Experts urge for more steps to fight obesity in the UK

Experts urge for more steps to fight obesity in the UK

Healthcare experts have said that more steps should be taken to fight obesity in the United Kingdom as it leads to several diseases.

The new report from Cancer Research UK and the UK Health Forum showed that almost three in four adults will be overweight or obese by 2035 if adequate steps are not taken to address the issue. The charity had called for an immediate action to address the obesity issue and urged to government to impose a tax on sugary drinks for the first time.

The report warned that more people will be obese than overweight by 2030. It also estimated that the cost of obesity to the NHS will be an extra £2.5 billion a year by 2035. The new report comes with the beginning of this year's National Obesity Week yesterday. The National Obesity Week urges people in the country to eat healthier, be more active, improve our overall health, and get support if required.

Dr Mike Knapton, a leading GP in Cambridge and associate medical director of the British Heart Foundation, said, "It's a big public health issue. I don't think obesity is an individual's active choice, it's to do with environment. The reason western societies are putting weight on is because of the environment that we live in.High fat, high salt and high sugar are cheap and easily available and they are marketed by food retailers.We don't make it easy for people to do physical activity, we make it easy to drive a car so people need to make active changes to do that."


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