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Veli-Jussi Jalkanen,
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26.10.2016

Why people gain weight

People gain weight for many reasons, reasons that the public health policy could affect.

One big reason is alcohol, and the Finnish government has decided to keep its availability high and price low. The new alcohol legislation will increase the consumption of alcohol.

Another governmental blunder is the current healthcare policy, which centers on medical care and is stupidly drug-oriented. If we had a really good preventive policy that would encourage people to stay healthy, we would have severe penalty taxes on junk food in general and sugar in particular. Junk food advertising would be prohibited and children would not be allowed to leave the school premises during the school day.

Thirdly, the dietary recommendations are totally absurd. When you eat according to them, i.e. food that contains a lot of carbs, and limit the use of also good fats, the weight gain is guaranteed.

The basic mistake has been the carb-friendly and fat-unfriendly recommendations that have been given for decades – even though they have been thoroughly refuted. The Finnish National Institute of Health and Welfare, THL, still inexplicably endorses them.

Sufficient intake of fiber (100 g / day) is still not recommended, even though it would be really important for controlling one’s weight.

It looks like that THL is supporting everything that increases morbidity and the use of drugs, which in its turn just causes more problems. This impression becomes strong when you read THL’s fair treatment guidelines, the doctors’ Bible. THL’s pharmaceutical manufacturer partners will, of course, like this. Also their CEO has worked in the pharmaceutical industry earlier.

If we had a really reasonable preventive and supportive health policy we would save billions easily, i.e. more or less the amount of the sustainability gap. Now we are taking care of obesity and other illnesses with 20 billion. It would mean more money again to education and other basic services that suffer from insufficient funds because of incompetence.