BBC News – Obesity quadruples to nearly one billion in developing world

This is an amazing MUST READ article from the BBC about the rise of global obesity. Check it out!

via BBC News – Obesity quadruples to nearly one billion in developing world.

Personally, I hold the major food and drink multi-nationals responsible for the rise in global obesity and the related healthcare time-bomb. These huge organizations have massive marketing budgets, frequently targeted at children and peer pressure; this creates dependence and addiction. Most governments seem to be too weak to challenge these large organizations.

Unless there is concerted action, I fear an increasing percentage of millennials will die before their parents!

Picture of an Obese Teenager (146kg/322lb) wit...

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)

Any thoughts on what can effectively be done to reduce obesity either globally or in specific high risk countries?

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Health policies and data – Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

English: Human Development Index trends shown ...

English: Human Development Index trends shown between 1975 and 2004. Each line represents a geographical area or international organisation. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Central and eastern Europe, and the Commonwealth of Independent States Latin America and the Caribbean East Asia Arab States South Asia Sub-Saharan Africa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a MUST READ article from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

via Health policies and data – Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

OECD provide best-practice, and bench-marking by country for health policies.

Take a look at the data and you will see that the UK’s record is worse than many developing countries, it’s real, bottom-quartile stuff, in places.

This comes out as the  UK Health Minister is ordered to come clean about plans to redress the UK’s healthcare crisis. Meanwhile, at the same time the UK’s Department of Health (DoH) is pumping out to the media data that is irrelevant to the UK’s widely predicted healthcare melt-down this Winter.

Why isn’t the UK media getting across that the UK’s National Health Service is in final melt-down territory and recommending the scrapping of the NHS, replacing it with a best-practice public healthcare system modeled on say Germany, France or Italy?

Any thoughts?

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