In this essay I’m going to talk about the obesity crisis in Britian, based on the two articles ’’Obesity crisis risks making Britain ’fat man of Europe’, warns report’’ written by Hayley Dixon, The Telegraph 18. Feb. 2013 and ’’Move over ladies: Fat is no longer a feminist issue’’ by Sanchez Manning, The Independent 17. Feb. 2013. I am going to give an outline of how the obesity crisis can be handled; give my opinion on how people with unhealty eating habits can be persuaded the same way as smokers; and at last I will discuss what the government’s role is in reducing obesity.
The obesity crisis in Britain has become a very serious issue. They need to tackle this problem as soon as possible, to prevent Britain becomming the ’’fat man of Europe’’. According to The Guardian, the 220.000 British doctors want urgent action from the Govenment, the NHS (National Health Service), councils, food firms and parents in order to stop this crisis before it gets unresovable. There are certain ways to tackle this problem, according to the doctors. One measure in a plan that they have proposed is that all sugary drinks should have a 20 per cent tax, which could raise a £1 billion, and there should not be so many fastfood outlets near where children gather, including schools and leisure centres. Furthermore, the NHS should discuss eating habits with patients and the organisation should invest £300 million over the next three years in weight managements programmes. The doctors also want to do a bariatric surgery on people at risk of death, and they would like to get the vending machines and the fastfood outlets at hospitals banned and for all school canteens to serve healthy food. In 2050 more than half of the adults in the UK will be obese, and the NHS is afraid that the budget is already getting too high, and that the situation will reach to a point where they cannot handle this problem. Obesity already costs the NHS £5.1 billon a year, and in 2050 they fear that