The Scottish government is working in sync with the food industry, businesses and schools to try to find a lasting solution to the obesity problem, which could even threaten the country’s economic performance. It is alarming to note that among developed countries, only the US and Mexico have a worse obesity problem than Scotland, where 27 per cent of adults were obese and a further 38 per cent overweight in 2008.It is reported that adult obesity in Scotland is likely to reach 40 per cent by 2030 when the obesity problem would cost taxpayers an estimated £3 billion a year if the current food habits are left unchecked.
The Government is taking many steps to tackle obesity including removing the display of sweets in shops and restricting the sale of high-calorie food near schools apart from making appropriate policy changes to ensure the best results. The anti obesity drive is losing its sheen because of lack of monetary assistance and funding and The Scottish Retail Consortium, which helps the customers in choosing well balanced diet is skeptical about the final results considering the fact that food is ultimately a personal choice where the individuals decide what they eat!
If everything works out as planned and the anti obesity drive proceeds without any hitch, it will bring down the curtains over the many corner shops of Scotland that display an array of lip smacking confectionery and fizzy drinks that attract kids and adults alike! If Scotland succeeds in its efforts to curb obesity, then it will be one of the first countries in the world to have successfully addressed obesity.
Obesity has become one of the scariest things for people of Scotland; this rich country holds a huge number of obese population which has put Scotland in the second spot for being the second obese nation in the world. Many programmes and campaigns have been so far implemented to overcome this vast problem. Moving a step forward a new drive has been launched recently to break this jinx which is haunting Scotland for quite a long time.
This new obesity eradication drive will be focusing specially on children, meanwhile the Mend (mind, exercise, nutrition- do it) programme will focus on to make sure that the children and their families are well aware about the nutritional value of food. Mend has started its initiative in East Ayrshire, in which children and their parents are taking part in two sessions a week for a total of ten weeks. In this educative session they will gain essential information regarding nutritional values, importance of exercise and also will motivate them to stick to a healthy living.
It was also informed that after this informative session gets over in the East Ayrshire region, it will then be launched for other places like Aberdeen, Borders, Glasgow and Edinburgh. This programme which was started to control the growing obesity issue is gaining positive feed backs from many families. People are benefiting from this session and are very excited to move on to a healthy life.
Obesity has not only affected ones physical identity, but also had made them psychologically weak. Obese people have to go through many harsh realities in our society and have to live a discarded life. There are instance when this mental trauma makes them to go for suicidal attempts. Well the problem seems very big and scary, but we ourselves are responsible to develop this fat trouble in a slow course of time. Its better to stick to a healthy diet, so that one doesn’t regret afterwards.
With the active participation by people of Scotland towards these health programmes it seems as if Scots have very well understood the ill-effects of obesity and are desperately looking for a better and healthier tomorrow.
Obesity has always been one of the scariest words for almost every single person; no one really desires to be called obese. But the saddest thing is that this bulky term has slowly become a part of our lives. Nowadays one can find obese persons any where, and even children neither are spared from its effect. In order to regulate this obesity syndrome in children the schools have taken an initiative by banning burger and ice cream vans from outside school gates.
This bold step was taken to make sure children stay away from those junk foods. This positive move by Renfrewshire Council was taken to tackle this growing problem. It was informed that changes were made in the licences of street traders restricting them to trade around school. As per the new rule there would be a ban on the sale of food and drinks within 500 metres of the 51 primary schools and 11secondary schools in the area. With this restriction junk food items and fizzy drinks will now not been seen around the school area.
As it is very well known that the main reason for obesity is basically due to a bad food habit and the main source of fats comes from these junk food and restricting them can help to some extent. Many health experts and dieticians have also agreed to the fact that the increased rate of obesity in children is due to an improper diet. The snacks and junk foods they consume are poor in nutritional levels and high on fat contents which develop a serious health concern slowly.
Obesity has affected Scotland to a great extent and it is sad to say that Scotland is the second most obese nation in the world. In this present scenario it is a major concern to control this disorder from its grass root level. And if children are kept away from these junk foods atleast around school it will do some benefit. These fast food and ice cream traders are targeting schools as their hot trading ground. But after this new regulation these vendors have to stop their operation around schools.
Even the parents should come forward in this initiative to fight against obesity and make sure their kids follow a balanced diet.
If your kids are obese or are putting on more weight, then you parents should make sure your kids spends less time in front of TV or computer. In one of the recent research it was found that restricting the hours your kids spends in front of TV or computer screen can make them more fit and slim. The catch behind this new study shows that, restricting children from watching more television will lower their bad eating habit making them healthy.
All parents wish their children to be more fit and healthy, but normally parents never gives a thought as to how much time do their kids are spending in front of television or computer. The more children stay in front of the idiot box (TV) the more they generate a habit of eating junk, and fast foods which adds to their fat contents. In the study researchers performed a test on two groups of children aged four to seven years. One group of children were given a fixed time limit to watch TV or use the computers. While the other group had no limits they can spend as much time as they wish in front of the TV or computer.
The study found that the children watching too much TV or spending more time before computers added to their weight. It is known that watching more television enhances the habit of consuming more fast foods and beverages which are advertised on TV. Children get attracted towards those junk and fizzy foods and generate a bad eating habit in long run. Meanwhile the children who were limited with their hours to watch television reduced their consumption rates.
It is known that obesity is one of the biggest threats which Scotland is facing and it is shocking to find that about 23 per cent of the young kids below four years are facing the problem of overweight. If children are regulated with their television watching they are at a lower risk to adapt bad eating habits. Also they are lower risk to put on access body weight. So do check from next time how much time your children are spending in front of television or computer.
A new tax scheme is all set to be levied on the obese insurance holders, who now have to bear an extra ‘fat tax’ which will make them to pay about 50% more on their premiums. Confirming this new insurance scheme, Legal & General insurance company informed that the new insurance scheme will overburden the new applicants with 13% increase in premiums. Anyone with a body mass index of 30 or higher will be liable to pay that extra premium for being obese.
This new structure of insurance has made things tougher for all those insurance holders who fall under the high-risk category. So from now over weight people, smokers and even people with serious medical problems have to pay more premium than what they were paying before. This announcement has resulted to be a bitter one for all those obese and people with serious health troubles who will fall under this new scheme.
With the second largest cases of obesity in world, UK is living dangerously with many live threatening diseases like cancer, heart diseases, diabetes and many more other disorders which is growing up at a brisk rate. Obesity is one of the serious problems which Britain is bearing since many years and this fat problem makes one vulnerable to many other serious diseases in due course.
With the new policy the insurance sector has embraced will affect a huge number of insurance holders to pay more to insure their lives. This has made these obese insurance holders to face the dual battle, first with the obesity syndrome and other with the excess premium which they have to pay every time. This ‘fat tax’ is all set to over burden the obese insurance holders in Britain.