Tougher action – including taxing junk food – is needed by all governments if the obesity crisis is going to be tackled, experts say. The international group of researchers, who have published a series of articles in The Lancet, said no country had yet got to grips with the problem. They said changes in society meant it was getting harder for people to live healthy lives. And they warned without state action, health systems could become swamped. Obesity-related problems, such as diabetes, were now accounting for between 2% and 6% of health care costs in most countries.
This is a tough one. On the one hand, you DO see an awful lot of very fat people, most distressingly children waddling through our streets. Why? Lack of exercise and poor diet, I guess. What will this mean for the future? A lot more pressure on our socialised health system. But the answer is NOT for the State to decide just how fat or thin people should be. It is for individuals to take responsibility for their own health. But the conundrum is this; in a socialised health care system they can get away with being irresponsibility. When one chooses private healthcare watch what happens your premium as you supersize yourself. That’s the right sort of motivation.