Today, the discount retailer Lidl has decided to ban sweets from checkouts at its 600 stores.
The replacements of fruit, nuts, other snacks deemed healthy don't attract the little ones to the same degree. Despite the store's motive of pleasing the customer rather than caring about their welfare, health campaigners are pleased.
But many factors contribute to obesity, not just overeating. For instance the autoimmune disorder of diabetes 1. I'm told that once the virus takes hold, your immune system goes nuts, you say goodbye to insulin producing cells and accept regular injections. You are helpless to prevent it. It has nothing to do with diet.
There are also people with type 2 diabetes who contracted the condition for reasons other than eating poorly. Genetic factors play a role, as does suffering from various medical conditions or taking certain medications.
So, take a pause before pointing fingers at obese people.
Researchers from the University of Sheffield have identified obese groups as:
young healthy females,
the affluent and healthy elderly,
the physically sick but happy elderly,
the unhappy and anxious middle-aged,
and those with the poorest health.
I think I come under group number 4. I quickly deny being obese. I've just expanded around the middle in an alarming way.
But wait—obesity has some benefits according to a BBC News report. Being overweight 'reduces dementia risk'. The story comes from a cohort study of nearly 2 million UK adults aged over 40. It showed that being overweight or obese was linked to a lower risk of dementia.
Meanwhile, a new population modelling study published by The Times estimates what was once regarded as elderly should be seen as middle-aged, due to our increased lifespan. They say this trend will continue into the future. Let's see: that makes our final age 120 according to my reckoning. Oh—maybe they are just referring to a modern 60 year-old's vigorous approach to life.
So—lets get this straight. We can choose between … oh, it's too complicated.
Just be happy with your body, while making sure you're as healthy as possible.