Europe’s fattest nation is Greece, where 70 per cent of people are overweight, and 30 per cent are obese. Britons come fifth, behind Germany, Finland and Ireland.
The government will consider introducing a “fat tax” to tackle Britain’s growing obesity levels, the prime minister, David Cameron, has said.
Cameron said drastic action was needed to prevent health costs soaring and life expectancy falling.
Under measures introduced in Denmark recently, a surcharge is being placed on foods that contain more than 2.3% saturated fat. The levy targets high-fat products such as butter, milk, cheese, pizza, meat, oil and processed food.
Danish consumers have criticised the move, which has left many retailers complaining of excessive bureaucracy.
However, Cameron said the introduction of a similar idea in the UK should not be ruled out.
Isn’t this coming at the problem from the entirely the wrong angle?
I bet most of the readers here are not obese. Why? Because they exercise regularly or, having found my blog looking for ideas, are starting to.
I also bet that most of us occasionally eat food that ISNT fresh, drink sugar filled drinks, drink beer, have the odd take-away, packet of crisps, cake etc…etc…etc… I know I do (Not all of them of course). I sit behind a desk all day , but I’m not fat because I ride my bike almost every day and pay attention to how much volume goes in VS how much goes out.
I’d rather see the government reward people for exercising, or perhaps remove VAT from exercise equipment, subsidise gym membership’s, give tax credits to families who get involved with local sports etc – there are many of things they could do, without using the STICK Approach.
I’m fed up with government punishing people in the hope of forcing change. Stop using the stick and start using the carrot . Of course this would cost money, but how much does obesity cost the NHS every year ?
According to reports in 2010 Obesity cost the NHS £4.3 BILLION !
What about the costs to uk employers ? State benefits ?
Why should healthy people pay more if they fancy the odd take-away, its TOO short-sighted.
The NHS defines being overweight as having a body mass index – your weight to height ratio – of between 25 and 30. “Obese” is a figure higher than 30
The Face Of fitness:
What the Government also needs, is a face to a fitness campaign, someone who can stand in Government and say “I know what you are going though, with hard work, you life will be better and richer for no longer being obese, I know, I have been there”
Who might that be ? Well Davd Cameron, Alan Lansley & Nick Clegg, look no further than me, I have been there, I am spending my time trying to help others, so who better than I to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people who make the polices ?
You guys know how to contact me, I’d be quite happy to work as a Government advisor on Obesity, it would be a match made in heaven.