A 78-YEAR-OLD Digger who began a lifelong fatty food addiction at Wagga’s RAAF Base has won the right to be paid a war pension.
Colin King succeeded in arguing his prostate cancer and erectile dysfunction were “war caused” at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) last month because he had developed a love for greasy meals during operational service.
Mr King began as an apprentice at the RAAF Base in Wagga in 1950.
In evidence presented to the tribunal he recalled having “scrambled eggs for breakfast and ham for lunch” while in Wagga.
“There would be meat for dinner and sometimes biscuits for dinner,” he told the AAT.
Mr King also stayed at Richmond and Canberra bases for a period of time and said “lunch and dinner were similar to lunch at Wagga, but much better”.
In 1955, Mr King was posted to Singapore and served there for three years, spending his first year eating at the British RAF mess in Tengah. Mr King recalled “the food was a lot fattier; it was greasier, but also had more flavour”.
He would have bacon and eggs dripping with fat as a standard breakfast. Fat was also not trimmed from meat during dinner.
Mr King met his wife at the Women’s Royal Army Cops and his diet was much the same off-base because his wife was English and cooked food with a high fat content because he liked it.
The AAT heard from two dietitians, one providing a report saying Mr King consumed 35g of animal fat a day before he started service.
It was then stated he consumed 100g a day while on bases in Australia such as Wagga, and then 118g in Singapore.
Under the Veterans Entitlements Act, Mr King would have only lost it was proven beyond reasonable doubt his argument was insufficient.
Diets high in animal fat over prolonged periods of time lead to an increased risk of prostate cancer.
Colin King won a war pension after successfully arguing that an addiction to fatty foods, which caused cancer, started at Wagga’s RAAF Base.
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