's Dispatches last night. The answer should have been 'far too much'. B… http://actiononchoice.org/eating/another-obesity-propaganda-show/

Obesity: another lecture at the surgery

The constant nagging in the name of public health is coming between doctors and patients.
A new study claims that patients will not be offended by doctors telling them they are overweight and offering to send them on a weight-loss course. The study, published in the Lan… http://actiononchoice.org/eating/obesity-another-lecture-surgery/

The sick rationing of healthcare

Using smoking or obesity as a justification for refusing vital surgery is simple discrimination.
For years now, some local NHS trusts and commissioning groups have been using our lifestyle choices as a way of refusing treatment. In 2012, medical magazine Pulse issued freedom o… http://actiononchoice.org/smoking/sick-rationing-healthcare/

Obesity strategy: say no to nanny

The government may have watered down some policies, but the childhood strategy is still thoroughly illiberal.
The news channels and media yesterday were filled with the squeals of disappointment from public health campaigners about the government's new childhood obesity strategy. Despite t… http://actiononchoice.org/eating/obesity-strategy-say-no-nanny/

Don't think of the children

Public health campaigners are using schoolkids to parrot their illiberal messages.
A new report by the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH), the Youth Health Movement and Slimming World says that young people are demanding action against fast-food outlets to tac… http://actiononchoice.org/eating/dont-think-children/

Waiting in pain

The NHS is using smoking and obesity to ration access to surgery.
The Royal College of Surgeons has published a new report, Smokers and overweight patients: Soft targets for NHS savings?, which points out that 'one in three Clinical Commissioning… http://actiononchoice.org/smoking/waiting-pain/

Labour's not lovin' it

The party's snooty rejection of McDonald's reveals its disdain for the tastes of ordinary people.
Labour's National Executive Committee has rejected the offer of £30,000 from McDonald's in exchange for a stand at the party's annual conference in Liverpool. If this were a princi… http://actiononchoice.org/eating/labours-not-lovin-it/

Going large on obesity scares

The world is getting fatter - but that's no excuse for paternalistic regulation of our lives.
A report published in the Lancet today suggests that there are more people globally who are obese than underweight. Some would call that good news, but in an era obsessed with the … http://actiononchoice.org/eating/going-large-obesity-scares/

Obesity: a 'national risk'?

The real danger we face in Britain today is the demand from doctors for overweening regulation of our lives.
England's chief medical officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies, has been widely quoted today, promoting her new report on women's health, declaring that obesity is a 'national risk' … http://actiononchoice.org/eating/obesity-national-risk/

The dangers of believing doctors

Conservative MP's Facebook faux pas is a timely reminder that the medical profession is not omniscient
Over the weekend BBC News reported that the Conservative MP for St Ives, Derek Thomas, had been forced to apologise after claiming on Facebook that diabetes is 'completely avoidab… http://actiononchoice.org/eating/dangers-believing-doctors/