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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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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.
But when the changes were first proposed last year, there were elements within the industry that made many a nanny-state protestation.
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.
True, the Uruguayan nanny-state has indeed provided the country's small, ethnically homogenous and well-educated population with all the social goodies expected from a welfare economy; however, it has also achieved great success in stifling economic expansion, productivity, competitiveness and entrepreneurism, while at the same time stimulating a continuous exodus of young people, professionals and innovative firms from the country.
Dr Copp, of GP Plus in Edinburgh, said: "We have come to expect this kind of nanny-state, bully-boy tactics over this issue.
Personal freedoms have been whittled away by a constant stream of nanny-state political correctness' - Lord Blackwell, chairman of the Centre for Policy Studies.