Anti-Fat Proposal Used Figures Wrong by 3 Orders of Magnitude

Fat figures wrong admits minister

Speaking in support of a proposed “fat tax” on certain foods, the head of the Department of Health in England cited a figure of 900,000 people claiming benefits from the government due to “incapacity” from obesity. He said that the government was paying out £70.9million a week because of these people.

The actual number was only 900 people, and the weekly benefits were only £70,965.

Don’t you think that this guy or SOMEBODY on his staff would have double-checked such shocking figures? Unless, that is, they WANTED to be alarmist.

Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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