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Obesity ’as bad as climate risk’
Posted by: McQ on Monday, October 15, 2007

You can almost feel this one coming. The title above is the title of a BBC piece about obesity in the UK. And what can be felt coming? Well I'm sure you can guess:
The public health threat posed by obesity in the UK is a "potential crisis on the scale of climate change", the health secretary has warned.

Alan Johnson said the magnitude of the problem was becoming clear for the first time and "it is in everybody's interest to turn things round".

Details have emerged of a government study which says half the population could be obese within 25 years.

Ministers are drawing up a long-term action plan to tackle obesity.
Look when you have a government run NHS which essentially owns your health care and decides how and to whom it is provided, how far of a stretch is it to assume at some point they're going to tell you how to live your life in the name of that health care?

The officials in the article sort of dance around the questions, but they say enough to give the impression that they won't be satisfied with the "traditional" methods, such as education and persuasion. My goodness, look at the comparison in the title for a clue.
The government-commissioned Foresight report is expected to report on Wednesday.

It suggests the cost of the epidemic, in terms of health care provision and lost work hours, could reach £45bn a year by 2050, according to the Observer.

Professor Klim McPherson, of Oxford University, and Tim Marsh, of the National Heart Foundation, predict that within 15 years 86% of men will be overweight - but not necessarily obese - and within 20 years, 70% of women.

The study showed there had to be "further and faster" efforts beyond existing anti-obesity measures to encourage exercise and healthy eating, Mr Johnson said.
Now, of course, Johnson goes on to say the public must take responsibility and do what is necessary in terms of diet and exercise, but to me that line came across as something which propriety demanded be said, rather than something he really meant.
Public Health Minister Dawn Primarolo told the BBC that a longer term view needed to be taken of the obesity issue.

She said: "The government has been doing a lot already in terms of healthy foods in schools, sports activity in schools, labelling of food, working with young people.

"This report was part of the development of our strategies.

"But... if we don't act, what will happen in health terms for individuals and for our communities in 10, 20 years' time is really something we that we need to face up to, and that means looking at everything."
Once again, the government owns the health care system and its delivery. Any guesses as to what looking at "everything" may end up entailing?
 
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Public Health Minister Dawn Primarolo told the BBC that a longer term view needed to be taken of the obesity issue.

She said: "The government has been doing a lot already in terms of healthy foods in schools, sports activity in schools, labelling of food, working with young people.

"This report was part of the development of our strategies.

"But... if we don’t act, what will happen in health terms for individuals and for our communities in 10, 20 years’ time is really something we that we need to face up to, and that means looking at everything."
How long until they decide it is cheaper to scrap the massive outlay of education, sports, food labeling etc and just decide it is cheaper to give mandatory gastric bypass or stomach banding surgeries to the little porkers if they miss their govt decreed goal weight?
 
Written By: shark
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This isn’t even a case of alarmists (us) pointing at some dire but *unexpected* result of nationalized health care.

This is basic, necessary, preventive medicine. It’s not that we risk it happening if we aren’t careful but that it MUST happen.

Taxpayers will demand it. If they are paying for medical care they (rightly!) will feel entitled to make those other people live healthy lives.


(Please send me an e-mail with the list of naughty words. My comments keep getting eaten.)
 
Written By: Synova
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Tried Synova, but got this message:
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The ’*’ are mine, but the failure has to do with your firewall.
 
Written By: McQ
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Thanks for trying. What a pain. I’ll send a note to my firewall keeper. :-(
 
Written By: Synova
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"Obesity ’as bad as climate risk’"
Which is kind of ironic. Fat people are much more enviromentally friendly. They are natural carbon stores. They come fully insulated against heat loss. And they do not do the running around emitting CO2 that fit people go in for.
 
Written By: unaha-closp
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Imagine that. An obesity problem in Great Britain. Their cuisine must have improved tremendously since I was last there. Evidently membership in the European Union and all those immigrants has had some positive effect.
 
Written By: timactual
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Obesity worse than "climate change"....

Dude.... I mean.... have you actually SEEN Al Gore lately?

 
Written By: Bithead
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Is it the government’s business to tell us how to stuff (or in my case not stuff) our mouths? No, it’s our own fault if we are fat, obese, lazy - can we blame anyone else?
 
Written By: Ed
URL: http://www.get-fit-at-home.com

 
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