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As if fatties don't get enough grief... - Historian - 12-15-2006

This article made me mad...[Image: rollingpin.gif]
<a target="_blank" href="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0%2C%2C2-2505374%2C00.html">Link to story</a>
<table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="305"> <tbody><tr><td><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="305"><tbody><tr><td valign="top">Larger-size clothes should come with warning to lose weight, say experts Nigel Hawkes, Health Editor
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Quote: How about just weighing everyone when they try to buy a candy bar...
Writing in the British Medical Journal, the team says that “pull yourself together, eat less and exercise more” is an inadequate response to obesity, voiced only by “less perceptive health professionals” and the media. What fat people need is help, advice and sympathy to overcome their addiction to food, says the group of public health professional, which includes Sir George Alberti, the Government’s national director for emergency care.
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</td></tr></tbody></table>Their checklist of possible actions includes:

[*]Printing a helpline numbers for advice with all clothes sold with a waist of more than 40in for men and 37in for boys, women’s garments with a waist of more than 35in or size 16 or above, and more than 31in for girls
Quote: As if shopping for clothes wasn't enough of an excerise in self-hate, now the <i>clothes themselves </i>are nagging you.
[*]Banning the placement of sweets and fatty snacks at or near shop tills and at children’s eye level [*]Taxing processed foods that are high in sugar or saturated fat [*]Introducing health checks for all school leavers, both primary and secondary [*]Allowing new urban roads only if they have cycle lanes [*]Establishing a dedicated central agency responsible for all aspects of obesity

The report was put together by Laurence Gruer, director of public health science at NHS Health Scotland, and Sir George, who is emeritus professor of medicine at Newcastle University. The Glasgow University professors Naveed Sattar and Mike Lean also contributed to the report, which calls for wider acceptance of drugs and surgery as ways of cutting the health risks that stem from obesity. The report concludes: “Medical practice must adapt to the current epidemic of obesity and nutrition-related diseases. The profession must unite the forces of public health and acute services to generate sustainable changes in food and lifestyles: matters at the heart of our cultural identities.
“Furthermore, training in public health medicine should urge all doctors to contribute towards bringing changes in the food industry and in the environment that will lead to a more physically active, healthier and happier population.
“As the prevalence and costs of obesity escalate, the economic argument for giving high priority to obesity and weight management through a designated co-ordinating agency will ultimately become overwhelming.The only question is, will action be taken before it is too late?” Letters, page 22
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