Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Food for thought

I think obesity is a problem, but I think Japan's practice of policing it is frightening. It's something to think about when considering government and health care. It might give the government a rationale to further tweak our bodies for better or worse. Considering the close ties between the food industry and government and the laughable piece of clip art that passes for a food pyramid...I think it's a reason to worry.

1 comment:

Anna said...

I agree wholeheartedly. I have some knowledge of the UK's NHS (my husband grew up in England English; my elderly MIL and SIL live in London and use the NHS). Not everything is wonderful about the NHS (acute trauma care is pretty good, but treatment of hypothyroidism and some other chronic metabolic conditions can be downright awful, in particular). NHS doctors have little power to practice as they see fit.

While there is a lot I would like to change about the US system of health care (sick care?), I no longer want something quite as "nanny-ish" as the UK's universal health care.

My husband's relatives in Norway seem to have a better way of providing access *and* good care. They choose their care providers and pay for service, but claim the expenses on their taxes. Tax adjustments based on income make health care affordable and available to everyone. They have the quality of life statistics to back it up, too. And the elderly people in Norway are far more healthy than in the US. I see them riding bikes up hills that would make me pant. And not "for exercise's sake", either - that's how they get around.