Healthism or Harassment?

The push to be healthy, to get healthy has taken it’s next step. In fact, the anti-smoker movement has been so successful that the health movement has just jumped to the highest levels, skipping over all the small incremental steps that the tobacco control movement carefully took in order to not alert the masses as to their true intention of total control of your lifestyle choices.

The health movement is just forging full-steam ahead, by-passing years of “letting the masses slowly adapt and get used to being told what to do” and just jumping right on board the “bullying train”.

When I read this on Junkfood Science this morning, I had to read it twice as I wasn’t sure I was reading it clearly. While this is happening right now in the UK, you can bet your booty that some ‘do-gooder’ fool here is planning the same thing.

The logic of public health

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Fat-buster street nurses are being sent out into the community as part of the latest initiative of public health officials at the NHS Ayrshire and Arran. According to the news coverage, people are happy to discuss their weight with a nurse off the street; answer questions about their private lifestyles, smoking and drinking habits; be referred to weight loss meetings; and even have the street nurse contact their doctor.

Convincing the public that “everyone else thinks this is okay, so you should to” is a common marketing approach, employing the bandwagon effect. But is it evidence of sound public health policy?

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Read the FULL STORY here.

I’m not sure what’s more disturbing to me here; the audacity of anyone to think they have some right to confront strangers they think are overweight and question them; that the NHS is sending its nurses out to harass those who they think don’t meet the NHS “standard”, while also crying about a nursing/doctor shortage (see HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE);or the fact that the NHS in spending taxpayer money to harass the taxpayers while suffering serious financial deficits (see HERE, HERE and HERE).

Since when was it “public health’s” job to intrude into our personal lives to try to force us to comply with their standards? This “one size fits all” mentality is going to kill us faster than any “pandemic” they can invent.

What is it with all these do-gooders lately that they think no one is intelligent enough to figure out what to do or where to go IF and WHEN they decide they want to change something about themselves? What is it with the push to try to force…..er I mean convince…..us to live our lives their way?

Something else that is equally wasteful of an NHS Trust’s funds in one district is this one Trust that is going to spend £75,000 to have a handful of “young people” approach smokers they see smoking to try to convince them to quit.

Excuse me…………but anyone who really wants to quit, already knows how and will do so when they are good and ready. Smokers have been taxed to the hilt, with higher taxes always on the horizon, thrown out to the streets, and now they are to be harassed by some self-righteous brat?

‘Smoking police’ hit the streets to shock people into quitting

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 12:26 PM on 17th September 2008

Smokers

Smokers will soon be stopped and asked to take a breath test to try to shock them into quitting

Smokers will be stopped in the street and asked to take a carbon monoxide test in London’s most hard-hitting anti-smoking campaign.

‘Smoking police’ will target people at betting shops, bus stops and shopping centres to shock them into giving up cigarettes.

They will be asked to breathe into a monitor to show how much carbon monoxide is in their bodies, and could then be signed up to local stop-smoking services and given access to counsellors.

Pro-smoking group Forest described the campaign as a humiliating infringement of civil liberties.

Ealing Primary Care Trust, which is funding the £75,000 scheme, said it could help 2,400 people to give up.

~snip~Forest spokesman Neil Rafferty said: ‘It shows the authorities think they have a blank cheque to treat smokers how they want – to harass, humiliate and victimise them.

‘This is an outrageous abuse of freedom and privacy. It is the health Nazi equivalent of chuggers.’

Read the FULL STORY here.

Now, not for nothing, but measuring the carbon monoxide level in a smoker standing outside, on the street, breathing in all the automotive exhaust and trying to claim that it is ONLY their smoking causing that is just outright stupid, not to mention deceitful. Care to bet that the non-smokers standing on the street also have a good amount of carbon monoxide in them also? This is just plain outright harassment and persecution of smokers.

That so many condone it is appalling.

You have to ask yourself………………….WHERE DOES IT STOP?

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~ by swfreedomlover on September 17, 2008.

One Response to “Healthism or Harassment?”

  1. The antis nauseate me. The social upheaval they are creating is based on junk science. That it is being promoted by the mass media and payed for by the pharmaceutical industry is abominable. Whatever happened to the truth? Whatever happened to liberty? I’m glad I’m a senior citizen. I won’t have to put up with this crap much longer.

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