There has been quite a blitz on the overweight recently. So much so that many news outlets have forgotten to bash smokers at all. That makes a nice change, but it doesn’t mean smokers are off the hook. We’re still banned from everywhere and have to beg at the Doors of Shame for our perfectly legal and outrageously taxed little bit of life-enjoyment.
Soon the Doors of Shame will cover booze. Then chocolate and cakes and meat and… everything that isn’t a dry biscuit or a vegetable. Then again, there’s salt in those biscuits so you can’t have them either. You have to guess what’s behind the doors because as the smokers will tell you, the shop staff have no idea.
However, this post is about food control. Something likely to lead to much more successful control measures than smoking or drinking ever could.
Apparently you can now get fat without realising it. Distracted eating is a new one but it’s catching on. It means you’re eating while doing something else. Such as playing a video game.
Quite how this is possible when most games consoles require both hands and your full attention is never adequately defined but then neither was anything else that came under Puritan control. Expecting them to start using logic and science now would be somewhat optimistic.
What they have in mind is exactly what they always have in mind.
“The effects are moderate to large and replicable suggesting that they may provide a firm evidence base for the development of interventions aimed at enhancing appetite control,” she said.
Control. They wish to intervene in your feeding habits and choice of waistline because you are not living your life as they wish you to live it. Feeling a bit miffed about that, enhanced-waistline folk? Get used to that feeling. Smokers have been feeling it for a long time now. It never goes away.
It’s your fault if you’re fat, but you can blame your parents if you want. That’s the message behind another new mantra; ’emotional eating’. The best part of this one is that you don’t even need to put on weight to be defined as fat.
However, there is a common misconception that all emotional eaters are overweight people who eat when they are sad.
Emotional eaters can also be people of normal weight, guilty of binge eating or yo-yo dieting with a distorted view on eating habits.
Guilty. See that word, calorie heretics? You are guilty of living as you wish instead of living as directed. It’s not an imprisonable offence yet, but you have already been declared guilty of it anyway.
The article also plays on the ‘distraction eating’ meme. We’re going to hear a lot more of that one.
As for this part –
Comedian and actress Rebel Wilson is reported to have recently said: ‘I don’t think my emotional eating is every going to change’ and physiologically, she could never ‘go skinny’.
They have a photo of her and she is clearly not obese. She’s curvy. Woman-shaped as far as I’m concerned. She is also smiling while being photographed and therefore content with herself as she is. Ah, but she confesses her ‘guilt’…
The Pitch Perfect star said she can do a week of being healthy and then reaches for an ice cream sandwich. Sound familiar?
Nothing in that sentence sounds familiar to me. An ice cream sandwich? Seriously? It’s almost as bizarre to me as the idea of a week of eating ‘healthy’ food. I don’t think I’ve managed a whole day without something laden with salt and fat. I’ve had curry for breakfast more than once, and spent entire days fuelled by chocolate and crisps and Red Bull cheap clones made entirely of lab chemicals.
Oh I do like crisps. Not so much the ordinary potato ones. I like the ones that look like cheese-coated worms or tiny crispy bacon rashers. I like the little cheesey biscuits and I adore pork scratchings. If I have one complaint about them it’s that the bags they come in are far too small. It’s not unsual for me to eat three at once.
By now you’re probably imagining a bloated balloon of a man sitting in a chair made of girders in a house with doors you could drive a tractor through. I am about 5’9″ and weigh a couple of pounds under 12 stone. There’s not much fat left at all these days.
Sure, I’ve been heavier in the past. A few years back I topped 15 stone and could make a bathroom scale cry. It’s all gone. No diets, no paying more for less food, no change from the deep fried heavily spiced ready-meal caffeine-laden diet I have survived on for so many years. The only real change was taking up a more active job. I can eat all the calories I want today. I’ll burn them all off at work tomorrow.
Calories in vs. calories burned is the crux of it all. The rise of ready meals and fast food coincided with a move to more desk-bound jobs and that’s what is being used as an excuse to control you all.
All these interventions, all this control, is unneccesary. Some people like being large, some like being less than large. If you want to lose weight, eat less/move around more. You do not need to sign up to a group that will applaud if you lose a pound in a month then sell you diets designed to fail. You don’t need to join the gyms run by Government donors who use their donations to pressure Government into telling us all to join a gym.
They are going to get your kids with this obesity game in a way they never could with smoking or drinking. It’s a much better control method.
If you want to control people by stopping them doing something – such as drinking or smoking – then if they all stop, that’s the end of the game. Are you controlling them still? Maybe they just don’t want to do those things any more and really, you aren’t controlling them at all.
Also, if everyone stopped smoking, there would be no tax money to pay people to tell us to stop smoking. Winning that control game means losing the income.
It’s a much more satisfying game if you’re telling people to do something rather than not-do something. As long as they keep doing it (and ideally keep paying you to tell them to do it) then you are in control. You are also guaranteed a permanent income.
And so, your children are to be provided with State-defined school meals and will be checked to see that they are doing the State-approved amounts of exercise. So they’ll leave school ready to be good little worker drones.
Far-fetched? It’s already happening. The next generation of drones will not only have the indoctrination of the last few but will now become identically physically fit as well. Just like an ant or bee colony.
It might have been risky to do this sooner. While perfecting the indoctrination, it’s so much easier if the subjects are flaccid and apathetic and in no fit state to mount any real resistance.
Once you have them indoctrinated you can make them into fit and healthy compliant workers. An army of the healthy and mindless. Zombie apocalypse? Not quite, but as close as it’s likely to get.
They’ll keep each other in line. Anyone needing a slightly larger belt will be spotted, reported and re-educated. The controllers’ dream is that none of them will smoke or drink or demand the best foods. They will be happy because they will be told they are happy and they will be free because they will be told they are free. The drones already accept this part.
It’s time to make them work (and pay) for the glorious freedoms they think they’ve gained.
Thanks are due to CynaraeStMary for the idea, links and discussion that formed this post