Mon Dec 31, 2012, 07:54 PM
alp227 (27,641 posts)
UK needs its own Michelle Obama to tackle obesity, say doctors
Last edited Tue Jan 1, 2013, 02:14 AM - Edit history (1)
Source: The Guardian
High-profile leadership, perhaps by a member of the royal family who could take on a similar role to that played by Michelle Obama in the US, is needed to solve the obesity crisis in the UK, according to one of the authors of a report published on Tuesday.
The report from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) finds that too little is being done for adults who are severely overweight. NHS services are "extremely patchy", it says, even though a quarter of all adults are obese and it is estimated that by 2050 most of the population will be.
Professor John Wass, chair of the working party that produced the report, says there is a real need for leadership. The report calls for a senior figure in government who will take charge of obesity issues across all departments – from education to health, to agriculture and work and pensions.
Wass says we could learn from the US, where Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York, and Michelle Obama in the White House have been leading a successful fight against obesity. He said: "I think we could have a senior figure in London, rather like the mayor of New York, who has led on having smaller measures of Coca-Cola in cups and other things. Michelle Obama has had a huge effect on obesity and getting things labelled.
Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/jan/01/uk-needs-michelle-obama-obesity
So will Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (not Princess, corrected) be the British Michelle Obama? I thought Jamie Oliver (the TV chef) already was. Stay tuned though.
12 replies, 1897 views
UK needs its own Michelle Obama to tackle obesity, say doctors (Original post)
Response to alp227 (Original post)
Mon Dec 31, 2012, 08:02 PM
bigbrother05 (3,940 posts)
2. Jamie took on school lunches. UK lunch ladies were a tough group
Tried doing something similar in US, but not much traction. Funny accent didn't help when trying to win over entrenched school boards.
Response to bigbrother05 (Reply #2)
Mon Dec 31, 2012, 08:05 PM
JI7 (48,354 posts)
3. i think Michelle's way has been a bit more effective because she makes it more enjoyable
Jamie Oliver focused too much on how gross something is like those nuggets but even then the kids still wanted to eat them.
i think they really need to get parents involved in this though. if parents can get kids to eat healther at home and kids get used to those foods they will eat them at school.
Response to hedda_foil (Reply #6)
Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:49 AM
dipsydoodle (42,239 posts)
8. I'm not too sure she'd be a good role model anyway.
She's catwalk thin and almost the opposite extreme to someone who is obese. There's a happy healthy medium somewhere.
There' a side issue to this too. Whereas there is no credible link to mental health issues actually causing obesity there may be a link to obesity itself leading to mental health issues. Some details here http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/joepublic/2009/jan/14/obesity-mental-health-myth
Comparative national obesity figures here : http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/hea_obe-health-obesity
The US is projected to hit 50% by 2030.
Response to alp227 (Original post)
Mon Dec 31, 2012, 11:46 PM
QUALAR (106 posts)
7. Cut A Couple of Fighter Jets Next Time
Let's hope the UK doesn't take the money from their food stamp program like we did to pay for the program. An outrageous proposal by the Obama Administration.