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By johnboy 14 October 2013 53

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Chief Minister Gallagher has unveiled a plan to enable droves of public servants to pretend to be doing something about obesity in the ACT.

(Which is a farce because the BMI records people at peak fitness as being obese but moving on…)

The laughably named “key actions” include:

    — improve the availability of healthy food and drink options in ACT Government workplaces and events

    — implement a Chief Minister’s award scheme to reward healthy workplaces and food outlets

    — develop and implement an ACT Government school food and drink policy with supporting guidelines that will mandate the implementation of the National Healthy School Canteen guidelines in ACT schools

    — the creation of new incentives for ACT workers and/or workplaces to participate in physical activity or active travel

    — introduce health risk assessments for ACT Government staff with a view to extend these to the private sector

    — restrict the advertising of unhealthy foods within the government’s regulatory control; and,

    — improve awareness, skills and capability across the ACT in buying and preparing healthy food

    We look forward to the health risk assessments of the ACT’s bus drivers.

[Photo by Tobyotter CC BY 2.0]

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zllauh 4:04 pm 08 Sep 15

Only if people started to take a look in the mirror and observe closely , what are they doing to themselves.
Hit the gym hard, beast mode on (Y) .
internet and junk food has already caused many problems

watto23 12:52 pm 16 Oct 13

The metabolism arguments are based on fact, however as many say its easy to blame a slow metabolism on being overweight. As it is life is unfair and if your metabolism is slow like mine, you need to work harder to keep your weight down. However I do get annoyed by people who think its all about eating less. Some people have mental health issues and want to kill themselves, others just eat more everyone deals with these things differently. The idea that obese people can just stop eating is not going to help the situation. I have found the nutritional info handy around town. Although I think some people don’t get it, when they think a double meat footlong sub with double cheese is healthy 🙂

Maybe health insurance premiums could be based on an optional health and fitness test. I can tell you now a lot of skinny people out there would fail a fitness test easily.

carnardly 11:42 am 16 Oct 13

BimboGeek said :

/Sure as heck isn’t the marathon, hurdles or gymnastics competitors…

of course it could be track cyclists too. Have you seen the legs on those people?

BimboGeek 8:48 am 16 Oct 13

miz said :

Apparently olympic athletes, according to the BMI, are obese.

Is that the shooters or the hammer throwers?

/Sure as heck isn’t the marathon, hurdles or gymnastics competitors…

Thumper 8:33 am 16 Oct 13

miz said :

Apparently olympic athletes, according to the BMI, are obese, which shows how useless it is. For example, “BMI also does not account for body frame size; a person may have a small frame and be carrying more fat than optimal, but their BMI reflects that they are normal. Conversely, a large framed individual may be quite healthy with a fairly low body fat percentage, but be classified as overweight by BMI.” (from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_mass_index under ‘Limitations and Shortcomings’).
I personally wouldn’t make any life decisions based on BMI.

You don’t need BMI to tell you you’re fat. A mirror will do that nicely.

Thumper 8:32 am 16 Oct 13

gazket said :

look at the pic, they even linked fat people with smoking, well done.

When I was a pack a day smoker I was built like a whippet.

Now I’m a slightly pudgy whippet 🙂

gazket 12:35 am 16 Oct 13

look at the pic, they even linked fat people with smoking, well done.

gazket 12:32 am 16 Oct 13

“restrict foods within the government’s regulatory control”

Good old commy Labor, they just love handing out restrictions.

miz 8:45 pm 15 Oct 13

Apparently olympic athletes, according to the BMI, are obese, which shows how useless it is. For example, “BMI also does not account for body frame size; a person may have a small frame and be carrying more fat than optimal, but their BMI reflects that they are normal. Conversely, a large framed individual may be quite healthy with a fairly low body fat percentage, but be classified as overweight by BMI.” (from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_mass_index under ‘Limitations and Shortcomings’).
I personally wouldn’t make any life decisions based on BMI.

watto23 5:20 pm 15 Oct 13

My BMI has me as obese, but i can do 50 pushups in a minute and run 5kms. I’m not that muscly or toned, i do have some weight around the belly, but I’m fit, I run and exercise. The elite athlete arguement is bogus, plenty of fit people are obese on the BMI.

Then I see all the skinny people who eat takeway food but are lucky to be a different body type and have a different metabolism. I know a few people who eat KFC, maccas etc for lunch every day. skinny as a rake, have the worst diets and never use stairs. I’m sorry that is not healthy at all.

I watch the calories I eat, I’m still trying to lose another 10 kgs, yet if we went by BMI I’d be obese and seriously I’m far healthier than many apparently “normal people”. In fact around 30% of obese people are fit and healthy. also around 30% in the normal range are not fit and healthy.

What we need to do is provide more incentives for people to eat healthy and exercise. Also people with weight issues, often have mental issues as well. Just like smokers or people with anorexia. Its just a hell of a lot easier to get overweight. I’ve got no problems with taxing unhealthy food, but thinking that hiding the lollies from 1 cash register really is a token effort that will not change a thing.

PBO 2:54 pm 15 Oct 13

Apologies for my spelling, it seems that my fingers are too fat to type properly.

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