If our kids are fat and unfit, where will we find the players for future All Black teams?

September 28, 2011

Dressed to kill but too fat to fight.

Officials obviously are keen to read what Alf has to say on this and that, and – in this case – what he has to say about child health matters.

Within days of your favourite MP blogging on the topic, we have evidence to affirm that children living within easy walking or cycling distance of school are continuing to be driven there despite increasing efforts to curb New Zealand’s alarming childhood obesity rates.

Stuff tells us today of a 2006-07 study that found that one in five Kiwi children was overweight and one in 12 was obese.

But the fresh news is:

Less than 40 per cent of Wellington children living within five kilometres of their schools walk or bike each day, as busy lives and safety concerns drive parents and their kids into cars, survey results from Greater Wellington regional council show.

Half of those being driven to school live within 2km, according to the study of 27 schools.

Alf could regale you with recollections of his walking 20 km to and from school each day in bare feet, sometimes in snow and often in rain, although this would be a gross fabrication of the sort more typically generated by Labour and Green politicians.

But he did walk to and from school.

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Just look at Don Brash before blaming junk food for the rising obesity levels among today’s school kids

September 23, 2011

Billy Bunter was a rare exception when Alf went to Greyfriars.

Dunno if similar work has been done in NZ, but Alf was cheered to learn that someone has studied the trend towards driving kids to school and sparing them the effort of getting there the hard way.

Back in Alf’s schooldays we walked to school or we got there on a bike.

Bloody good exercise. And this – he reckons – explains at least partly why the brats who are driven to school by molly-coddling parents are becoming a generation of tubbies.

He is fortified in this thinking after stumbling on the work of an American researcher who has looked into this and reported her findings in a paper headed Active Transportation to School: Trends Among U.S. Schoolchildren, 1969–2001

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Sense and sensibilities – the case of a rebuffed fatty who cried foul at frankly expressed dieting advice

February 11, 2010

Alf has some sympathy with the “foul-mouthed” surgeon who was reprimanded for swearing at a severely obese patient and for punishing her by removing her from a waiting list.

The doctor, known as “Dr B”, told his gastric bypass patient, “Ms A”, that she was “going on a f****** diet” after she complained she disliked the word “diet” and preferred to talk about “lifestyle”.

He had put the Maori 44-year-old on a list to be considered for surgery after a tense consultation last April at which he used forms of the F word at least three times.

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Brits opt for compulsory fat checks

April 7, 2009

Looks like the Nanny State in Britain is cranking up its assault on fatties.

Everyone aged between 40 and 74 will be called in to their GP for a ‘fat test’ and prescribed weight management and exercise if they are found to be overweight, under a new Government drive on obesity.

The checks will involve taking height and weight measurements and plotting body mass index .

The NHS Health Checks aim to identify an individual’s risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and kidney disease with a personal assessment and tailored advice.

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Fat chance they’ll wean Alf from butter

March 14, 2009

The “food miles” concept, encouraging people to buy local foods rather than foods shipped in from afar to reduce carbon emissions, isn’t the only threat to this country’s dairy exports to Britain.

The Food Standards Agency there recently launched a multimillion pound advertising campaign featuring TV adverts and cooking tips to encourage consumers to cut down on their saturated fat intake.

More ominously, an outfit called The Fat Panel – which is leading a sort of culinary temperance movement – has struck a blow against butter by urging consumers to beware of the recipes from celebrity chefs.

It reckons a single serving from a recipe by Nigella Lawson, Gordon Ramsay and Rick Stein can contain more than 100 per cent of the recommended daily allowance of saturated fat. Swapping butter for margarine or a vegetable oil spread would reduce the fat content of some recipes by at least half, they advise.
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Fatties’ guide to sexual bliss

January 24, 2009

Alf doubts too many of his constituents will need advice to fatties for improving their sex lives. But maybe they know someone who does need it.

If that be so, purely as a public service he suggests they check out this item from the Times of India, which lures tubbies to read more by asking

Is your potbelly an obstruction during intimate moments with partner? Are thunder thighs causing discomfort in sexual pleasure, keeping you away from a gratifying sex life?

If these worries hound you every time you gear up for a steamy sex session, then refer to our sex guide to help you out!

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