The British Heart Foundation [BHF] has sounded a wake up call to all those ostriches out there who insist that obesity isn’t a major health problem while emphatically staring up their own rectums through very sandy eyelids.
According to current figures there are an estimated 15 million obesity cases in the UK but on current trends they are set to rise as high as 26 million in the next 20 years. For the record, that’s a lot of profit for McDonalds and KFC courtesy of people too lazy to cook decent food at home or walk to the local grocers for fresh fruit and vegetables.
There is still a culture of denial in the world where obesity is concerned, a case of it being an affliction that happens to other people as is the mind set of many people already overweight and therefore obese.
The implications of the continual increase in cases is the greater risk of heart disease with an additional 461,000 cases currently being attributed to the affliction.
The old excuses of genetics and glandular problems are growing thin (unlike the general population) and certain quarters of the public are waking up to the fact that in most cases obesity is self inflicted due to poor diet (excessive junk, sugar and MSG intensive food) and a complete lack of exercise.
The worrying implications for tax payers and the government is the increased financial burden on the NHS who are now treating the growing obesity threat at a rising cost of around £2bn per year.
New drugs are appearing on the market and counter-propaganda is becoming more evident in the media. There is huge market potential for drug companies and food companies on the back of weight issues and associated illnesses which is why the obesity problem isn’t going to go away without a fight – albeit a very slow, lumbering, hungry and awkward one.
While the drug companies make huge profits out of the pandemic, the public is still left footing the bill as they have in the past with alcohol related hospital cases and even worse, smoking related treatment.
In Scandinavia alcohol is priced extortionately, while in the UK cigarette packets now have to display pictures of diseased lungs or terminal cancer patients, while smoking has been banned inside public places.
Perhaps health care for obese people should be made private only, thus removing the burden from healthier tax payers who need less medical attention in the long run, while junk and fast food should be taxed more heavily and instead of pictures of smiling cows there should be images of excessively fat people with deep vein thrombosis or diseased hearts.
While those measures seem harsh, Dr. Mike Knapton, associate medical director of the BHF is in accord with them to a lesser degree as indicated in a recent statement in which he said: “These predicted figures for obesity and heart disease in the UK are deeply worrying and show how urgently action is needed. And it’s not just the UK, obesity is now a global pandemic fuelling diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. If we fail to tackle it now we’ll leave a legacy of people living poor quality lives and dying young.
“What we have to remember is that obesity is a ‘normal response’ to our environment. Culturally, we’re reliant on cars, our jobs and leisure activities are increasingly sedentaryand we are faced with an abundance of easily available high-energy foods.
“Yet while we all have a role to play in tackling this problem, this research recognises that national governmentsare the most significant players – ahead of individuals, industry and civil society. In the UK, we need our Government to take the lead and make it easier to be healthier, such as by ensuring children are fully protected from junk food marketing on and off line.”
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