Personal Responsibility vs Nanny State



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A video today inspired by this post here:


https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/uk-news/government-rules-major-uk-supermarket-19532983?fbclid=IwAR0rpEEm43HmYmIVqiOvzc_zJCa8rPgR34SFErZbYzXtOwPci6DA31zHJtE


"From April 2022, offers and promotions on foods that are deemed "unhealthy" will be restricted under plans to tackle Britain's obesity crisis."


For me, this is a conflict (of sorts) based on the title I've given the video. It calls into questions who's responsibility it is for our health? Why now? How long have supermarkets been able to 'get away' with this marketing strategy that plays on our tendencies for a bargain or good deal, setting things up to prey on our impulse decisions?


The goal, to tackle obesity in the UK, I think is a humane one, but do these kind of top-level decisions counter that? Will people be educated on what is healthy/unhealthy with this move? Will it have an effect in the grand scheme of things? Is it enough?


When you ask the question is it enough, it can go in a multitude of ways, do we ask for more to be done on our behalf? More restrictions? Or do we educate ourselves, take personal responsibility for our health? Walk into the shop aware that they're trying to sell what profits them, not what benefits you?


How achievable is that latter point? Do decisions like the one in the article heighten peoples curiosity and get them asking questions about their health? Does it, in fact, help?


Lot's of this is discussed in the video - and it's still open to discussion, we do have more obesity, we do have an attraction to fast/simple/quick food that isn't necessarily healthy for us, we do (or I do) find it hard to learn how to make healthier foods and I for sure have fell victim to buying things I wouldn't of lest a deal were there for the taking. Also after a hard day at work, we sometimes reach out for comfort foods that are minimal effort so we can stick our feet up... I'd wager that the problem of obesity is complex, more complex than what this 2022 decision can counter, but maybe it is a starting point...


What do you think?


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