Parents and families are most to blame for the obesity epidemic, new research from Benenden Healthcare shows. And the responsibility for tackling the crisis is down to obese individuals themselves and their families.
Three out of four UK adults believe parents and families are responsible for the UK’s weight problems. Just one in two blame food manufacturers and less than two out of five believe lack of outdoor or sporting facilities is the problem.
A Government-sponsored Foresight report predicted earlier this year that half the country will be clinically obese within 25 years.
Research shows most people believe it is the responsibility of the individuals themselves and their families to cut weight rather than the Government. Eight in 10 said both obese individuals and their families should take responsibility.
By contrast less than a quarter said it should be the Government that should take the lead while over four in 10 said it was the responsibility of the food manufacturers.
Jakki Stubbington from Benenden Healthcare says: “Tackling obesity is seen as the biggest healthcare issue of the day with the Government taking the lead on the issue amid talk about an obesity epidemic hitting the UK. Certainly there needs to be action to help people lead healthier lives and it is encouraging that the majority of people believe it should be a matter of individual or family responsibility. If people take their own advice and start to tackle the obesity issue it will not only save money for the National Health Service but also lead to a healthier debate. Blaming the Government or food manufacturers for making us fat leaves people feeling powerless. If we take responsibility for tackling the issue then we can make a genuine contribution to reducing the UK’s health problems.”
Private medical insurance: News update: January 2008