Thank goodness for nowadays’ low cut jeans that allow it all to hang over the top. The high waisted styles of the past just wouldn’t work now! People get into this guilt thing about overweight but i really feel this is unfair - it’s an attempt by the body to get the nutrition it needs from low nutrition food that is presented to us as normal - also to suppress the uncomfortable feelings that arise from living in a system that is painful to us. When people start to eat a balanced diet of wholly nutrient rich foods and get relief from stressful situations (easier said than done!) the appetite readjusts and the weight issues literally fall away.
Regarding government policies, what can one say? Just about every government policy is designed against people’s health even if it is not obvious because of brainwashing which has misled us about what is really good for us. They’re having us on…. By Rebecca Smith, Medical Editor, Daily telegraph, 24 January 2008
Employers will be encouraged to set up competitions with money, vouchers and other rewards for people who give up junk food in favour of healthy eating and living. Those losing the most weight would earn the biggest prizes.
Experts say that most of the population in Britain will be obese by 2050 unless urgent action is taken Ministers believe that by giving people incentives to do something about their weight now, it will help avoid larger costs associated with treating cancer, heart disease and diabetes caused by obesity. Similar schemes have worked well in America and British medical insurance companies already offer discounts for people who go to the gym regularly.
Experts say that most of the population will be obese by 2050 unless urgent action is taken and the associated rise in ill health would cost the NHS £50 billion a year.
The Government wants Britain to be the first major nation to reverse the rising tide of obesity and said it would focus on reducing within 12 years the proportion of children who are overweight back to the 2000 level of 26 per cent.
At present, 30 per cent of children are obese or overweight.
advertisement The Government said schools should consider banning children from going out of the gates at lunchtime and town councils are being urged to block new fast food outlets near parks and schools.
Yesterday’s milestone strategy - Healthy Weight, Healthy Lives - highlighted a series of projects run through the Well@Work scheme, led by the British Heart Foundation, which offer rewards for workers who lose weight.
One competition, called The Biggest Loser, awarded £130 in gift vouchers for the participant who lost the most weight. Ministers want to encourage more such schemes in the workplace.
The strategy said: “We will look at using financial incentives, such as payments, vouchers and other rewards, to encourage individuals to lose weight and sustain that weight loss, to eat more healthily, or to be consistently more physically active.”
It is not clear from the strategy who would fund such schemes but the onus is likely to be on companies as they could expect to benefit from a healthier workforce. It is likely that the schemes would also be tax deductible.
The Government is investing £372 million over three years to implement the strategy and annual progress reports will be published.
Dr David Haslam, the clinical director of the National Obesity Forum, said the incentives scheme smacked of “desperation”. There was little evidence that payments would work and it would be difficult to check whether people were regularly taking exercise.
A recent analysis of nine research studies which used financial incentives found there was no effect on weight after 12 months. Aberdeen University’s Health Services Research Unit said eating more fruit and vegetables was more effective than paying for weight loss.
Andrew Lansley, the shadow health secretary, accused the Government of stealing his party’s ideas for healthy lifestyle reward vouchers, but criticised plans for cash handouts for shedding pounds.
However, Dr Ian Campbell, the medical director of Weight Concern, said work-based incentive schemes were a “win win” because the employer benefited from a workforce that was less likely to take time off sick, while employees improved their health.
He said: “It might sound a bit desperate but we are desperate so we have to look at all these things.”
A spokesman for the Department of Health said: “The use of incentives is at a very early stage. We are working with the experts, looking at the success of schemes worldwide that have been used in the public and private sector.”
A person with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25 is overweight, those with a BMI above 30 are classed as obese. A healthy BMI is between 18.5 and 25.