Azara Blog: Obesity in the UK is allegedly a huge crisis

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Date published: 2007/10/14

The BBC says:

The public health threat posed by obesity in the UK is a "potential crisis on the scale of climate change", the health secretary has warned.

Alan Johnson said the magnitude of the problem was becoming clear for the first time and "it is in everybody's interest to turn things round".

Details have emerged of a government study which says half the population could be obese within 25 years.

Ministers are drawing up a long-term action plan to tackle obesity.

The government-commissioned Foresight report is expected to report on Wednesday.

It suggests the cost of the epidemic, in terms of health care provision and lost work hours, could reach £45bn a year by 2050, according to the Observer.

Professor Klim McPherson, of Oxford University, and Tim Marsh, of the National Heart Foundation, predict that within 15 years 86% of men will be overweight - but not necessarily obese - and within 20 years, 70% of women.

Another end of the world report. No doubt we will have promoters of other issues trying to also up the ante and claim they have the biggest crisis in the universe. And the real problem with all this hysteria is that the control freaks will no doubt come up with new ways to control freak over the nation, all justified by the worst slogan of the modern political era, that "something must be done".

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