The SIX different types of obese person from glowing girls to heavy-drinking males | Daily Mail Online

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Picture of an Obese Teenager (146kg/322lb) with Central Obesity, side view.Self Made Picture of an Obese Teenager (Myself) (146kg/322lb) with Central Obesity, Front View. Feel Free to use. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a must-read article from the Daily Mail, citing six obesity archetypes introduced in latest research the University of Sheffield. It’s a must read:

via The SIX different types of obese person from glowing girls to heavy-drinking males | Daily Mail Online.

The six different types of obese person area:

  1. Heavy drinking males
  2. Young healthy females
  3. Affluent elderly
  4. Physically sick elderly
  5. Unhappy middle-aged
  6. 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?

Thoughts?

6 responses

    • I am responding to Charles Constantinou’s request for clarification of Dr Alf’s blog and the original Daily Mail article.

      Let me start by stating that the US has an even bigger obesity crisis than the UK. Many of the issues that arise in the are also relevant to the US. Also a large part of the world’s obesity problem is down to the US owned junk-food industry.

      Focusing on the UK, this is about the fact that the UK’s NHS, which costs £100 billion gbp a year, is failing to educate people about the need for healthy eating and nutrition and exercise; the result that we have a diabetes and obesity crisis and the lowest worker productivity in the G7 by a margin of 16%. NHS hospital floors are having to be strengthened at a cost of £3 million gbp per floor, ambulances at £135,000 gbp each and stretchers at £90,000 gbp each.

      On top of this, we in the UK, have 65 County Councils, which are responsible for Adult Social Care who now spend about 50% of their entire budgets on Adult Social Care recipients who are largely woman over the age of 65 who have eaten and drunk too much in their youth and now have a poor range of movement.

      The houses that they live in have to be modified to accommodate their huge bodies and they cost the NHS huge sums of money for treatments like gastric bands, stomach stapling etc.

      People who are useful and productive cannot be treated straightaway because these people who are economically inactive and usually net consumers of tax revenue are taking up valuable bed space.
      Local authorities including unitary authorities, Metropolitan Borough Councils and City Councils then have to charge higher business rates to pay for the armies of social workers and care workers ,nurses and doctors that these people need attention from. That means lower SME business growth and lower tax revenues for Central Government.

      The NHS is not fit for purpose because it is not dealing with this problem or the environmental causes of obesity and is falling further behind more advanced health care systems in France, Germany, Italy and Singapore.

      Returning to the US, it is not clear how Obamacare has addressed the growing crisis of US obesity?

  1. Obesity in all its manifestations is directly linked to worker productivity and has multiple causes the main one of which is excessive eating and drinking of the wrong things coupled with a sedentary lifestyle.

    It should, as Dr Alf suggests, become a top priority with the tax system, and heavy pressure applied to the obese,food and drink manufacturers and the makers of plastics to change their ways.

    The NHS needs, in its unreformed state, to do the same, and local authorities, in charge of Adult Social care, need to do the same.

    As it is, the only thing that is happening is a steady 5% growth in the number of mobility scooters sold to people so bloated and enormous that they cannot walk.

    Ex-military personnel and people injured in road accidents should get mobility scooters but the rest need to be encouraged to exercise, eat sensibly and stop drinking on an empty stomach.

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