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The best way to tackle obesity?

GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands ModeratorPosts: 9,349 mod
In the UK, obesity is a growing issue (if you'll pardon the pun) and there is no doubt that we need to do something about it. However, people don't seem to be able to take responsibility for their own health, so the government are starting to tax unhealthy foods to make it more expensive.

Do you think that this is the best way to tackle obesity?
Can you think of any better ways that it could be dealt with?

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  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 38,238 ✭✭✭✭
    I don't think that taxing unhealthy foods is necessarily a good way to reduce obesity. Education is by far the most important way, and arguably, where health problems are 'self-inflicted' (like with smoking), then maybe the NHS should not be expected to cover the full cost. If people realise that they are responsible for their own health and that they will have to pay, then maybe they will give up smoking and look at how to reduce obesity.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 9,349 mod
    mheredge said:

    I don't think that taxing unhealthy foods is necessarily a good way to reduce obesity. Education is by far the most important way, and arguably, where health problems are 'self-inflicted' (like with smoking), then maybe the NHS should not be expected to cover the full cost. If people realise that they are responsible for their own health and that they will have to pay, then maybe they will give up smoking and look at how to reduce obesity.

    I think by taxing unhealthy foods people will just spend more money on them, and will buy less healthy food, rather than the other way round.. which isn't exactly what the government are aiming for.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 38,238 ✭✭✭✭
    I suppose the additional taxes could always go to the NHS to help pay for the treatment of obese patients @GemmaRowlands. Unfortunately it doesn't usually work that way.

    Interestingly, it is thought that when you eat can have some influence on how you can gain or lose weight. For example, some preliminary evidence suggests that more energy is used to process a meal when it’s eaten in the morning, compared with later in the day, so you burn slightly more calories if you eat earlier. However, it’s still unclear how much of a difference this would make to overall body weight.

    http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20190304-how-meal-timings-affect-your-waistline

    This movie is interesting too. It suggests how simple brain training that can help you lose weight.



  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 9,349 mod
    mheredge said:

    I suppose the additional taxes could always go to the NHS to help pay for the treatment of obese patients @GemmaRowlands. Unfortunately it doesn't usually work that way.

    Interestingly, it is thought that when you eat can have some influence on how you can gain or lose weight. For example, some preliminary evidence suggests that more energy is used to process a meal when it’s eaten in the morning, compared with later in the day, so you burn slightly more calories if you eat earlier. However, it’s still unclear how much of a difference this would make to overall body weight.

    http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20190304-how-meal-timings-affect-your-waistline

    This movie is interesting too. It suggests how simple brain training that can help you lose weight.



    I think differences like that would only make a small difference, so people who are very overweight couldn't really lose weight just by eating exactly the same but at different times, for example.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 38,238 ✭✭✭✭
    I find that I am sometimes dreadful at eating too much in the evening, if I am just nibbling over a period of time. It is far better that I go out or if I eat a proper sit-down meal. Snacking can easily get out of control for me.
  • Leticia_VeganaLeticia_Vegana Posts: 4
    edited April 30
    > @GemmaRowlands said:

    > 1 - Do you think that this is the best way to tackle obesity?
    > 2 - Can you think of any better ways that it could be dealt with?

    1 -

    I think it is a good ideia: tax unhealthy foods. It's possible that it works.
    I understand that to change eating habits can be hard for many people. The unhealthy food causes quimical dependency - sugar, fat and salt industrialized. But also people like so much save money.

    2 -

    The vegetables needs as much commercial advertising as junk food.

    Many information, for exemplo, that vegetables are anti-inflammatories. They help maintain a healthy weight. The meat, eggs, milk, cheese contribute to the swelling and weight gain

    Plant diet is healing, economics and sustanble. It is good for human health and for life on the planet.
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