Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults – Most cited article Google Scholar

Today the WHO are publishing their latest evidence on the rising obesity time-bomb. Newspapers around the world, like the Daily Mail will give prominence to the story but I fear little will change.

Tired of the same old-stories in the mainstream media, I turned to Google Scholar on ‘obesity’. The following book is the most cited publication:

via Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults – NCBI Bookshelf.

I would encourage you to read this outstanding publication.

Surely, it’s time to treat obesity as a disease, with globally coordinated counter-measures?

Thoughts?

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

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)

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?