Fat and Alcohol will bancrupt the Regional Health Services – So who believes in some form of co-payment and/or deserts based rationing?

Fat and Alcohol will bankrupt the Regional Health Services – So who believes in some form of co-payment and/or deserts based rationing? Of course we don’t officially ration health care, so the possibility is a non-starter under current rules…

Dominic Walsh  reports 29th May in The Times: Slimming firms set to make big profits on NHS

Oliver Moody reports 29th May: British girls have become the fattest in Europe

British girls are the fattest in Europe, a landmark study has found.

The UK has had one of the fastest rises in obesity among developed nations since 1980 and ranks among the lowest 40 countries in the world, according to the largest and most comprehensive study into global weight problems conducted.

With 29.2 per cent of British girls under the age of 19 obese or overweight, Britain has the 27th-worst record in the world, falling between Dominica and Mexico. Only Iceland and Malta have worse overall rates of obesity in Europe, while Switzerland, France and Italy are among the least overweight countries on most measures.

On present trends, Britain could fall well short of the government’s stated ambition to reverse the rise of obesity in adults by 2020.

Leading public health experts have called for the government to encourage big food companies to make healthy food more affordable, market fast food less aggressively and produce clearer labelling.

According to the 2011 census, there were 7.38 million girls in Britain, meaning that at least 2.1 million are obese or overweight. The problem is marginally less acute for boys in Britain, but more than a quarter, about two million, are clinically overweight. Among adults, two thirds of men and 57 per cent of women are overweight or obese.

John Newton, chief knowledge officer at the government agency Public Health England, said that the “worrying” prevalence of obesity among British girls was partly due to peer pressure to eat fast food.

“We have to look at the environment in which people are living, and the constant pressure to eat unhealthy food means things are particularly a problem for girls more than boys,” he said. “Speaking as the father of a teenage daughter, girls are particularly prone to peer pressure.”

He said that Britain’s obesity levels were made worse by Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland because of their relative poverty and unhealthy diets.

The study is published today in the Lancet. Researchers led by the University of Washington in Seattle found that no country had recorded a significant fall in obesity levels since 1980.

Some of the most rapid increases in obesity among adults in rich countries have come in the United States, where a third of the adult population is obese, as well as Australia and Britain.

One of the most senior obesity experts in Europe said that labour-saving gadgets, from washing machines to computers, had made people sedentary….

Interactive Map graphic: Obesity among European girls

BBC news reports 29th May 2014: Prescription drugs to treat alcohol top £3m

There were a million hospital admissions related to alcohol last year in England and £3.13m was spent on prescription drugs to treat alcohol dependency.

The Health and Social Care Information Centre’s latest report shows that 65% of adults admitted were men, but more under-16 girls than boys were admitted….



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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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