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Tuesday, 24 June 2014
Our Obesity Crisis
Should we continually blame the
manufacturer and marketing companies for making our kids Obese?
Whilst we can agree with the sentiment that manufacturers and suppliers
of our food should do more to reduce the levels of potentially harmful sugar,
salt and fat contents in some of our food. Are we wrong to simply blame
them for our level of obesity we now see in society?
A recent article in the Mirror (bit.ly/1sA4s9s) states
that we should also be stopping celebrities from endorsing such products.
With huge sums of money being offered to top sports personalities such as
David Beckham, Wayne Rooney and the like this is never going to happen.
You have to ask the question though as to why we are seeking to blame
these commercial businesses for what is a Western world issue. Almost all
the modern Western countries are suffering to some extent from this obesity
crisis and it is only likely to get worse
Britain is one of the highest levels and we truly believe that this is
an education issue. Not in the sense that schools should carry the burden
but that people simply don't understand the problems and how to manage their
diet and exercise.
7 Main reasons were identified for influencing obesity
·Biology: an individual’s starting point - the influence of genetics and
·Activity environment: the influence of the environment on an
individual’s activity behaviour, for example a decision to cycle to work may be
influenced by road safety, air pollution or provision of a cycle shelter and
·Physical Activity: the type, frequency and intensity of activities an
individual carries out, such as cycling vigorously to work every day;
·Societal influences: the impact of society, for example the influence of
the media, education, peer pressure or culture;
·Individual psychology: for example a person’s individual psychological
drive for particular foods and consumption patterns, or physical activity
patterns or preferences;
·Food environment: the influence of the food environment on an
individual’s food choices, for example a decision to eat more fruit and
vegetables may be influenced by the availability and quality of fruit and
vegetables near home;
·Food consumption: the quality, quantity (portion sizes) and frequency
(snacking patterns) of an individual’s diet.
A study back in 2011 showed that only 39% of men and 26% of women were
taking part in the recommended weekly amounts of exercise? When you consider
that a child is twice as likely to grow up obese if their parents do not
partake in exercise the impact of this statistic makes very scary reading for
It was also stated that social and economic status and income was a
factor in how much exercise and the type of diets that were being consumed.
With outdoor exercise becoming more popular than ever, surely there is no
longer a need for expensive gym memberships and that educating individuals how
to train cheaply should become a priority. It is also a myth that fresh produce
is more expensive that processed foods. What is requires are thought, planning
and a little know how.
Jamie Oliver the celebrity chef has produced programs based on cheap but
healthy foods and details can be found onlineJamie Oliver website.
We believe that if the government are to focus on driving down obesity
in our society we need to tackle this in a number of ways
1) Continue to work with industry to reduce the harmful levels of
sugars, fats and salts in our foods
2) Provide education on food labelling and reduce the ambiguity
surrounding low fat, fat free foods which are often a gimmick to sell foods
3) Instead of encouraging weight loss classes which simply encourage
calorie counting we need to educate about food, what works well, what is a
balanced diet, why treats can be good if in moderation. We should teach
this in schools and food education should be part of the curriculum
4) PE in schools should be taken seriously and teachers, especially
primary schools where dedicated PE teachers are not employed should be provided
the skills to deliver effective work outs for young children. Every child
should have to partake
5) Every school should offer after school sporting or exercise
6) Local fitness businesses should be provided incentives to encourage
greater uptake. Private golf courses receive VAT reductions or as if
often the case pays no tax at all yet fitness and health businesses still do? With
a crisis like we have surely this has to be considered?
7) Encourage the lottery fund to divert more of the funding away from
massive investments in things like new opera houses and art galleries and
deliver it to community projects that aim to deliver educational based fitness,
healthy lifestyle and food projects.
Obesity is not a problem that strikes at a certain demographic but if we
are not careful will be our biggest killer. We all have a responsibility to
ourselves and our next generation. Whilst Government and industry need to
play their part, it’s often very easy to blame others when ultimately unless we
remove all such products from the shelves and militarily enforce exercise it
can only be the individual who makes the choice not to die young!