Sorry, but sugar ‘addiction’ doesn’t make you fat. Gluttony does.

Dalrymple returns to the pages of the Spectator to reflect on a growing British problem: obesity, which he attributes to bad ideas.

It is worth reflecting on why the British are the fattest people in Europe. After all, everything that they eat is available elsewhere. The answer is not that the British are poorer or more likely to be unemployed than others; it is that their culture is debased. Their belief that self-control is either psychologically harmful or impossible is a laissez-passer for bad habits.

No crowing from this American, as we are among the world’s leaders in gluttony.

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