Wednesday, 11 October 2006

Here, Piggy, Piggy, Piggy...

Obesity rates are bad enough in England but even worse in ScotlandThe media are full of it... Britain is (surprise, surprise) the most obese nation in Europe.

Jamie Oliver has been doing his best to explain how other European countries (Italy especially) engage in home-cooked extended family meals as an important part of the national culture, whereas we in Britain are individual consumers, time-poor and suckers for the processed food offerings of our major supermarkets.

In the same newspapers I read about Google's $1.65 bn bid for the loss-making YouTube. Don't get me wrong, I'm using YouTube and I like it. But I don't think I'd pay all my pocket money for a year to buy it. What interested me particularly, however, was the story of the webcam piglets, who apparently have become global superstars with hundreds of thousands of reality video viewers.

So sweet... but would you want them in your living room?Far be it for me to be cynical, but do I detect a possible link between these stories?

Personally I'm not that mad about pork ("pig meat" as it is referred to in EU-speak). It's not surprising given that my father is Jewish and my mother is a vegetarian who works in a mostly Muslim environment. (Although I must admit I made myself a pork cordon bleu dinner on Sunday night.)

Maybe we are becoming a nation of piglets, sitting on our rumps all day and spending the evenings gazing at digitised porcine objects of desire. I think I'll skip the bacon for breakfast tomorrow morning and settle for cornflakes and dried fruit.

3 comments:

Robinson said...

I can find lots of stuff that will say how bad those corn flakes are for you too.

http://www.westonaprice.org/modernfood/dirty-secrets.html

I get tired of all of the "food fear" the media likes to create. I really don't believe that any whole foods are the culprit. You can bet those Italians with their healthy BMI's aren't sitting down to a bowl of corn flakes and dried fruit.

inquisitive said...

to be honest i was quite insulted by your view on things. I jut arrived at newcastle uni and am doing my best to fit in cooking, but sometimes having an unhealthy meal is a good way to boost spirits, ice cream for instance. i am a good size 8 to 10 and i exercise quite well, taking the generalisation of the media is not always the most sensible thing to do.

Trig said...

inquisitive said...
to be honest i was quite insulted by your view on things. I jut arrived at newcastle uni and am doing my best to fit in cooking, but sometimes having an unhealthy meal is a good way to boost spirits, ice cream for instance. i am a good size 8 to 10 and i exercise quite well, taking the generalisation of the media is not always the most sensible thing to do.

Yes Inquisitive, of course eating unhealthly food once in a while can be good for one's spirits. I make ice cream at home on a regular basis myself. However you've taken what I've said out of context. I wasn't saying that people that eat pork become fat, nor was I badmouthing the meat itself. I was merely pointing out that people should have better things to do with their time than sit around on their rear ends watching piglets on a tv screen. I was also pointing out that if people put more time and effort into preparing real food instead of binging on takeaways and ready meals, which actually works out to be much more expensive, maybe they would be happier people within themselves.


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