Call to Stop Obesity Research and Act

by VR Sreeraman on  January 5, 2008 at 4:27 PM Obesity News   - G J E 4
Call to Stop Obesity Research and Act
All further obesity research, dietary advice, and food labelling should be stopped and the money used to build an integrated, reliable public transport network, according to a letter in this week's BMJ.

Nicole Lavery, a community adviser in Northern Ireland believes we have now reached saturation point as to how many studies and articles it takes to convince us that we are too fat as a nation.

What good does it do to advise people that they need to walk, cycle and swim when the infrastructure is doing its best to prevent exactly this, she asks?

Despite all the suggested health assessments, dieticians' advice, government guidelines, and supermarket labels there is something missing: action to force planners, developers, councils and local authorities to end totally unsustainable, fat-making practices, such as building roads without cycle lanes, she argues.

She suggests the only way we will be able to tie our laces in the future and not need cardiopulmonary resuscitation at the age of 35 is to demand and build a functioning, cyclist and pedestrian centred, integrated public transport network.

But she concludes "having witnessed the government's transport policies in the last decades, I would say: fat chance."

Source: BMJ

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Free Fruits on Public Areas to Curb Spreading Obesity

Fruits are low in calories and highly nutritional already grown on public places at increasing ratios to face obesity trends. Tree climbing also can be a body exercise for kids harvesting fruits.

Fruits have around four times more water content than cookies and easily satisfy hunger taking less energy. Refrigerators full of fruits easily beat junkies.

In Brazil we are increasing fruit trees in the public areas changing the country to a large tropical orchard. Then, sidewalks, squares, parks, roadsides will be plenty of free fruits bearing appropriate food to fight spreading obesity. Free fruits are protected from the power of the economic system pursuing profitability.

Other countries are invited to join us on a fight against global obesity toward a Public Fructification. Brazil intends to become a developed country without common problems of a superpower.

We intend the rural area to conquer public areas making it full of fruits. Even carnivores can be convinced to eat more fruits why not humans?

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