The six different types of obese person area:
- Heavy drinking males
- Young healthy females
- Affluent elderly
- Physically sick elderly
- Unhappy middle-aged
- Those with poorest health
Whilst I accept that the latest archetypes are very graphic illustrators, I fear that healthcare policy will not change and the obese will continue to get fatter. The consequence will be a huge and growing social cost. The reasons for obesity are diverse and complex but it can be addressed effectively by radical healthcare policy.
Ahead of the UK election, politicians seem to fear focusing upon rising obesity because they don’t want to lose voters.
Surely, it’s time to penalize the obese?Should obesity be the next austerity drive?