Life is a death sentence

In our occasional forays into the world of food and drink there are two interesting ripostes to some peer reviewed health reports.

A Lancet analysis revealed that if rising life expectancy means years in good health, then health expenditure is expected to increase by only 0.7% of GDP by 2060.

Unfortunately it is entirely understandable that prescription medicine may well be a threat to health.

So,first- that Low Carb Study.

Did the study claiming that carbohydrate is good for you really add up? This is certainly worth five minutes of your time:-

And the other idea is that the cost of an ageing population is, in itself, a threat to the welfare system.

It is clearly not an ageing population as such, but an UNHEALTHY ageing population that is indeed a threat.

So that means that we must sort out the food and drink industry, which is, as ever, socialising the profits, and nationalising the losses.

So really we ought to grasp, horrific as though it might be, that we are all going to die – but we need – in the sense that it will be good for us, good for society and good for our overall resources, to die in the best possible way, and that means above all, without long term illness, which is something which is highly expensive in resources.

I’d suggest that the food and drink trade should receive controlling legislation in order to support, not just a long life for their consumers -which is actually all of us – but also their best future – and indeed in the broadest general terms.

So this means, not so much a long life – although there is no reason why that should not also be the case, but specifically, a healthy life.

Until it actually ends.

Which seems to me, justifies the heading.



  1. Ivan Horrocks -

    Excellent and really topical blog, Peter. And the video on the so called ‘low carb’ research really is an eye opener. I wouldn’t even approve a questionnaire on what people ate that covered more than one week for any student I have on my MSc research module, so goodness knows how the people who conducted this research got away with it.

    But anyway, agree entirely on your points about the food and drinks industry: they take the profits and pass the costs of people eating their unhealthy food onto society in general. There can’t be a government in the world that doesn’t realise that – if there is then the people in it must be dim, ignorant or seriously naive – or ‘bought off’ in one way or another by the lobbying efforts of the food and drinks industry. The latter is the reality, of course, as was the case with the tobacco industry – and still is in some parts of the world. Sadly, I see no change in this dynamic until a new breed of courageous politician emerges, and as I don’t see much evidence of that happening either we reamain stuck in a catastrophic downward spiral – as we are with so many other policy issues, of course. That’s the fundamental nature of the neoliberal world we’re doomed to live in: the many pay for the excesses, greed and injustice created by the few.

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