Obesity is the worst epidemic to affect the UK for 100 years and the only solution is for people to eat less, a former surgeon has said.
Conservative peer Lord McColl of Dulwich said politicians refused to admit that the cause of obesity was over-eating and claimed ministers were “misleading” people by suggesting it could be tackled through exercise.
His comments came during a debate in the House of Lords on non-communicable diseases, on 6 October 2011.
Lord McColl said: “It’s killing millions, it’s costing billions and the cure is free – eat less.”
He went on: “What a strange world it is. Half the world is dying of starvation, the other half is gorging itself to death.”
Lord McColl, you do not have the slightest fucking idea what you are talking about.
Over-eating is NOT the cause of obesity, it is simply a cause. If you’re too stupid to understand the difference, perhaps you should think twice before you open your mouth. Even in the USA, where over-eating is a national obsession – both worrying about it and indulging in it – it is NOT the only cause of obesity. Might well be the major cause, but that should not blind anyone, especially in your position, to the fact that there are other causes to be considered. Take my case – I wish someone would!
I am clinically obese, even though I’m losing weight steadily, and a HUGE amount of my excess weight is retained fluid – almost 50lb of it lost so far this year.
You simply cannot, Lord Numbnuts, tell simply by looking whether a person’s excess weight was caused by over-eating, excessive beer drinking, medical reasons, disability, or any of a myriad conditions, including genetic, not linked to over-eating.
Enforced inactivity makes one fat – as a former doctor you should know that – or maybe you do, but simply care little for the truth when there’s a sound-bite at stake?
I, for example, have been overweight for well over a decade. Diets don’t work, and eating one small meal a day since about 2000 – 800 – 1,000kcals a day on average – has had no effect either. Only megadosing on diuretics has had any effect at all, with a total fluid loss of, as I said, around 50lb – that’s 40 pints of fluid. And there is, I believe, some way to go yet. And were I to eat less, I would barely be able to function – my energy levels are savagely depleted as it is.
There is, too, a degree of conventional weight gain, it could hardly be otherwise given my extremely limited activity level, but substantial disability since 1985 has contributed hugely to that, including a long-standing heart problem that was missed, even denied, by a succession of doctors until finally being diagnosed this year, and is now killing me. So pardon me all to hell if I’m not a cheer-leader for your immensely short-sighted, ill-considered, ideas.
And that’s just me. There are millions of other disabled people, and many are overweight because exercise is quite beyond them, just as it’s beyond me. Walking from this computer to the bathroom umpteen times a day – I’m peeing for Britain – is wiping me out, it’s barely possible – and it’s only 8 or 10 normal paces away. Exercise, for me, as even a dimwit like you should be able to understand, is quite impossible.
And then there’s my steroid intake. Oral steroids, admittedly (I have GOLD Stage 4 COPD. along with very much else), but at such a level that I get the same systemic effects as oral steroids – WEIGHT GAIN!
And yet, were I to pass you in the street – in my wheelchair perhaps, or on crutches – your first thought, it appears, would be “God, he needs to eat less!” would it not? Hell, it would probably be your only thought, since you seem not to have considered any other cause.
You, sir, being such a cretinous, closed-minded, ill-informed, oaf are a disgrace to your former profession, and a perfect example of everything that is wrong with an unelected upper chamber – no way of getting rid of the useless buggers incapable of original thought.