13 May 2013

let him without thin, cast the first stone

Teh interwebz was made for kitteez, and that is one adorable fat cat; the Member for Lyons, not so much.
Until I was about 37, I was skin skin skinny and did not give a moments thought to healthy diet. 27 years on, I am part of the scare statistic released today by the COAG Report saying in Australia ‘seven in every 10 men and more than half of all women are above their healthy body weight. It has warned government that more needs to be done to tackle obesity and recommends that federal, state and territory leaders note 'the lack of progress" toward reaching a 5 per cent boost to the number of Australians at a healthy body weight by 2018’.  That COAG link page is worth a visit. It is a committee which tells the government what they should be doing.
That is four carnivorous Queensland MP’s above. Check the beer guts. 
My 27.99 BMI is technically ‘pre-obese’ and they are all much fatter than me. 
What is discussed with their health-care provider, we can only guess. Mine tells me I have to reduce my weight ( I do loathe that term ‘lose weight’ – how can one lose it when it is so firmly attached? I can hear the robustly-corseted Lady Bracknell intoning now “To lose one kilo is unfortunate, but to lose two is just carelessness”.
Just check the images here – all eleven of these people are Federal MP’s (plus one PM whose backside is much bigger than my 27.99 pre-obese BMI) and they are all clearly over the 30 rating that is medically 'obese'.
To be fair, they all work long hours indoors, when they are not having a beer or sausage-sizzle for a photo op in their electorate, but on the other hand, The House Of Parliament complex
has two tennis courts and a full gymnasium, open all hours and free to these people … 
oops – and so is the cafeteria.

For those of us who do not have free gym and courts, I wonder what hope there is?
and this government is going to tell us to step away from the plate?


  1. Finally - I'm part of a majority!! Celebrating as I type by having butter with a little cinammon loaf.
    To be fair... Joe Jolly Hockeysticks has lost a lot of weight of late... below the neck.

    I am very impressed with the work of the ACL. I like their values, what they stand for, and their initiative in snaffling such a great domain name. But I am hurt... I would suggest dogs are cats too if not for the fact that dogs who aspire to be cats lack ambition.
    A more tolerant and multicreatural approach would probably rake in more members. It would be awful if a splinter group moved away and started a DLP.

  2. oh Fruity brilliant - yes a DLP. I actually love dogs. and mostly loathe people I see with dogs, mad racing joggers with a thirsty loyal pal keeping up, mad cyclists ditto, awful walkers who yank the leash when doggie wants to sniff a post in his neighbourhood, and especially loathe uncouth people who transfer their own violent personality into their dog. Those people I actually want to physically hurt.

    1. Agree Marshall: Many dog "owners" are total prats. Don't forget to add big-dog-small-yard syndrome. Grrr.

  3. And the people who walk their dogs on concrete or the road while their (the owners) delicate little tootsies are protected. Hiss and spit. And the same owners who settle down with their latte, while the dog has to wait.
    Sorry, off topic. The politicians also have a spectacular pool. Mind you TA is not obese (except mentally) but I can't cope with his holier than everyone else attitude to diet and exercise either.

  4. Yes El Chi - Copperwitch was with me one hot hot day when I attacked a guy (she ran away - what a friend). I said "take off your shoe and put it on the footpath!" and he did. gosh that was a surprise.
    Thanks Fruity - I also forget the worst people who keep working dogs like Border Collies and Blue Heelers on suburban blocks where they go slowly mad. Then there's the people who put down snail bait. any vet will confirm they have a daily case of stomach pumping a pet for that. There is NO 'pet safe' snail bait.
    Somewhere in Australia there is a couple who won a $53m lottery. I would have used it to take over and ARM the RSPCA to begin my Ministry Of Fear avenging animals everywhere.

  5. Fat cats indeed, living large (very large) on the taxpayers purse.
    I think of myself as fat, but they'd make two of me, a couple of them might make two and a half.