Saturday, November 29, 2008

Change for life - yes and no

Alan Johnson is beginning to look like a serious candidate for King, or at least the first minister

This is the third announcement from his department which has seriously impressed me. The first allowing people to see physiotherapists and other Health Care practitioners directly. The second, allowing people to top up their drugs privately, without losing the right to NHS care.

Change for life - encouraging a healthy diet and exercise, couldn't be better, but that on looking at the small print, this turns out to be about being fat, not about being healthy. Being fat does not make a person unhealthy. Please listen "Being fat does not in itself make a person unhealthy".

Obesity is the side effect of an unhealthy lifestyle. An unhealthy lifestyle makes a person fat. Obesity is the consequence not the cause of ill health. Stop kicking people when they are down. Obese people feel bad enough about themselves - feeling bad about yourself is unhealthy.

Time for the scores:
Marks out ten - An Arlene Phillips 9 for the storyline, and for Content, which is not as good as it should be, a Craig Revel Horwood - 4

Copyright (c) Liz Miller

1 comment:

angus said...

Well said Dr Liz, the Gov doesn't seem to be able to distinguish between cause and effect, especially in health and the economy.

What we need is someone like you in the cabinet, that'll get em going.