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Obesity aspirations

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.

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Obesity aspirations
neanderthalsis 10:51 am 14 Oct 13

BimboGeek said :

Are you guys actually body builders or are you making excuses for yourself? BMI is a first order estimation to help you figure out if you should have that looked into by your doctor. Another example is your absolute waist measurement.

While I would not call myself a body builder, I do spend a considerable amount of time on resistance training. I prefer to be a little more scientific in determining my fat content and regularly take myself off to the dietician for a body composition analysis which tells me what percentage of my body weight is fat (both visceral and subcutaneous and where it is) and what is muscle, bone or other unidentified pink and purple wobbly bits. Whilst my BMI is above 30, my body fat content is within the “good” range of 8 – 20%. I know I still have some lard to shake off, but I am not morbidly obese as my BMI would categorise me.

Genie 10:50 am 14 Oct 13

johnboy said :

If they’re worried about the workplaces better look hard at the morning teas!

Don’t even go there JB ! don’t take our morning teas away !!!

Although on a more serious note.. prevention is the best cure.

Katy needs to be focusing on encouraging more exercise at a younger age. I’ve never heard my nieces once comment that they do PE in school and when I was in primary school we did PE maybe once a month, if we were lucky!

On the grown up side – My current employer offers alot of healthy rewards. We get reimbursed a certain amount per year for the money we spend on a healthy lifestyle (gym memberships, running shoes etc) and they encourage the participation in lunchtime walks or sports, fun runs etc. We even have incentives for staff to quit smoking.

poetix 10:39 am 14 Oct 13

They forgot:

– encourage the consumption of vodka rather than beer by all poets.

c_c™ 10:29 am 14 Oct 13

neanderthalsis said :

While I do applaud efforts to encourage people to be more healthy, I don’t consider it a role of government to tell me what I should eat, what exercise i should do and what I should weigh.

But you do consider it government’s role I bet to subsidise via the PBS the lifestyle disease medications for cholesterol, heart disease and diabetes.

davo101 10:14 am 14 Oct 13

neanderthalsis said :

While I do applaud efforts to encourage people to be more healthy, I don’t consider it a role of government to tell me what I should eat, what exercise I should do and what I should weigh.

Given our socialised medical system we’re all going to be paying for this in the future one way or the other. I can’t see what the harm is in trying to nudge the problem now rather than waiting till the train wreck.

neanderthalsis said :

And as for the BMI, it is a ridiculous and highly inaccurate measure of weight related health. It basically ranks any individual with above average muscle development, including a great many elite sports people as obese.

The problem with BMI is that it underestimates how many people are obese. Half the obese people in this study had a BMI in the “normal” or “overweight” categories.

Altakoi said :

BMI has some limitations but, really?, the problem is actually that 2/3 of the population are suffering from elite athletic muscle development>

+1
Only 5% of non-obese men have a BMI > 30.

Madam Cholet 10:04 am 14 Oct 13

It’s all about education. My son is 5 and is very active – at his tender age he does swimming, footy, tennis and runs around the back yard like a loony. He also knows, because we tell him often that the food that he gets at a party (not our parties btw), and in the party bag is not everyday food, and that lack of exercise will make you fat. Just because it’s there does not mean you have to buy it.

I reckon that I am part of the last generation who know how to make a meal from scratch without opening a box or packet or calling a take away joint. I’ve said this before on this site, but for a long time I was convinced that judging by the contents of supermarket trolleys, that everybody must be having parties every week. I realised finally that they aren’t – this is how they eat normally. And this is why they are fat. They have no will power to stop buying rubbish. The crime is that they feed it to their kids and clog up hospitals.

Put physical education on the curriculum in a serious way – make it compulsory through the whole of school. It was in my school, and I hated it, but I had to participate.

There is no point in trying to lobby governments to legislate against junk or to battle supermarkets to stop selling crap anywhere in their aisles.

tim_c 9:55 am 14 Oct 13

thebrownstreak69 said :

Perhaps we could let the grown ups choose what they eat, how they exercise and then let them bear the consequences of those choices.

While I strongly agree that the government should not be attempting to control these things (as has been said “the more government tries to do, the less it does of what it should be doing“), I can understand why they might be tempted to (apart from the hunger for ever more control over every aspect of our lives) – obesity increases the risks of a number of other serious health issues which increase the burden on an already struggling healthcare.

johnboy 9:54 am 14 Oct 13

If they’re worried about the workplaces better look hard at the morning teas!

Altakoi 9:52 am 14 Oct 13

And as for the BMI, it is a ridiculous and highly inaccurate measure of weight related health. It basically ranks any individual with above average muscle development, including a great many elite sportspeople as obese.

BMI has some limitations but, really?, the problem is actually that 2/3 of the population are suffering from elite athletic muscle development>

BimboGeek 9:50 am 14 Oct 13

Are you guys actually body builders or are you making excuses for yourself? BMI is a first order estimation to help you figure out if you should have that looked into by your doctor. Another example is your absolute waist measurement.

My BMI is presently about 24. If you’re heavier than a six and a half months pregnant lady you’re probably aware why.

Anyway if you rtfa you’ll see nobody is trying to force anybody to do anything, just addressing the concerns of many desk dwellers who complain “this job is making me fat!” I ended up getting out, better if they can keep their talent.

johnboy 9:48 am 14 Oct 13

I do like the idea to extend the health assessments to the private sector.

On the one hand this will give the red tape reduction taskforce something to put its teeth into.

On the other hand if we make the obese unemployable they’ll all have to move elsewhere and the targets will be reached thanks to massive discrimination!

thebrownstreak69 9:45 am 14 Oct 13

Perhaps we could let the grown ups choose what they eat, how they exercise and then let them bear the consequences of those choices.

Thumper 9:45 am 14 Oct 13

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

Who flicked the switch to vaudeville?

Roundhead89 9:41 am 14 Oct 13

I love the ad for Pizza Capers on this page 😀

neanderthalsis 9:23 am 14 Oct 13

Here’s some ideas:
–Replace all chairs with exercise bikes which partially power computers, if you want to spend time on e-bay, facebook or RiotACT, then you have to work for it.

–Deactivate all lifts so they have to use the stairs.

–Install vending machines that only have celery, carrot and water.

While I do applaud efforts to encourage people to be more healthy, I don’t consider it a role of government to tell me what I should eat, what exercise i should do and what I should weigh.

And as for the BMI, it is a ridiculous and highly inaccurate measure of weight related health. It basically ranks any individual with above average muscle development, including a great many elite sportspeople as obese.

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