- 30 June 2007
They haven't been ignored at all. Governments do plenty to promote healthy lifestyle, but as explained, it's a dead end. People indulge unhealthy habits to self-medicate. You can't just take away 'medications' (read: coping mechanisms) and not expect major repurcussions. Why do kids risk their lives taking drugs at dance parties? It's the very same reason an adult might use alcohol or soft drinks.It makes me wonder why those responsible for health care do so little to reduce the lifestyle risks.
OK we have had a big anti smoking campaign (with great opposition by vested interests), but alcohol and obesity have been basically ignored.
The only short term solution I can think of is one which would never be permitted. That is, the education of wannabe parents that if they can't properly provide a loving environment for children, then they shouldn't have them. They need to understand they may have a very hard time with their offspring if they can't create the proper environment. Something like the 'dogs aren't just for xmas' slogan.