Thursday, 28 July 2011

And so it begins...denormalising food

And the first target is the humble hotdog:

...a new billboard erected near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway issues a stark warning to the legions of weiner lovers who show up for races.

The sign, erected by a watchdog group that has long promoted vegan diets, shows hot dogs poking out of a cigarette package emblazoned with a skull and crossbones and reads "Warning: Hot dogs can wreck your health".

And there it is the poster of hotdogs made to look like cigarettes with the packet emblazoned with a skull and crossed bones - hot dogs kill!

The poster - billboard to the yanks - is the work of a group called the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Nannying fussbucketry US-style!

"A hot dog a day could send you to an early grave," Susan Levin, a registered dietitian who serves as nutrition education director of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, said in a written statement.

"Processed meats like hot dogs can increase your risk for diabetes, heart disease, and various types of cancer. Like cigarettes, hot dogs should come with a warning label that helps racing fans and other consumers understand the health risk."

And so the process begins - this warning advertising will be followed by calls for advertising bans to children, then a wider ban, followed of course by stopping the terrible link between healthy sport and toxic hotdogs. And the nannying fussbuckets at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine - and elsewhere - will still demand more until hotdogs are no longer. The choice to eat processed pig meat dripping with fat in a dry long bud and smeared with something approximating to mustard will be taken from us - only the evilly irresponsible with indulge and that will be out of sight where they can't corrupt the rest of us clean living folk. Especially the children.

It may take a while though if the reactions in Dallas are anything to go by:

Back at Coley’s Dallas eatery, Emily Comer is a weekly regular. She said moderation is her mantra and she’s not concerned.

“I couldn't care less,” she said.

Others in line seemed to agree.



Dick Puddlecote said...

It's definitely one to watch for the future as food isn't going to get away with it, but I saw this yesterday and have come across the cranks behind this before.

They're a bunch of vegan doctors who are funded by PETA and equally loopy. About the same gravitas as scientologists. ;)

Pat Nurse MA said...

And that's what they thought of the anti-smoker groups in the early days ... and we know how's that's ended. Extremism, denormalisation of normal people who have been and continue to be excluded for not following the faith. The nutjobs just need funding and politicians wishing to believe in the new religion and before you know where you're at it, it's law.

Anonymous said...

But after using the nutjob's and obsessives to open the way and get the discussion going, the real interests can step in and save the day.

Now they've got down to "no safe level", with nicotine, a common plant chemical in nightshade vegetables to the fore, I've been waiting for Monsanto to step in and offer us nicotine free vegetables.

"Many commonly and widely consumed vegetables of the nightshade family (Solanaceae)
such as potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants and capsicums naturally contain low levels of nicotine.
Nicotine has also been detected in cauliflower and tea – two non-solanaceous plants."

"The option was raised to prevent foods such as the nightshades, known to naturally contain low levels of nicotine, from being banned."

They'll hold the patent of course.

No safe level looks so much less scary written like this -

"The Committee considered that, despite the long history of human consumption of plants containing glycoalkaloids, the available epidemiological and experimental data from human and laboratory animal studies did not permit the determination of a safe level of intake.

The Committee recognized that the development of empirical data to support such a level would require considerable effort."


Anonymous said...

I am sure the Sausage sizzle mums and dads will be impressed by yet another govt funded attack on our way of life. Time to start a non-profit orginisation and get good at grant applications too.. If you cant beat them, join them