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Obese paid to lose weight?

24th January 2008

The government has unveiled a major strategy aimed at cutting the levels of obesity in England.


The £372m plan includes an aggressive campaign to promote healthy living to parents and could potentially include giving people gym vouchers as an incentive for them to do exercise or payments to lose weight.

Employers will also be asked to play a greater role in creating a healthy workforce, possibly by holding weight loss competitions, while authorities could limit fast food outlets near schools and parks.

Also included in the strategy is a £30m proposal to establish healthy towns with cycle routes and pedestrian areas.

Clear food labelling was also announced under the scheme with the government warning that if retailers and food producers could not agree on o a single system, regulation may be needed. The government backs the traffic light system over labelling which shows levels of salts, sugar and fat under guideline daily amounts.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown said: “We must do nothing less than transform the environment in which we all live. We must increase the opportunities we all have to make healthy choices around the exercise we take and the food we eat.?

Almost a quarter of adults and 20% of children in the UK are obese and experts fear that could rise to 60% of men, 50% of women and 25% of children by 2050.

Health secretary Alan Mr Johnson said: “The core of the problem is simple - we eat too much and we do too little exercise. The solution is more complex.?


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Edward Hutchinson

Wednesday 30th January 2008 @ 20:16

It appears Alan Jonhson hasn't read Gary Taubes new book "The Diet Delusion: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom on Diet, Weight Loss and Disease"
Nor has he listened to the Berkley lecture The Quality of Calories: What Makes Us Fat and Why Nobody Seems to Care http://webcast.berkeley.edu/event_details.php?webcastid=21216
The core of the problem is "What makes us eat too much" and the answer is Carbohydrates drive glucose that drives insulin and insulin causes weight gain.

Alan Johnson is wrong on the exercise front as well. Just read

The Scientist and the Stairmaster
Why most of us believe that exercise makes us thinner—and why we're wrong

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