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Weirdest obesity ‘fix’ you are likely to hear

I had to give this gem a quick mention.

Glasgow City Council is currently seeking views on the introduction of a city-wide 20 mph speed limit.

Obviously, this is bringing out a lot of people with polarised opinions, and they are bringing all sort of studies showing how such a limit would reduce injuries from collisions, and some who are popping up with claims that it would make no difference.

Simple physics tells us the latter group are mad, or bad, or have some other agenda, but let’s ignore that for now.

The most amusing claim I spotted was one that claims a 20 mph speed limit would help cure child obesity (reduce the number of fat kids).

Cutting the speed limit to 20mph in all urban areas could help counter Scotland’s obesity epidemic, a leading child health expert has said.

Professor Steve Turner of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health said the move – being proposed by Green MSP Mark Ruskell – would help encourage more families to get outdoors with their youngsters and take part in physical activities.

Mr Ruskell has brought forward a Member’s Bill at Holyrood in a bid to introduce a 20mph speed limit in all built-up areas.

Prof Turner hailed the Bill as a “significant step in the right direction towards achieving safer roads for all”, adding the slower traffic would help make parents feel more confident about allowing children to play outside.

The expert said: “Slower traffic will encourage children to walk and change their lifestyle to one which counters the obesity epidemic.

“Parents will not have the confidence to allow their children to play outside if our country’s roads are too dangerous. Reducing the speed limit in built-up areas will help to reduce fatalities on the road and make outdoor activity a more attractive option for children and their families.

“More than a quarter of Scottish children are overweight or obese, and this is associated with childhood mental health and orthopaedic problems and putting them on course to develop potentially devastating illnesses which include type 2 diabetes, cancer, stroke and heart disease in early adulthood.

“Regular physical activity helps to keep children a healthy weight, and contributes to greater wellbeing. The Restricted Roads (20 mph Speed Limit) (Scotland) Bill marks a significant step in the right direction towards achieving safer roads for all, and thus, safer spaces for children across Scotland to spend their all-important recreational time outdoors.”

Glasgow’s urban roads could have 20mph speed limit enforced in bid to combat obesity

Sorry, but to me this sound like a Green Loony trying to spin a story and gain support for his bill than anything that might actually have a significant effect on cutting obesity.

I believe this is called playing the… THINK OF THE CHILDREN! card.

I think they’d be better trying to sell the reality of lesser injuries and fatalities at 30 mph than 20 mph, due to reduced kinetic energy at impact.

I’m pretty sure that could be shown to outweigh (oops, sorry) any fat reduction.

I’m not promoting, or suggesting this view from 2016 is correct, merely citing it as an example of someone trying to argue that 20 mph causes increased pollution, so they think 20 mph is a BAD idea.

Is a 20 mph speed limit really safer?

20 MPH

20 mph

Just one observation.

I live in some burbs where 20’s Plenty signs (ie not compulsory) have been stuck up everywhere.

The thing that makes me laugh is that I’d have to use all 300+ horses in my car to REACH 30 on many of the very short roads these signs have been placed on.

By the time you reach even 20, you’re braking for the end of the road!


07/01/2019 - Posted by | Civilian, council, Transport | , , , ,

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