Does the DoH really think it's going to solve the obesity epidemic by sanitising the language?
5th August 2008
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gwineth.gifSometimes political correctness drives me over the edge: Nothing To Do With Arbroath: British government bans the word 'obese' to describe overweight children Does using euphemism help solving the issue? At a time when "Obesity 'threatens future of NHS'" (The cost to the NHS is £480m each year - 1.5 per cent of NHS expenditure) and in a country where "UK women are now officially the fattest in Europe", it seems to me that not telling fat people the only solution is eat less and exercice more (since most of obesity causes are self inflicted). Sure that's quite harsh. But then society is harsher on speeding drivers and smokers, even though Obesity Deadlier Than Smoking (and car accidents). It maybe extreme, but social pressure helps combatting obesity, just as smoking is no longuer socially accepted even though it was the norm 20 years ago.
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