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Is it irresponsible to cut the prices of popular products?

“Tesco today found itself under siege from both sweet-toothed shoppers and horrified anti-obesity experts after slashing the price of chocolate bars to 20p. In a move to win back customers following a Christmas slump, the supermarket chain has slashed the price of five-packs of Snickers, KitKat Chunky, Twix, Mars and Bounty to just £1. The deal means each bar costs just 20p – while bars sold individually in the shop can cost up to 54p.”

And the reaction?

” To have this kind of promotion at this time when obesity is such as problem is frankly totally irresponsible,’ said National Obesity Forum spokesman Tam Fry. (Great surname…DV)

Tesco is not forcing anyone to buy chocolate, a little self control will suffice.  I really don’t see why this is a big deal either way! Chocolate lovers get a bargain – that is surely a good thing for them. But the Health Nazis are never far away.

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13 thoughts on “BLOOD AND CHOCOLATE….

  1. It’s a big deal because the Tam Frys of the world are forever terrified that someone, somewhere, is having a good time.

    Yes, children are becoming fatter. In part because welfare fuels the fast food/processed muck which is stuffed down their gobs and, in part, because the officially approved national diet (high-carb, low-fat) is guaranteed to make anyone overweight and unhealthy.

  2. And in part because many kids and adults don’t engage in physical work or play like they used to.

    America ( especially in many suburbs ) is a very sedentary place for many now. Why walk to the store when you can drive? Why play sports when you’ve got X Box?

    Calories are only half the equation.

  3. Yes, exercise and fresh air is the other half. Tens of thousands of years of evolution mean it’s natural and necessary for us to move. Children are full of energy to enable them to do so. Increasingly you see people around who look incapable of doing so.

  4. This is one area where New York does way better than the rest of the country

    See Why New Yorkers Last Longer

    We walk more than other Americans, and live longer too!

    The thing is, as Simonsick points out, New York is literally designed to force people to walk, to climb stairs—and to do it quickly. Driving in the city is maddening, pushing us onto the sidewalks and up and down the stairs to the subways. What’s more, our social contract dictates that you should move your ass when you’re on the sidewalk, so as not to annoy your fellow walkers. (A recent ranking of cities found that New York has the fastest pedestrians in the country.) As Simonsick sees it, the very structure of the city coerces us to exercise far more than people elsewhere in the U.S., in a way that is strongly correlated with a far-better life expectancy. Every city block doubles as a racewalking track, every subway station, a StairMaster. Seen this way, the whole city looks like a massive exercise machine dedicated to improving our health while we run errands.

  5. Tesco is not forcing anyone to buy chocolate

    Correct. Tesco is trying to put the remaining small shopkeepers out of business. It has form in this, let’s face it, aided and abetted by planners who are quite happy to see the high streets die. Tesco is Britain’s Wallmart, and it was such a laugh to see that it is now being attacked by internet sales. It had a disastrous last quarter.

    But it will remain a Rightworld hero, an undiluted force for good, just like Wallmart. The lower the wages, the more they cheer. Just keep that Chinese trade flowing.

  6. Peter wrote….Tesco is Britain’s Wallmart,

    Nope that would be Asda’s.

    Allan wrote….What Tesco are flogging off to the ignoranti is what they deserve – a cloying, low-grade, junk food.

    Here here. I prefer that 70% cocoa solid stuff myself, no veg fat in sight. And only a small square now and then as it’s very rich.

  7. What’s more, our social contract dictates that you should move your ass when you’re on the sidewalk, so as not to annoy your fellow walkers.

    (A recent ranking of cities found that New York has the fastest pedestrians in the country.)


    Believe it or not I read a survey a while back that showed Dubliners walk faster than New Yorkers.

    I can attest to the accuracy of that study since I’ve lived in or very close to both cities.

    Most tourists don’t see it but after you’ve lived in Ireland a while (especially the East Coast) you’ll discover the Irish cultural trait of “scurrying”.

    Both walkers and motor vehicle drivers climb up the back of people or (tailgate) and try to either bully them to go faster of get out of the way.

    Since it’s a National cultural trait the natives don’t notice it. They believe the “roach-walk” it’s a normal pace.

  8. Allan,

    That is indeed chocolate. Yum!

    The rubbish sold in the UK bears little resemblance to the real thing. I seem to recall Cadbury getting into a tiffin with the EU. Apparently there’s so little cocoa in a Cadbury’s product that it doesn’t merit the appellation “chocolate”.

    Shame we can’t enjoy chocolate the way the French do. They’ll have a square of (real) chocolate after a meal. One square. Here, the fatties will wolf down a whole bar—or even a box—at all times of day.

    And about 20% of the NHS budget goes towards treating obesity. Something’s seriously wrong here.

    But hey, I should talk. I pigged out over Christmas. From a trim 30″ waist I ballooned out to a repugnant THIRTY-TWO INCHES. I can’t leave the house any more 🙁

  9. Richard,
    this is for you then..

    Oh yes, I figured out what you do for a living. You said you’re highly paid to make people look their best:

    you’re a mortician ain’tcha!

  10. The lower the wages, the more they cheer.

    I bet Tesco pays shop assistants more that the average high street store does.

  11. “The lower the wages, the more they cheer.”

    Advocates for ‘corporation’ tax ought to cheer. It is paid mainly by employees.

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