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Is Healthy Eating an Individual Choice or Government Responsibility – Individual

The government is responsible for a lot of things, but it’s not responsible for what you put in your mouth, and hopefully it never will be. Parents make the nutritional choices for children until their offspring are old enough to make their own food choices, once they know about how the body works, and which foods are good and bad. It’s an individual choice, and that is how it should remain, even if the individuals concerned don’t always put their nutritional knowledge into practice when choosing the foods they eat.

Of course, those height and weight charts are the real problem. You’re exactly the right weight, it’s just that you should be 7’4″ tall, not 5′ 2″. And of course, those tablets that you take don’t help, do they? If that’s your thinking, you are in denial, big time. It’s not the tablets, or the charts, or the fast food restaurants, or even your ancestors or some exotic medical condition that’s made you obese. it’s you, by yourself, alone – unless you’re one of the few people who are overweight due to genetic or hormonal problems. And the sooner you accept this, the sooner you can break the vicious circle and begin to show your body the respect it deserves.

It doesn’t have to be expensive to eat healthily, and it’s not rocket science either. Just base your menus around healthy foods, and be careful how you cook them, and what you add to them. You don’t need a government body to help you to do that – it’s basic nutritional knowledge and basic cooking skills combined with a large serving of common sense.

It is quick and easy to serve poached fish or chicken with vegetables. Use your imagination and the herbs and condiments in your store cupboard to give interesting and delicate flavours to your food. It doesn’t take much longer to produce a healthy meal than to microwave a TV dinner, and at least you know what you’re putting into your body.

It’s the only body you’ve got, and it’s a bit like a car. If you treat it with respect and run it on quality fuel, it will go on for years, serving you faithfully. But if you run it into the ground and skimp on the maintenance, it will be in the breaker’s yard sooner than you think. You don’t expect the government to tell you how to take care of your car – in fact you’d label them authoritarian if they did. So don’t expect them to take responsibility for your most precious possession of all – your body.