Obesity is when a person is overweight, this is more prominent in more developed nations due to the increased wealth of citizens giving them more income to spend on foods and unhealthy lifestyles. Being obese lowers your life expectancy by 9 years and can lead to conditions such as type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease.
Case Studies for solutions:
Oxfordshire has been increasing people’s activity levels through the Oxford Sports Partnership which has lead to Oxfordshire being rated the most active county in the country for two years running. In 2012 the Oxford Sports Partnership launched Active Women a project aimed at increasing female participation in Athletics, Badminton, Netball, Football and Gymnastics. Activity lowers the chance of people being overweight as they burn more
The UK government have collaborated with a number of major supermarket and food distributors to introduce nutrition labels to food items to indicate the amount of salt, saturates, sugars, fats and energy and how these relate to the national average. This becomes compulsory in 2016.
Fat tax introduced on butter, milk, meat and other processed foods. Aim was to reduce consumption by increasing the cost, counteracting one of the main causes of obesity. However Scheme was abandoned in 2012 when it proved unsuccessful in changing Danes eating habits.