We have one of the highest rates of obesity in Europe and some of the highest rates in the developed world. Over 60% of adults and a third of 10 and 11 year olds are overweight or obese.
Health insurers are increasingly encouraging people to get fitter so waited with bated breath for the new government policy on tackling obesity.
The new plan to tackle obesity is:
- The majority of adults and children should eat and drink less.
England’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies explains: “Most of us are eating or drinking more than we need to and are not active enough. Being overweight or obese is a direct consequence of eating more than we need.”
Professor Alan Jackson added, “The majority of adults are eating more than they need. This is why we have an obesity problem.”
An analysis of the new policy failed to find anything practical that helps consumers or health insurers.
In the Guardian chef Jamie Oliver commented, “The government's obesity strategy is just worthless, regurgitated, patronising rubbish. Eight-year-olds would come up with better ideas. Simply telling people what they already know – that they need to eat less and move more – is a complete cop out. We need more practical help and less hot air.”