The Musings Of An Opinionated Sod [Help Me Grow!]


Obesity Explained In A Photo …
July 30, 2014, 6:10 am
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No, I am not letting the food industry off the hook.

Or the governments with their insane food subsidy programmes.

But I’m certainly not blaming the escalator companies.

However, when we allow ourselves to believe we’re entitled to a life of utter convenience and comfort, it’s not that surprising that we have ended up in a situation where the declining standard of health is one of the biggest dangers facing our future.

Just like I said a while back that it’s not google making us stupid, it’s us making us stupid … the same goes for our obesity epidemic.

It might be nice to shift all the blame on to someone else.

It might be easy to say we’re just a pawn in big business’ evil game.

But rarely does something happen unless you want it to and taking notice when something terrible happens – whether to you or someone else – is a dangerous game to play.

As I said, I know there are external factors that influence our choices – and I absolutely appreciate there are socio-economic situations and conditions that impact many people’s lives – however I believe obesity is as much an attitude problem as it is a bad food problem so next time you see an escalator, take the stairs.

Oh, and before anyone says it, I know I am the last person on the planet who has the right to say this with a straight face … but nothing, not even seeing your 36 year old mate almost die a few weeks ago from a torn aorta, aneurysm and mini-strokes, changes your perspective like the impending birth of your first child.

Hell, the kid isn’t even born and he/she is changing my life … I’m doomed!

But not as much as them. Boom Tish.


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Valid point. But the person I’d be most concerned about in that picture is the one whose walk has come to a halt halfway. I’d be surprised if he made it to the top unassisted.

Comment by john

fuck me, doddsys back. why the fuck that makes me happy is any fuckers guess, but it does. i must be fucking out my mind.

Comment by andy@cynic

Bromance. Sadly though Andy, you’re not his type.

Comment by Rob

or his fucking species.

Comment by andy@cynic

Maybe they just discovered they forgot their incontinence pants.

Comment by DH

… and they’d been drinking beer.

[See yesterdays post so you don’t think I’m a rambling mad man. Though given you mentioned it first, I’m assuming that’s what you were referring to, but you can never be sure with you Dave]

Comment by Rob

And why the he/she? Have your expensive doctors started back-tracking?

Comment by john

the kid is deciding if it wants to come out now it know his dad a bit fucking better.

Comment by andy@cynic

He probably wrote this post in 2007.

Comment by DH

well hes got fuck all else to do with his fucking prince life.

Comment by andy@cynic

From now on Dave, I will call you Sherlock Holmes.

Comment by Rob

Oh yes. Oops … early blog post writing fail.

Comment by Rob

you think that is the reason this blog fails? you deluded twat.

Comment by andy@cynic

oh fuck, the dad shit has already fucking started.

Comment by andy@cynic

If he writes about e numbers, I’m never coming back.

Comment by DH

So Rob, how do you explain this.

Looks like beige shit. Tastes like rainbow heaven.

A photo posted by Rob Campbell (@robertc1970) on

And yes, I do feel dirty going through your instagram feed. But it’s the price I’ll pay for exposing your hypocrisy. #investigativejournalist

Comment by DH

No wonder you brits needed us to come help you beat off Hitler if you were serving that shit as food. Though that kebab looks alright.

Comment by Billy Whizz

I mean win the war against hitler, not give him a hand job.

Comment by Billy Whizz

thats what you fucking say now.

Comment by andy@cynic

It’s similar to what you said about your last girlfriend Billy. Looks like shit, but tastes like heaven. Ahem.

Comment by Rob

Stalker. And I was on holiday. The attitudinal change goes on holiday then as well.

Comment by Rob

planner fucking reframe again.

Comment by andy@cynic

Well said Robert. But food companies have been known to exploit families with minimal income and that includes manipulating the price of healthy produce to make their products look better value. It is a similar approach alcohol companies used to make a pint of soft drink cost more than a pint of beer, yet they talk about drinking responsibly. Yes, it is a choice, but these companies know exactly what they are doing.

Your child has made more of an impression on you than the rest of us combined. You’re going to be an excellent father.

Comment by Lee Hill

Fair point Lee – and I did say there were many factors that contribute to this situation, of which the way food companies target low income groups is one of them – I’m just saying that it has become a habit to find ways to blame others [especially companies & governments] for our faults and shortfalls rather than look at what we need to take responsibility for and act on it.

So while that doesn’t mean I feel sorry for the food companies that pile high sugar, salt & fat laden products – far from it – I’m not giving them 100% of the blame either.

Though yes, it did used to bug me a pint of diet coke with ice [no lemon] cost more than a pint of beer. But not as much as it used to bug my mates when they were paying me to be the designated driver on a night out. Ha.

Comment by Rob

they werent your friends campbell. they used you as a cheap taxi driver who would do anything for them to pretend you were their friend.

Comment by andy@cynic

I know. But at least I made them pay.

Comment by Rob

If fatherhood makes you write more posts like this, then your son may have saved this blog and your career. Excellent.

Comment by George

That’s good … because I’ll need to keep working for 1000 years to cover the cost of the pram we’ve just bought.

Comment by Rob

You do realise there are prams without GPS and streaming video don’t you Robert?

Comment by George

No. And I don’t want to know that thank you very much. Ha.

Comment by Rob

To put Mr. Dodds mind at ease, that man whose walk has come to a halt is simply doing what every other motherfucker on the planet seems to be doing – checking his mobile in case he might miss something.

Comment by Ciaran McCabe

Hello Ciaran, lovely to hear from you. On the plus, at least the man stopped halfway had to do it on the side of the steps, unlike in Asia – where they stop at the top of the stairs/escalator and then mutter in disgust when people bump into them. [Though they still never look up]

Comment by Rob

Ah, that could indeed be the case. Bit alarming that he has to stop to do it, but I’ve always said they should be described as portable rather than mobile.

Comment by john

pedant

Comment by Northern

You just like idea if having a hand free for whenever the mood takes you. Fnrrrr Fnrrr.

Comment by Rob

On a more serious note, while I’m a strong believer in personal responsibility, the calories from eating rubbish overwhelm those burned through the kind of exercise within the realms of possibility for mere mortals.
I cycled 50 miles on Saturday morning, burning 2,000 calories – half of which would have been obliterated by one big Mac.
Even worse, calorie counting isn’t the answer, nor is just looking at fat – in fact, the poor bastards that followed government advice, took care of themselves, found it made naff all difference because the real enemy is sugar.
I guess I’m saying the answer is mostly education and people should get off their arses and move a bit, but it won’t solve obesity, a sensible approach to food will – which will be tough since the education for those engaged is totally flawed.

Comment by Northern

Very true, but I still think many people are quick to shout blame rather than make effort to address it personally. I know I sound like a bastard … and I’m certainly not discounting food companies and governments responsibility in all this … but we all have things we can do, even if it requires more people and pieces to line-up to truly make a difference.

Comment by Rob

Agree in that more people who know better should help – and I have no patience with folks who want their stomach stapled on the NHS, with one or two obvious exceptions.
It’s just that we’re seeing in the UK a younger generation that seem a whole lot more puritan about health and certainly booze, but with duff information getting in the way of useful action.
It’s like someone their age investigating music before 2000 because they believe (rightly) it was better and someone making them believe Queen is good

Comment by Northern

It worked with your [soon-to-be] brother in law.

Comment by Rob

Not that I have anything against Queen.
By the way, I was serious about old music, I took part in some decent research for young folks and haven’t the foggiest why none of the squillions of brands ‘borrowing interest from music’ don’t provide some sort of guide, or at least house a conversation about exploring music before they were born
They might even discover Eye of the Tiger and start running up escalators

Comment by Northern

Don’t give him ideas. We’ll get wall to wall 80s naffness courtesy of his unknowing clients.

Comment by john

Pour some sugar on me

Comment by Northern

In the name of love

Comment by Northern

the egotistical bastard will only use songs he did his fucking guitar twiddling on. lucky they are all shit so even a deaf twat stuck in the 80s wouldnt sign that shit off.

Comment by andy@cynic

Terrence Trent Barmy.

Comment by DH

Another career he’s ruined along the way.

Comment by Billy Whizz




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