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As we are informed on a daily basis, many people here in Northern Ireland are starving and have to go to the Food Bank just to get a few meagre supplies. Quite. So read on…

Ambulance vehicles in Northern Ireland are being adapted to deal with obese patients up to 63 stone amid warnings the obesity crisis here is growing.

New figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show there are now more than 800 ambulances – often costing about £100,000 each – across the UK which have either been designed or adapted to deal with patients weighing more than 50 stone (318kg).

So. Ambulances adapted to deal with the 63stone patient even as the Nation starves. The lies being peddled by the Left with regard to the imagined “Poverty Crisis” are outrageous. The truth is people have never eaten MORE than they do these days. Yes, some may consumer VAST amounts of junk food and choose NOT to exercise but please to suggest we are starving is entirely at odds with reality.

 

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29 thoughts on “THE FAT OF THE LAND…

  1. Obesity is also closely related to poor diet and eating cheap shitty processed food, a staple of many with limited income

  2. Processed food, including at fast food places is often very cheap

    But an intelligent shopper can ( here anyway ) buy fresh produce and frozen vegetables for very reasonable prices over time.

    You might have to do a bit of cooking, but that’s something all should know how to do anyway

  3. Never been in one Paul, but then I’m a respectable type.

    No matter, a fiver’s worth of rice and vegetables will stretch further than any bag of frozen chicken bits. Look at the fast food you get for a fiver – one meal. Spend a fiver on rice and veg and you have a stir fry for a week.

  4. Never been in one Paul, but then I’m a respectable type

    That would explain your comment above then.

  5. Again, what is the daily source of information that many in NI are starving? I put it to you, there is no daily source of information to that effect.

    Obesity itself is a real issue, and the health professionals have to deal with the situation at hand. Of course when they do some here accuse them of being a nanny state.

  6. Ambulance vehicles in Northern Ireland are being adapted to deal with obese patients up to 63 stone amid warnings the obesity crisis here is growing.

    Is it just possible that the obese do not visit food-banks? They would not supply the junk food that the obese are addicted too, so what would be the point?

  7. There are plenty of slim people who eat junk food and plenty of fat people who do never touch it.

  8. Then the obvious solution is for the food-banks to exclude anyone who is obese. That should keep the Daily Mail happy.

    Food-banks are charities. They get no state help and they exist for a reason.

  9. There is nothing wrong with Iceland – it is a perfectly fine supermarket and you don’t have to buy processed meals to shop there. You can buy packets of frozen veg (for 89p ask Peter Andre ! ) and fish and fresh meat and make several perfectly good meals to last a week for under a tenner.

  10. Colm, Iceland is 95% full of cheap processed food.

    I’m not saying that there’s anything wrong with it but you count the cost of buying fish and fresh meat and make several perfectly good meals to last a week for under a tenner for a family and see how how far that goes against buying three frozen pizzas for two or three quid.

  11. Iceland ( the store ) doesn’t have a large selected of frozen vegetables / berries / juices / gelato? Or frozen ravioli and other pastas? These womderful things are only 5% of the stores? They’re more than 5% of my store.

    Some of the frozen meals I see in the US – which would be for sale there too – is quality processed food – meals of restaurant quality that a busy person can microwave. I don’t look down on this.

    Nor do I look down on the minimally processed frozen fish filets.

    The availability of quality frozen food has generally been a huge boon to the world.

    The restaurants ( not fast food places ) you and I go to use frozen foods much of the time, including processed meals, know it or not BTW.

  12. Paul

    I don’t agree that it is 95% processed foods. Yes it has a reputation for its cheap ready meals but from what I observe it also has a fair amount of fresh produce now and at least half of its frozen products are single items like meat , fish and vegetables which are just frozen which is a perfectly fine way of preserving food. Yes you can’t stop those who are determined to buy the £1 pizzas or curries but even the lowest income individuals and families could afford to make decent even meals with items they could purchase at Iceland. Nobody has to spend their lives eating cheap processed ready meals and only they are to blame if they choose to do so.

  13. Is a frozen and breaded single source fish filet in any way bad?

    Is a frozen steak from Iowa or Nebraska in any way bad?

  14. Phantom

    There is a snobbish attitude to certain supermarkets in the UK – Iceland being one of them. It is considered a ‘chav’ supermarket looked down upon as a foodstore only frequented by ‘peasants’ – but there is no such thing as a rubbish supermarket, only bad food choices by consumers and that can happen in any store .

  15. I disagree Colm. I get the impression that both Phantom and you are speaking from an individual perspective but if you put the scenario above to any low income family and it will be processed food every time.

    Is a frozen and breaded single source fish filet in any way bad?

    No but when it’s processed with colourants, preservatives and any other matter of shit yes.

    Same answer to the steak.

  16. Colm, I don’t share that opinion of Iceland. I’m merely using it as an example of a highly popular choice for frozen processed food.

  17. but if you put the scenario above to any low income family and it will be processed food every time.

    Maybe they will Paul but then they can’t complain that they can’t afford to eat properly or that it’s society’s fault that they have to eat ‘cheap processed rubbish’

  18. I make the point Colm in terms that the cheaper processed food will go further for the low income family.

  19. It is noted that highly processed food ( sausage, puddings,cold cuts , hot dogs, burgers, instant potatooes, rice pilaf in a box, ready made gravy, Tang fake orange juice ) has been a big part of the English / Irish / American diet for a really long time.

    Some food snobs ( i do not now speak of Paul ) will pretend that this is something that is in any way new. It most certainly is not.

    And again some microwavable meals are actually good, and include decent quality vegetables.

    http://www.villabertolli.com/products/bertolli-shrimp-asparagus-penne

    I bet that those who eat bad frozen food now would eat bad non frozen food if Iceland or refrigeration never existed.

  20. Paul

    I don’t agree. The packets of vegetables and frozen meats/fish will go further and be cheaper than buying individual processed meals for each member of the family. The truth is a lot of this is not about cheapness but ‘convenience’. People who can’t be bothered to cook a meal from scratch but just want to heat something up ready to eat.

  21. Saying ” they couldn’t be bothered ” is food snobbery.

    A lot of people –parents and school age kids –are busy.

    People at work – are busy. I will often nuke a small frozen meal ( or a package of frozen veg ) esp when its busy and I can’t go outside at lunch.

    And esp in the wintertime it is fantastic to have frozen vegetables that can be easily prepared. It makes more sense to ship it frozen than to airlift fresh vegetables in February from Argentina.

    Frozen vegetables are great – those who use them ( everyone here I bet ) should not be looked down upon. We should eat more of them, not less.

  22. Phantom

    “they couldn’t be bothered” is not food snobbery at all. I meant it in a particular context. I was talking about people who have plenty of time to cook meals either from frozen or fresh ingredients but do not bother. They live on takeaways or pizzas/ready meals all the time because they are too lazy too cook but have plenty of time to veg out on front of the TV.

    You misunderstand me. I have no problem with people ‘nuking a small frozen meal’ at lunchtime or when they come home from work and are too tired to cook a meal. I do it myself. I do not expect everyone to cook organic meals from fresh produce every day of their lives and indeed if you read my comments I have been singing the praises of frozen vegetables and frozen fish/meats. Very convenient, perfectly fine I use them all the time.

  23. Surprised at the concern?

    After all, Doctors, Nurses, Paramedics, Ambulance drivers etc…all Public Sector parasites are they not?

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