Thursday, July 12, 2007


Beauty may not be normally developing in many ways but in some ways she is a typical 6 year old. Yesterday she learnt the trick of swallowing air(does that sound familiar girls?) and making herself belch and I couldn't get her to stop.So in the end, each time she belched I went Argh quite loudly which made her stop and laugh,after about 5 times she stopped belching all together. So Belle which of your sweet little sisters does that remind you of? How are the Kansas Crows? I hope you had a good time in Kansas.

Yesterday I mistakenly thought the British summer had started,it was sunny all day and then late evening and through the night it started to rain. Even as a child I remember most summers having sunny days and rain showers at night but then perhaps that is just a south east Wales things. But the rain didn't stop , it continued all through the night and it is still raining and overcast so no sports day. Obviously Beauty does not anticipate in the same was as a normally developing child and she is not disappointed BUT I am.Sad Woman!
As a child I used to love things such as Sports day and School trips and Christmas parties and to nave them cancelled or postponed was a terrible disappointment. Perhaps tomorrow.

Fat taxes 'could save thousands'
Tax would apply to foods high in fat
More than 3,000 fatal heart attacks and strokes could be prevented in the UK each year if VAT was slapped on a vast range of foods, say Oxford researchers.

A 17.5% rise on fatty, sugary or salty food would cut heart and stroke deaths by 1.7%, the study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health said.

One of the researchers declared the time was right to debate a "fat tax".

How could 'FAT TAXES' save thousands?
Supermarkets such as ASDA(WALMART) and TESCO bring punters into their stores by advertising their LOSS LEADERS.
For example, supermarkets have their VALUE RANGES where everything is cheaper to bring the punters into the store. But the price of the products is below the market value so even if you added extra taxes it wouldn't hurt the punters pockets and who is to say the addition would even be passed on to the punter!
So what should the government do to deal with the situation?
Insist that all produce is LOW FAT, LOW SUGAR and LOW SALT-make all food a HEALTHY OPTION.The only people to benefit from a fat tax would be the government and can you see those added taxes being passed onto the people in the form of health care to counter act their unhealthy lifestyle?

Did you know that IKEA sell a Mexican Chili Wrap in their restaurant which has over 2,500 calories in it?

Look what NHS Direct says

How many calories do I need a day?

The recommended daily calorie intake varies depending on how old you are. For the average adult this is about 2000 per day (women) and 2500 per day (men). These calories should be made up of foods from the main food groups.If you're trying to lose weight you could start by eating 500 less calories per day. This should help as long as your diet is well-balanced and you're getting lots of exercise.The recommended daily calorie intake is different for children, pregnant women and older people. See your GP for advice.

Over 2,500 calories in a wrap should be made illegal.

That is just criminal.


Steve said...

Our boy has also acquired the knack for swallowing air so that he can burp on command. I'm quite envious as it is a trick I never mastered. I'm sure he'll be belching the National Anthem by Christmas.

Fatty food tax? Hmm. Smacks of nanny state-ism to me. People need to be educated not taxed even more. If the money from these taxes actually went direct to the the NHS I'd be less belligerent about it but we all know they get sidelined and deposited elsewhere...

Anonymous said...

My eldest burps on command. I think it's a stage they all go through. His "normal" friends all taught him... sigh.... :)

They keep threatening a "fat" tax here too and I'm with Steve, if it actually went into health care and not general revenues... maybe I'd say "sure". He's also correct that it's education, not a stick that's needed.


Unknown said...

I'm waiting for the day when your health insurance will refuse you because you're overweight.


If the NHS stops health care for the overweight then I've got no chance. I have never smoked, I can count the times I have drunk alcohol but I certainly eat and my BMI says that I am overweight.I have an unusual body build, I take after my DAD, in fact my brother and I are like 2 peas in a pod.I have the bone structure and build of a man, tall, wide shoulders and no hips.I look like a shot putter!When Sir Steve Redgrave was competing his BMI said he was obese,I personally think there are issues with the BMI and they should find a new calculation to help show good health.
I really do not think a fat tax would work,it is definitely all about education.
And how would a fat tax benefit me?
My addictions are bread and potatoes and no government would get away with adding taxes to those staples.




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