£6.1 billion price of obesity

The cost of obesity to the NHS in England is £6.1 BILLION per year.

£6.1 BILLION. That is more than is spent on the fire or police service.

It’s such a big issue that I don’t think all parliamentary reports in the world, junk food advertising bans and ten Jamie Olivers will make the blindest bit of difference.

As I said in a previous post, the change has to come from within each and every one of us, and until individuals are ready to make a change, it’s not going to happen. Either that or cut the problem off at the root cause and ban junk food (which would never happen).

And even if junk and processed food prices were raised phenomenally, I still don’t think that would stop people from buying it. Look at the cost of cigarettes. Almost £10 for a pack of 20, yet people still buy them.

We are addicted and we have done this to ourselves. Wouldn’t it be great to go back 100 years and start again. With hindsight do you think we, as a developing world, would make the same mistakes with regard to food production? And plastics too?

The UK Government could do a lot with £6.1 billion, and I’m sure obesity is not the best way to spend it. Just think of what it could do for cancer research and treatments.

What will make you sit up and make a change?