nanny state

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nanny state

(1) A UK term referring to the role that government oversight and regulation play in encouraging the population to lead healthier lives.
(2) A political term of art for protectionism, economic interventionism or regulatory policies that may be viewed as uninvited and damaging state interventions of individual behaviours and habits, such as poor diet and smoking in public.

Statistics, UK nanny-state health concerns
• Overweight—46% of men, 32% of women;
• Obese—17% of men, 21% of women;
• Smoking—26% of men, 24% of women;
• Alcohol-related deaths—19/105 men, 9/105 women.
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Labour's nanny-state says it's ok for people not to marry, it's ok for people to have children when they can't afford to feed them or put a roof over their head, because the statewill bail them out every time!
Although it may smack of more nanny-state paternalism, a newly enacted Massachusetts law requiring booster seats for children up to age 8 is solidly grounded in automotive safety and injury prevention.
In an era that fetishizes safety and marginalizes masculinity, it's refreshing to see a book that celebrates young boys having fun--building forts, go-carts, bows and arrows, the history of great battles, courage and other things that would shock your average nanny-state grade-school teacher.
The country is staunchly nanny-state and with sky-high taxation on anything remotely resembling a luxury product, cheap this country is not.
I DON'T like nanny-state rules any more than most people.