BBC News – Rise in obesity poses ‘dementia time bomb’

Dementia is not a natural part of growing old

Dementia is not a natural part of growing old (Photo credit: The Prime Minister’s Office)

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This is a must read article from the BBC, highlighting research linking dementia to obesity.

BBC News – Rise in obesity poses ‘dementia time bomb’.

What are the policy options for governments to reduce obesity and reduce the billions of  dollars of extra health and social care costs?

Any thoughts?

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5 responses

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  4. The solutions to this are:
    –Variable taxes on foods and carbonated drinks
    –Forcing food manufacturers and drinks manufacturers to reduce salt and sugar content to the minimum
    –Banning Bisphenol A
    –Banning the use of aluminium in saucepans, cooking utensils and foil
    –Banning aluminium chlorohydrate based deodorants
    –Banning fluoride which lowers IQ by 20% and is a contributory cause of dementia
    –Fitting water filters on drinking water taps to remove fluoride and harmful chemicals used to treat water
    –Not building houses under aircraft flight paths (antimony from aircraft fuel is carcinogenic and causes dementia around major airports)
    –Removing harmful chemicals from washing powder
    –Planting more trees around major roads and factories
    –Putting air cleaning fica plants in call centres and offices
    –Teaching philosophy ,critical thinking and Stoicism in schools,colleges,Adult Education Classes and as after work activity
    –Extend the schoolday by 4 hours starting with harder subjects in the morning and using rigourous PE in the afternoons to burn off school dinners
    –Promoting exercise, healthy living, reading and proper diet
    –Giving tax breaks to firms who employ fitness instructors and have a fitter workforce(verified by an independent medical practitioner)
    –Teaching domestic science and cookery at all schools
    –Prescribing diet and exercise to overweight patients and in extreme cases refusing surgery until the heaviest lose weight
    –Re-introducing a form of National Service for 2 years before University can start–This to deal with “Little Emperor ” syndrome with too much Facebooking and slothful living
    –Cut down UK holidays to 4 weeks a year including Bank Holidays which should be abolished and subsumed into an overall holiday entitlement ,until productivity rises to the top 10% for the world
    –Reduce tax exemptions from churches, mosques, temples and synagogues which fail to undertake an outreach function to their own communities
    –Promote marriage in the tax system and teach relationship building in schools
    –Put better air filters in cars to prevent over ingestion of carbon monoxide which causes dementia and ultimately death if ingested too much
    –Encourage vitamin supplementation and the use of powerful antioxidants along with greater health self awareness

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