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Lost in Space

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#1 16 years ago

This is the current item doing the news at the moment in the UK, but what are your views on this situation does it affcet you or do quite frankly not care?

Now for a story,

A CHILD of THREE has died from obesity, it was revealed yesterday.

The youngster, reported to be a Bengali girl from East London, suffered heart failure brought on by excessive weight — the first such case in Britain.

She was said to have weighed about 6st when found dead in bed. The average for a child her age is 2st 4lb. Her body mass index — used to measure obesity — was 39.5. It should be between 20 and 25.

The death, which has shocked the medical world, was reported as experts warned the obesity epidemic sweeping Britain could kill many more children.

The tragedy of the tot was highlighted in the all-party Commons Health Committee report on the country’s growing weight crisis.

Dr Sheila McKenzie, head of a clinic at the Royal London Hospital where the child was treated, told MPs she had seen youngsters “choking on their own fat”.

Her special clinic, open just three years, already has an 11-month waiting list.

Meanwhile Britons of ALL ages were warned of the dire consequences of their bulging waistlines.

In their report, MPs predicted an explosion of premature deaths and serious illnesses — some leading to amputation of limbs or blindness.

The committee condemned ministers, the NHS, food manufacturers and advertisers for failing to combat the crisis.

Their report, which followed a year-long inquiry into the dangers posed by fatty food, showed that:

OBESITY has grown by nearly 400 per cent in just 25 years.

THREE-QUARTERS of all adults are now overweight.

ENGLAND has the fastest growing obesity problem in Europe.

CHILDHOOD obesity has tripled in 20 years.

TODAY’S kids will be the first for more than a century to see their life expectancy drop compared to previous generations.

THE crisis is so acute that the NHS could collapse under the strain of dealing with the £7.4billion-a-year cost of tackling it.

Steven Bloom, head of obesity research at London’s Hammersmith Hospital, revealed that 1,000 people across the UK die from illnesses linked to the condition every WEEK.

He said: “We need more research on how to regulate appetite.”

The MPs’ dossier backed him up by saying: “With quite astonishing rapidity, an epidemic of obesity has swept over England. That word is normally applied to a contagious disease that is rapidly spreading.

“Obesity will soon surpass smoking as the greatest cause of premature loss of life. It will entail levels of sickness that will put enormous strains on the health service.”

Their study predicted an extra million tubby Britons will suffer from diabetes. This can in turn lead to circulation problems resulting in amputations or blindness.

The report said: “The sight of amputees will be much more familiar on our streets. There will be many more blind people. There will be huge demand for kidney dialysis.”

Here are the distances you’d have to walk, and how long it takes at around 3mph, to work off five meals and drinks

The MPs called for a voluntary withdrawal of junk food TV advertising aimed at children. They blasted manufacturers for encouraging kids to pester parents for unhealthy crisps, chocs and fizzy pop.

And they highlighted high-profile campaigns using celebrities like Gary Lineker, who has plugged Walkers crisps for years.

The committee warned that if the industry did not introduce voluntary cutbacks within three years, the Government should step in with compulsory regulations.

The report contained 69 conclusions and recommendations.

It said a “traffic light” system should be introduced on labels to show shoppers the difference between healthy and junk food.

Red would indicate foods high in calories, with amber for medium levels and green for low. The system would also act as an incentive for the industry to re-examine the content of products.

But the committee stopped short of recommending a “fat tax,” allowing manufacturers a sigh of relief.

The MPs also tore into the Government for its “scandalous failure” to tackle the crisis.

Ministers were accused of endorsing the supply of sports equipment and books to schools in promotions by chocolate and crisp firms.

The committee said transport links do not encourage walking or cycling. And they declared it “lamentable” that most children now have less than two hours a week of PE at school. They said it should be at least three hours — and also urged the annual measurement of kids’ body mass index.

This is a general guide to weight bands for young people, but you can allow adjustment for those who are tall or short

The MPs pointed a finger of blame at Britain’s couch-potato culture coupled with exploitation by food firms and supermarkets who push junk snacks rather than fruit.

They said kids need to know that Snickers bars have six times as many calories as an apple, yet leave them half as full.

It’s not only youngsters who are vulnerable. Snack sales to adults have soared from £173million to £541million in the last decade.

The report called for a Cabinet-level committee to oversee action on obesity across Government departments. It also demanded an education campaign like those highlighting the dangers of smoking. Committee chairman David Hinchliffe said: “Our inquiry is a wake-up call for the Government.”

Health Secretary John Reid last night said he shared the MPs’ concerns. But he added that healthier eating was a matter for “individuals and the choices they make” as well as the Government.

Dr Reid said the Health Department was already working with colleagues in other Whitehall offices to encourage Brits to eat nutritious nosh and take exercise.

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Mihail Advanced Member

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#2 16 years ago

these parents should really stop feeding their kids so much food, it's like what can happen if you over feed fish, they will just just get too fat for their own good. It's not like the fish are born like it. I'm tired of that it's in our genetics crap. The less you do, the less food you should eat. simple as that.

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#3 16 years ago

I already posted about this in another forum just today actually, so I'll say here what I said there: not all food is bad for you. Lots of any food is bad for you. Problem is, nobody has willpower enough to stop themselves. They want food they like, quicly and all the time, so they have it. And people are too lazy to work it off afterwards.

I love pizza. I believe my pizza addition is well-known by most. If not, where've you been? But I don't eat it every day, even now I can afford to if I wanted. I eat it maybe once, twice a month usually. I love chocolate. But I don't eat it several times a day. Maybe one bar or two a day, sometimes none. And I exercice, so it doesn't build up. I can't walk to work, it's too far away, but if it weren't, I'd walk there. Cheaper, apart from anything else.

So few people do these simple things nowadays that I'm surprised they haven't all died of snapped spines due to the weight along time ago. And of course, until we force them not to eat themselves to death, they will never stop.

Of course, there's some people who cannot help it. They can do everything I do, eat the same, exercise the same, and they'll still be fat. And, providing they're doing everything in their power, I sympathise and wish them well. But I doubt we've had a 400% raise in obesity because of THIS...

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#4 16 years ago

you know when your underwater and you think you have no more air left? well infact you still have plenty of air, it's the reaction from your brain making you think you don't. It's much like eating, you think you need food, but you really don't you grow into a habit of constantly eating, and doing much less.

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#5 16 years ago

that's disturbing. very, very, disturbing.

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#6 16 years ago

indeed, it is natural for people to have a certain urge to eat, but most people will now when to stop eating. If you "think" that you are hungry all day long you should seek medical help (and in this case the parents should have contacted a doktor), i'm sure that the kid didn't turned in a fat monster during its midnight sleep so the parents should have noticed that their kid became way too the parents are partly to blame.



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#7 16 years ago

Obesity is disturbing. I try to stay healthy, eating right, working out, etc. I don't wan't to become a fat blob of glandular fat.


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#8 16 years ago

Punish the parents.

Punish the fatties.

Don't blame the food.



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#9 16 years ago

What ever happened to self-restraint?

I eat right, exercise(lift weights & run at least a mile a day[on a treadmill]), and I use SELF RESTRAINT.

People just need to think about what that Big Mac or slice of pizza will do to you, if you don't exercise.


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#10 16 years ago

think there should be rehabilitation clinics for overweight people too