Navigation Links
Obesity Could Bankrupt the Health System, Warn Doctors

If nothing is done, the rising prevalence of obesity could bankrupt the health system, warn doctors in this week’s BMJ//.

In the United Kingdom, well over half the population is overweight and more than one in five adults is obese, write Naveed Sattar and colleagues. Obese people are at high risk of multiple health problems, while the cost of obesity to a country's health service is currently estimated at up to 9%, and the overall social cost of the condition is seen as a major hindrance to economic development.

So, can we reverse the rising trend in the prevalence of obesity, and if so, when?

People clearly have some responsibility for their health, but society and government also have a responsibility to make the preferred, easy choices healthier ones. It is increasingly apparent that most individuals are unable to make enough “proactive” changes to prevent excess weight gain but are simply “reactive” to their environment, say the authors.

What is provided is what is eaten so what is provided has to change, they add. Thus education alone will fail to halt this obesity epidemic, and environmental changes (physical, food, and fiscal policy) are urgently needed.

They believe that prevention is the only economic long term solution to the problem and recommend that:
The food industry needs to take more responsibility for preventing obesity. And governments, as custodians of public health, should create the conditions for this to happen
The advertising of energy dense foods needs to be substantially curtailed
The basic principles of energy balance should be taught in primary schools, and education should be provided at all levels to change attitudes and behaviour towards diet and physical activity
Obesity should be made a core part of all medical training
Public health consequences should be considered for all decisions made in public life
Medical practice must adapt to the curr ent epidemic of obesity and nutrition related diseases, while society must also accept that many people now need drugs (and in some cases, surgery) to cut risks of and disability from obesity, and to limit its progression, they write.

As the prevalence and costs of obesity escalate, the economic argument for giving high priority to obesity and weight management through a dedicated coordinating agency will ultimately become overwhelming. The only question is, will action be taken before it’s too late?

Source-NewswiseSRM
'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Lean Protein Could Be Key to Obesity Drugs
2. Obesity raises IVF miscarriage risk
3. Obesity a risk for pancreatic cancer
4. Obesity shortens lifespan
5. Is Obesity a risk factor?
6. Obesity a global problem
7. Obesity increases health costs
8. Obesity in children a risk factor for diabetes
9. Decrease of Hunger Hormone after Obesity Surgery
10. Obesity risk for immobilized adults
11. Obesity risk can be reduced by eating breakfast regularly
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:2/8/2016)... , ... February 08, 2016 , ... ... and clothing, announced expansion into Canada to provide its range of unique and ... sales office in Quebec City that will provide bilingual customer service and marketing ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... 08, 2016 , ... Local insurance agency Dennis Fuller & ... has initiated a fundraiser for a two year old little girl named Bella, ... To support this beautiful child who is facing life’s journey without her loving ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... ... Remember the old saying “rub some dirt on it”? Perhaps you should ... Bentonite Clay” the health benefits of integrating clay into a daily diet are numerous, ... former motivational speaker, Perry A~ has since dedicated her life to learning about the ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... February 08, 2016 , ... Discover the Rocky Mountain region’s ... booths and 700 companies. Attendees also get to see the most incredible gardens ... & Home Show , at the Colorado Convention Center - 700 14th St. Denver ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... Overland Park, KS (PRWEB) , ... February 08, 2016 , ... ... Oils, a leader in Mole removal products. , Moles are derived from a cluster ... can appear in all the wrong places and create a lifetime of embarrassment. Historically, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/8/2016)... -- --> --> ... Market by Product (Radiofrequency, Ultrasound, Irreversible Electroporation, Cryotherapy, Microwave) ... Gynecology) - Global Forecasts to 2020", published by MarketsandMarkets, ... period of 2015 to 2020. The market is expected ... 10.5% from 2015 to 2020. Browse 73 ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... , Feb. 8, 2016 ... of the "Global Skin Protective Equipment Market ... --> http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/fqx6nz/global_skin ) has announced the ... Market 2016-2020" report to their offering. ... http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/fqx6nz/global_skin ) has announced the addition of the ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. , Feb. 8, 2016 In a historic ... support of plans to construct a medical cannabis cultivation facility and dispensary ... State of New York as a provider for patients ... of New York as a provider for patients in the ... (83) to 29% (34) to approve the project and pursue designation from ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: