Wednesday 28 June 2017

Loony doctors

The British Meddling Association has been demanding graphic warnings on alcohol since 2008 (ie. ever since they appeared on cigarette packs). Now they have had another brainwave that nobody could have possibly seen coming...

Doctors call for sweet packets to have cigarette-style health warnings

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Doctors call for sweet packets to have cigarette-style health warnings

Sweet packets and other sugary food should carry warnings on them to try and improve the health of children’s teeth, doctors are suggesting.

A motion will will be discussed at the British Medical Association’s annual conference in Bournemouth this week expressing dismay at the rate of tooth decay pointing to the more than 34,000 children aged 9 and under who have had tooth extractions in the last two years.

As I have explained before, tooth decay among children (and adults) is at an all-time low. The number of 12-year-olds who exhibited clear signs of tooth decay fell from 81 per cent in 1983 to 28 per cent in 2013. One in three kids of this age had a cavity in 1983 but by 2013 this had fallen to one in nine.

The reason we have children having teeth extracted in hospital is because the government banned dentists from using general anaesthetic.

Putting stupid warnings on sweets is not going to stop kids eating them. All they need to do to prevent tooth decay - the one and only thing that is guaranteed to work regardless of their diet - is to brush their teeth.


In this year’s budget, chancellor Philip Hammond announced a sugar tax on all soft drinks, which is due to come into force from next year. Campaigners such as Action on Sugar want the levy extended to cover sweets and confectionary [sic] as well.

Its chairman, Graham McGregor [sic], who is professor of cardiovascular medicine at Queen Mary University of London, said: “The levy should be structured by the Treasury as per the soft drinks industry levy, whereby it is aimed at manufacturers to encourage them to reduce sugar in their overall product ranges.”

What does this spanner think sweets should be made from if not sugar? Disgusting artificial sweeteners, presumably.

Look, I understand that some people are stupid enough to think that there shouldn't be sugar in pasta sauces or tomato ketchup, but nobody buys confectionery thinking that its a health food. It's a treat and we don't need this raving lunatic MacGregor degrading its taste.

And if that weren't enough...

Doctors on the BMA’s Yorkshire Regional Council will also call for a tax on bags of sweets sold greater than 100g per unit bag or bar to combat childhood obesity rates and type 2 diabetes. They also believe the advertising of high sugar drinks should be prohibited on TV before a watershed to avoid influencing children.

Is it a full moon tonight or something?

And this is the kicker...

Medics in Yorkshire will also call for the minimum pricing for confectionery products and sweets.

Hardened though I am to moronic 'public health' proposals, even I am left speechless at this idea.

Will nobody rid us of these meddlesome quacks?

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