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The proportion of obese women has doubled since 1975 and for men it has more than tripled!

By 2025, the UK will have the highest level of obesity in Europe, about two in five adults (38%), say researchers.

The research, published by the Lancet medical journal, says there is zero chance that the world can meet the target set by the UN for halting the climbing obesity rate by 2025.

“Over the past 40 years, we have changed from a world in which underweight prevalence was more than double that of obesity, to one in which more people are obese than underweight,” said senior author Prof Majid Ezzati from the school of public health at Imperial College London.

Prof Ezzati added, “This epidemic of severe obesity is too extensive to be tackled with medications such as blood pressure-lowering drugs or diabetes treatments alone, or with a few extra bike lanes.”

Dr James Bentham, of Imperial College London, says, “We’re suggesting gastric band surgery may be the only option. We made this suggestion to show what a serious problem obesity is – and there’s no easy solution.”

Seriously?

Studies show that lap band removal is eventually required in up to 50% of all lap band patients and this is most commonly because of inadequate weight loss!

With this in mind I find it astonishing that anyone could consider this “the only option”.

I also do not believe the sugar tax on fizzy drinks, recently announced by the UK government to be the answer. It may help, but on its own it is NOT enough.

What IS needed is education.

I believe that true wellness requires the mastery of 3 things: attitude, intake and movement.

In other words, it is about how you think, what you put in (or on) your body and how you move.

Government policy can support this, through taxation on processed junk foods, subsidies on plant based whole foods, improved school lunches and hospital food, increased physical activity in schools and a focus on health education.

Ultimately, however, it is about personal responsibility and choice

Every person I know who has turned their health around has done it with a personal commitment to change – a real commitment where they find a way to make it happen no matter what. I am not saying it is easy, but with focus it is possible.

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