The crisis of obesity in Britain

The crisis of obesity in the UK is completely out of control. Last year, requests to the hospital, connected with obesity, increased by 18%.

On the one hand, the solution is obvious - the British should eat less and train more, but in reality, the situation is much more serious.

First, it is associated with social deprivation: women in poorer areas are twice as likely to suffer from obesity as women from more prestigious areas. Secondly, many Britons prefer to eat on the go and instead of healthy food prefer harmful fast food. In addition, in schools, students do not have much information about healthy nutrition, and that food plays a very important role for human health.

According to the data, the NHS conducts more than 10,500 heart operations per year for people suffering from obesity. According to NHS Digital, in 2017, 2,143 cardiac bypass operations were performed, compared with 1,376 in 2013. Also, 8,436 stentings were performed to unblock arteries, mostly blocked because of obesity, and this is twice as much as a year ago. In addition, patients had gallstones removed, treated for osteoarthritis of the knee and hip joints, and all this was caused by overweight.

In total, the NHS spends £5.1 billion per year in treating people who suffer from obesity.

Professor Mary Fewtrell of the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health claims that the fight against obesity of the British must begin with children: "Every day children are exposed to a huge flow of advertising associated with unhealthy food: on television, on the Internet, on the road on the way to school, at various events. The government should show that they are serious about this problem. It is necessary to ban such advertising before 9 pm, we need not to allow fast food brands to distribute their advertising, as well as it is necessary to prevent the opening of new fast-food restaurants, especially near schools."

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