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

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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?

Two in three middle-aged men will be obese by 2034 – Telegraph

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

Picture of an Obese Teenager (146kg/322lb) with Central Obesity, side view. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a must-read article by Laura Donnelly, Health Editor, at the Telegraph. Check it out!

via Two in three middle-aged men will be obese by 2034 – Telegraph.

OK,  the obesity level in the UK is not new. But the headline truly captures the rapidly escalating crisis.

Causes of obesity are well-known, like eating the wrong food, drinking too much alcohol and inadequate physical exercise.

At the national level, the increasing levels of obesity will put a massive additional burden on the UK’s public healthcare, which is already struggling desperately.

Surely, it’s time for radical measures to tackle growing obesity? Here are some suggestions:

  1. Obesity related medical costs are excluded from public healthcare
  2. The obese should pay more tax to cover their extra burden to society;
  3. Obese people should be forced to do national service, where their diet is controlled and they are forced to do physical activity.
  4. Double Value Added Tax on junk food
  5. Ban advertising of junk food

Thoughts?