Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Britain's Obesity Shame - Plus Trevor Redux

It's almost too much to bear. After a weekend of dashed hopes in the sporting arena, news comes that we don't even head the world rankings in obesity. This is a poor show, in the one league we surely could, with a little more application, win.
But, talking of the decline of TV, there's news that ITV is to wheel the sainted Trevor McDonald back in front of the cameras to front a new-look News At Ten. Why??? Was there ever a more wooden, unresponsive, rabbit-in-the headlights newsreader? Okay, Huw Edwards maybe - but at least he's not revered as some kind of national icon. Except perhaps in Wales...


  1. have you noticed how Huw Edwards has perfected the Elvis lip that has eluded all pop idols since the late 50s? Cliff is livid!

    Sandy Gall! Someone who sounds like he should be preserved on one of our national wetlands...

    Mark Austin! a rabbit amongst badgers.

  2. It's good to know that I'm not the only one. I've never understood the success of Trevor McDonald. Nor why he was knighted.

  3. Yes and he's even worse when he's fronting up awards ceremonies. As my good friend Cheever puts it, he looks as if he's left the hanger in his jacket.

  4. Based upon the following Government responses to the three vices that haunt the Health Gestapo, guess which one is the favourite among the beautiful people:

    Tobacco: Ban smoking everywhere and ostracize all smokers;

    Obesity: Humiliate fat kids, have the child protection authorities threaten their parents and harass the fast food industry;

    Alcohol: Issue guidelines and open the pubs 24/7

  5. But there may be hope for gaining the obesity title, through passivity:

    "Although personal responsibility plays a crucial part in weight gain, human biology is being overwhelmed by the effects of today’s ‘obesogenic’ environment, with its abundance of energy dense food, motorised transport and sedentary lifestyles. As a result, the people of the UK are inexorably becoming heavier simply by living in the Britain of today. This process has been coined ‘passive obesity’. Some members of the population, including the most disadvantaged, are especially vulnerable to the conditions."

    Quoted by the Fanatic Cook from "Tackling Obesities: Future Choices."

  6. "It's good to know that I'm not the only one. I've never understood the success of Trevor McDonald. Nor why he was knighted."

    Is it because he is Scottish?

  7. Will someone please explain how our life expectancy can be going up given our unhealthy lifestyles? It must be some special ingredient they put in Big Macs.