THE PM’s decision to make tackling the epidemic of obesity (prompted by the discovery that it is a contributing factor to the increased severity of an individual’s response to Covid-19) that threatens to overwhelm the NHS, a priority, is long overdue.

Things haven’t been helped by the suggestion by some researchers that obesity is caused by a ‘fat’ gene – giving people an excuse not to change their habits (quite where this hitherto unknown ‘fat’ gene came from is a mystery!).

And the NHS itself could lead the way in the war on obesity by tackling the problem among its own staff. Every time I attend hospital as an outpatient I am astonished to see so many grossly overweight nurses and other staff.

It is also counterproductive that hospital shops are stocked with so much of the unhealthy food that is a root cause of the problem.

Obesity now accounts for between 40,000-50,000 early deaths every year in the UK alone.

People must stop making excuses for being overweight, change their lifestyles and start taking some responsibility for their own health.


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