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Who Made Britain Fat?

Who Made Britain Fat?

Who made Britain fat? Medical journalist and TV presenter, Dr. Michael Mosley, asked this exact question in his latest documentary, shown on Channel 4 recently. You may believe that weight control is purely down to personal responsibility. However, it seems more and more likely that it’s a much wider problem. Moreover, the government and food industry are playing a significant role in causing the rates of obesity to rise so sharply. On this page, we will share with you some of the facts and figures, and other important information, as presented in the programme.

Who Made Britain Fat?

The statistics are shocking. In the past 40 years, obesity has quadrupled in the UK. So now more than 60% of adults are overweight, and 28% of those are obese. As a result, the UK is the 2nd most obese country in Europe, behind Malta. And in 2021, more than 1 million people were admitted to hospital with obesity-related health conditions. 15 Million people are obese in the UK, and the NHS spends £5 billion per year treating overweight and obese patients. But who made Britain so fat? We also have our own blog post called “How Did We Get So Fat?”

Who Made Britain Fat?

It Costs More To Live And Die With Obesity

Possibly an even more eye-opening revelation explored by Mosley, was that around 15-20% of all coffins these days are bigger than the standard size. Of course, this is because the body of an overweight person is obviously much larger than someone of a normal weight. Apparently, the standard size is 24″ wide, and is only suitable for those who weight up to 350 pounds. Also, did you know that in the UK a burial plot for an ‘oversize’ person costs between £400-£500 extra, on top of the usual fee? So, obese patients cost the NHS billions when they are alive. And in death, they cause a financial burden to their families.

Who Made Britain Fat?

Who Made Britain Fat?

At the other end of the spectrum, childhood obesity is also becoming a serious problem. Between 2020-2022, childhood obesity went up from 1 in 10 to 1 in 7, by the time they start reception class at school. And, as many as a quarter of all year 6 children are obese. In response to the rise, in 2021 the government announced the opening of 15 new specialist childhood obesity units. It’s interesting how, up until then, there was only need for one of these units in the whole country!

Who Made Britain Fat?

Who Made Britain Fat? Lack of Consistency in Govt. Policies

One of the obstacles to tackling the rising obesity problem is the lack of continuity between different governments, as one political party takes over from the other. This means that policies are created, under each particular government, but then there is no further follow-up with then incoming ruling party. The first ever government policy document to mention obesity was back in 1992, under the John Major government. The plan was to reduce obesity in adults. However, since then, a staggering 689 polices targeting obesity have been passed, but unfortunately, only 14 of these have had any potential impact. And we wonder why obesity is increasing…

Also, in 2020, the government pledged to spend £100 million on tackling obesity. You may think that sounds like a lot of money, but just to put things in perspective, it’s a similar amount to what McDonald’s spends on advertising every year! On average, we make around 200 decisions every day about what to eat. It’s phenomenal! Yet most adverts bombard our minds with unhealthy, processed fast food and junk food. Do we ever see healthy food options in any adverts…? This is why obesity is increasing. We also have a page examining the link between obesity and TV screens.

Who Made Britain Fat?

Who Made Britain Fat?

And unfortunately, we all know how powerful money can be in strategic situations, such as advertising and lobbying. To illustrate this point, for instance, lots of “junk food” manufacturers, such as McDonald’s, Burger King, Cadbury’s and Coca-Cola, sponsor sports teams and events. As a result, it promotes the absurd idea that these products are healthy and will enhance a person’s physical performance! So, who made Britain fat…? We also have a blog post revealing some of the top secrets they don’t want us to know…

The Sugar Tax Debate

Regardinleading lobbying government policies, the sugar tax is a classic example. George Osborne introduced the sugar tax in 2018, when he was Chancellor of the Exchequer. This happened because we were starting to realise that sugar was one of the main causes of our rising obesity problem, in both adults and children. As an example, the tax targeted fizzy drinks containing more than 5g per 100ml of sugar. Then the money raised by this tax was supposed to go towards promoting healthy ways to reduce childhood obesity. But in reality, this revenue just goes straight into the government coffers apparently!

And naturally, the sugar industry, as well as big companies such as Coca-Cola and Pepsi, objected to the sugar tax big time, and there was intense lobbying against those promoting it. Celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver, is just one example of someone on the receiving end of the lobbying. He was a big supporter or the sugar tax, but mysteriously, the only time he suffered cyber attacks and break-ins was during the period when he was speaking out against the food industry and the marketing of unhealthy products to children. Such is the power of money and advertising!

Jamie Oliver promoted the UK sugar tax

The Power of Advertising

In the UK, around 57% of our calories come from processed or convenience foods. And in our supermarkets, around 40% of the food we buy is on special offer. As a result, we often end up buying 20% more than we intended. And unfortunately, all the special offers tend to be the less healthy food options, high in sugar, fat and salt. With that in mind, you may like to read our blog post that explains “Why We Love Sugar, Fat and Salt” so much.

Who Made Britain Fat?

You may know that supermarkets employ marketing psychologists to determine the best ways to position certain products. For example, special offer items are often placed at the entrance to the shop, on the ends of the aisles, at eye level, or right by the checkouts. As a result, we are being manipulated into spending an extra £1.7 billion per year on products simply because of how they are laid out in the shop. Just another reason why Britain is fat!

Who Made Britain Fat?

Who Made Britain Fat?

Although it’s only scratching the surface of the problem, the government is now slowly starting to take small steps to control obesity. For instance, a new law coming into force means that supermarkets will no longer be able to offer ‘multi-buys’ on high sugar, fat, salt foods. Also, these products will need to be at least 3 metres from the entrance to the shop.

The Postcode Lottery

It’s probably not a surprise to learn that there is a big difference in UK obesity rates, depending on whether people live in an affluent, or deprived area. For example, in affluent areas, 22% of women are obese, but that figure is almost double, (39%), in deprived areas. Interestingly, the number of fast food outlets also varies considerably, according to different postcodes. For instance, the most deprived postcodes in the UK have 5 times more fast food outlets than affluent postcode areas. They also have the highest level of obesity, in both adults and children. Apparently, there are only 3 postcodes in the whole of the UK without a fast food chicken shop outlet!

Has Covid Made Britain Fat?

Who Made Britain Fat?

When restaurants were closed during the Covid pandemic, it caused a massive rise in fast food and takeaway outlets. In fact this was the fastest growing type of retail outlet in the first half of 2021. And, during the same period, ‘Just Eat’ orders increased by 76%, and Deliveroo orders doubled. Of course, thanks to the numerous smartphone apps available now, it’s even easier than ever before to order fast food, and get it delivered to your door, without expending any energy at all!

Doctor’s Orders May Not Be Enough To Solve The Problem!

Dr. Mosley stated in the “Who Made Britain Fat” documentary that a shocking 80% of illnesses treated by GPs now are related to obesity. Many patients are desperate for help with their obesity problem. So, they are asking their GPs how much weight they would need to gain in order to qualify for bariatric surgery! However, most doctors agree that they didn’t really learn anything about how to tackle obesity and had no nutritional training at all in med. school. Consequently, GPs tend to stick to the outdated mantra of ‘eat less, move more’ and follow the ‘Eatwell’ guidelines, when giving advice to patients.

Who Made Britain Fat?

Who Made Britain Fat?

Mosley also conducted a survey of 1000 GPs. He discovered than only half of them felt comfortable talking to patients about their weight. And, fewer than 4 in 10 of those GPs felt comfortable when it came to talking about a child’s weight with their parent or legal guardian. Also, only 30% felt well-enough equipped to actually treat obese patients. And so Britain just keeps on getting fat…

Michael Mosley himself was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 10 years ago. At the time, his own doctors advised him to start taking medication. However, Mosley decided to simply change his diet and lifestyle instead. As a result, he lost 10kg, and also managed to reverse his diabetes with using any medication at all! Dr. Michael Mosley has written several books and appeared on many different TV programmes, and health-related documentaries. He is probably most famous for creating the 5:2 diet, and more recently, the ‘Fast800’, which promotes a low-carb lifestyle.

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The Takeaway

In conclusion, the TV documentary’s message is that basically it’s not all people’s own fault that they are getting fatter. It’s quite an uphill battle for many, because there are powerful forces working against you. And especially when it comes to your weight, health, and well-being. And unfortunately, it’s often related to money. However, the good news is that with a strong mind and enough motivation to make some changes in your eating habits, we have the tools to help you lose weight, and keep it off permanently. You may like our new dedicated page: Why you should think about skipping breakfast.

A downstream solution

Over the last fifteen years we have treated over a thousand clients each wishing to lose weight. We have amassed over 15,000 clinical 1:1 treatment hours resulting in us being regarded as specialists in our field. Our psychology focused programme has been featured in the media around the world, and details presented at major universities. You can read the details of the programme below. However we are the first to confirm that like so many other organisations, sadly we are providing a downstream solution to obesity. Of course, what is required realistically, is a long-term, upstream intervention.

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Our Top FAQs: Who made Britain fat?

FAQ 1. Who is responsible for making Britain fat?

Answer: While individual responsibility plays a role, the government and food industry are significant contributors to the rise in obesity rates. Dr. Michael Mosley’s documentary explores these factors, revealing a complex interplay of policies, advertising, and societal influences.

FAQ 2. What are the financial implications of living and dying with obesity?

Answer: The financial impact of obesity is extensive. Beyond the NHS spending billions annually on treatment, larger coffins and additional burial costs highlight the economic consequences. This sheds light on the broader societal costs associated with obesity.

FAQ 3. How serious is the issue of childhood obesity?

Answer: Childhood obesity has risen significantly, with 1 in 7 children starting school being obese. The government’s response includes the opening of specialised units, but the surge indicates a need for consistent and effective policies to address this concerning trend.

FAQ 4. What challenges exist due to the lack of consistency in government policies on obesity?

Answer: The lack of continuity between different governments has hindered efforts to tackle obesity. Despite numerous policies, only a fraction have shown potential impact. The need for sustained and coordinated governmental action becomes evident.

FAQ 5. How did the introduction of the sugar tax impact the fight against obesity?

Answer: The introduction of the sugar tax aimed to combat rising obesity, particularly in children. However, the lobbying power of the sugar industry raised challenges, emphasising the influence of big corporations in shaping policies designed to address health issues.

FAQ 6. What role does advertising play in contributing to obesity in the UK?

Answer: The prevalence of processed foods and strategic placement in supermarkets, influenced by marketing psychology, contributes to unhealthy dietary choices. Advertisements heavily favouring unhealthy options play a significant role in the obesity epidemic.

FAQ 7. How do socio-economic factors contribute to obesity, particularly in different areas?

Answer: Disparities in obesity rates between affluent and deprived areas underscore the socio-economic impact on health. The number of fast-food outlets correlates with obesity levels, revealing a definite connection between the food environment and weight.

FAQ 8. Did the Covid pandemic contribute to an increase in obesity in Britain?

Answer: The closure of restaurants during the Covid pandemic led to a surge in fast-food consumption and increased reliance on delivery services. This shift in behaviour highlights the role of external factors, such as a global health crisis, in shaping dietary habits.

Who made Britain fat?

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who made Britain fat

Who made Britain fat?

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Just think for a moment how different your relationship with food and weight loss would be if we re-programmed your subconscious mind to effortlessly replace the word “want” with the word “need”? The result: imagine you are out having dinner with friends ordering a burger. Instead of hearing the waiter asking: “Do you ‘want’ fries with that?” without thinking, you hear and automatically process the question as: “Do you ‘need’ fries with that?” Things would be very different, right? You see, at a cognitive level, we process those words differently. Later, maybe the waiter says, do you ‘want’ another glass of wine? You, of course, hear and cognitively process the word stream as do you ‘need’ another glass of wine. You can watch an animated video explaining ‘Want and Need’ and how it works at the bottom of this page.

Another ‘fix’ in the programme relates to just why people eat. So, during the programme, you will be asked when was the last time you ate in response to actual, physical hunger. Most people say: “Thinking about it, I haven’t been physically hungry for years”. And so we ask them: “Do you ever eat when you are bored, stressed, tired, lonely, depressed, sad, to reward yourself, when watching TV, or maybe just to please someone else?” Then, we do another reset, and so it goes on…

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