“In England almost two-thirds of adults and a third of children are either overweight or obese. ” Chief Medical Officer Sir Liam Donaldson
The Local Government Association, which represents over 400 councils in England and Wales, says that Britain is fast becoming the “obesity capital of the world” and even more must be done to stop the nation’s waistline continuing to expand.
Cllr David Rogers, LGA spokesperson on public health, said: “It’s a massive issue for public health but it also risks placing an unprecedented amount of pressure on council services.
“Obesity is increasingly costing the council taxpayer dear. It falls to social services to care for the house-bound obese adults, to invest money in encouraging people to be active and to replace school furniture that is just too small for larger pupils.
“Council equipment and infrastructure is having to be modified to deal with a population that is getting larger and larger.” He called for a national debate about the extent to which it is acceptable.
Tam Fry of the National Obesity Forum said “draconian” interventions were necessary. He warned that, as a nation, we are all getting fatter and risked early death as a result.