Recently one of our well-known economists spoke out about the public needing to take responsibility for their life-style decisions and how their health is affected. Specifically he related this to the burden chronic disease places on our public health system. Like other western countries, New Zealand has a free public health system paid for from our taxes (and a large amount of borrowing). Also, as with much of the world, the recession hasn’t gone unnoticed in our public and private finances. Our economist pointed out that bad life-style decisions resulting in bad health overwhelm our hospitals and health system not only costing the country a lot of money but causing disadvantage to other areas where there is less ‘fault’ (or none at all). Alcohol, smoking and obesity/diabetes all were included.
I think he is a brave man. Someone needed to have the courage to say what he did, now we need the politicians to demonstrate some measure of courage, too (and the public to exercise responsibility and accountability).
I mention this and include the link only because it relates to the documentary. I certainly don’t belong to any nutritional vigilante brigade. However, I do agree with his final paragraph, “You are what you eat.”
To your good health