Steve Field, Chairman of the Royal College of GP's, has pronounced a damning report on the health of British citizens, singling out smokers, drinkers and - oh yes - eaters (that should cover just about everyone, then.)
Whilst suggesting that the responsibility lies with the individual (be they single or parent), the utterances continue to perpetuate the myth that Government and Authority has overall control of the nations feeding and leisure habits.
The Professor also fails to note that the health of the nation has never been better.
Cloned beef products, GM crops , rise of pensionable age, crumbling inner cities and towns, lack of employment, saturated fats, aspartame and E-additives are studiously ignored in the announcement.
Smoking and drinking remain legal in the country - because there is a goodly amount of tax generated from it. Children continue to be bombarded with adverts for junk food. In fact, the Government is held ransom by the food manufacturers so it seems unlikely that we are to see a reduction in giant fast food chains , though we can certainly expect an attack on independent outlets. To be fair, preaching is also legal, which is unfortunate in this instance.
The verbiage used by Government Spokesman, Professor Field, is graphic and insensitive- comparing smoking near to children as 'child abuse.'
Possibly the role of GP's (when you can get to see one, that is) is to be there when we need them, not the other way around.
Full Medical Dossier HERE