There's a grim new worst-case future scenario in town, delivered by the National Obesity Forum. It claims predictions that 50 per cent of the UK population will be obese by the year 2050 may be optimistic, and that a much higher percentage of the population might be whale-sized a few decades from now.
Rather shockingly, the State of the Nation's Waistline [PDF] report from the NOC suggests this may result in a massive £50bn per year additional financial burden for the NHS by the year 2050, and that despite clear awareness of the looming podge problem, the situation in the UK has in fact worsened since 2007. We have popped and we can't stop.
The report quotes heart disease and stroke research pioneer Professor Sir Michael Marmot, who says: "We are failing too many of our children, women and young people on a grand scale. Health inequality, arising from social and economic inequalities, are socially unjust, unnecessary and unavoidable." [State of the Nation's Waistline [PDF] via Guardian]
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