Just now I read the "Political correctness gone mad" thread about obesity in the US.
There are some obvious similarities:
Both are health issues.
Both are (predominantly, in the case of obesity) self-choice issues to start/continue.
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You choose usually to start smoking, and for people who aren't children of bad parents, obesity typically something you 'choose' by your lifestyle going forwards. Kids who are raised into obesity have less choice. Some people also claim smoking isn't always a choice, but generally you can realise by the time you are a teen that either or both is bad for your health and can make a decision to continue along that path or do something to rectify it. You have a choice.
Both can be influenced by the same things: advertising, family etc.
Both can be dissuaded in the same way: societal pressure stigmatising them, medical advice/warnings, increased taxation.
So my question is: In countries with obesity problems, how did your contry deal with smoking, if it was dealt with at all?
In the UK we obviously have done many things to try and combat smoking, and there are EU laws banning tobacco advertising, so it's not just a UK thing, but I don't know about other countries.
What have countries done to combat obesity, and is it the same?
Should we learn from smoking to try and combat obesity, or are smoking's lessons not being as effective against obesity?