I spent a few days in England visiting family, I stayed at an INN LODGE, clean, tidy, very reasonably priced food in quite large portions. Probably like me, you struggle to keep weight off. I find it extremely difficult, always told to clean my plate as a child and it’s a habit I cannot seem to break, especially when the food is designed to entice. Health professionals continue to warn us of diabetes, heart disease, and general obesity, we all see the giant wobbly belly’s shuffling down the street, and it is so easy to become one, with fast food being available cheaply and in vast quantities.

Cigarettes have been attacked for causing cancer and heart, lung illnesses, taxed to an extreme in an effort to reduce use of them, surely now is the time for fast food to be looked at in a similar fashion, after all its just as dangerous. Alcohol is also being taxed, not so much because we like to drink, but because it is looked at as a social danger, if that is the case then fast food outlets are an even greater threat, obesity!

Most improvements in health have been brought about by social changes, clean water, good sewerage system, testing cows for TB and a good diet removed many diseases, vaccination ended polio and smallpox, cleanliness the plague. Illnesses are not stopped by some magic medicine, most only control the symptoms. But a change in the way society views how people live, how and what they eat has given way to an almost dictatorial rant by ‘specialists’.  It is well-known that exercise and meals in moderation are the way to go, however the ‘in the know’s’ have forgotten an additive monosodium glutamate makes you want more and is widely used in the UK.

We talk about food inflation, but I don’t see anyone starving. Quite the contrary, food is too easily available at a low price, trollies ladened with food leave the supermarkets and taken home however at the end of the week most of that is thrown away.  If food was taxed, then people might eat a healthier diet, men and women might find they like cooking, at least they would know exactly what they were eating and their children might just have fewer allergies.   Time for the Treasury to do some work for the NHS.

About michaeldouglasbosc

I am retired and live with my wife on a small olive finca in the middle of a forest in the mountains of Spain in Catalonya. I served 9years in the armed services, am an engineer and because of my love of navy sailing ships a naval historian of the 1700-1800's, plus the author of 10 books. When I retired I started writing adult books my first being A Soldiers Wind. Then came Stanley's story again adult books such was his life. Another book on life in the 1950's this very much an adult book. I have now returned to my love of the sea and my latest navy book 'A Plymouth Story' follows the life of Dr James Blackstock. But Clearing In The Forest is an historical fantasy set in the middle ages at the end of King Johns reign. All the books are published on Kindle and Create a Space in paperback. I have worked all my life and for relaxation I sailed a coastal yacht for many years, but deep inside me was a writer waiting to get out. So when I retired I started writing I find story telling both relaxing and - for me - a pleasure.
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