COMMENT: NHS foots the bill for obese instead of bad food industry

Witney Gazette: COMMENT: NHS foots the bill for obese instead of bad food industry COMMENT: NHS foots the bill for obese instead of bad food industry

THE battle of the bulging waistlines shows no signs of stopping. The latest figures to reveal the impact of our growing weight show a 10-fold increase in patients needing specialist transport in the past decade.

With the numbers spiralling, so is the cost. If trends continue, it could reach £100,000 a year.

That cost deprives the NHS of spending elsewhere and transport is just one area where obesity is devouring budgets.

There is still debate over whether those who reach colossal weights do so from a lifestyle choice or a predisposition towards gaining weight. What is needed is clarity over the causes and action to address it.

So far, measures have proved ineffective as borne out by the numbers.

Food labelling is not consistent and remains confusing to many.

Free school meals hope to tackle the crisis at the earliest ages. But many primary schools do not have kitchens – the Oxford Mail revealed 41 were lacking facilities in the county – and will have to bus in supplies instead, while sugary, high-fat foods are still on offer in shops.

Calls for a fat tax on food fall on deaf ears at Westminster, which often instead reverberates with the voices of company lobbyists. The Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is having to shoulder the burden.

Residents ultimately foot the bill.

Obesity is a ticking health time-bomb that is only getting worse and the time to act is now.

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9:27am Tue 17 Jun 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

The primary schools without kitchens shouldn't be a problem as such. We are but 45 miles from one of the worlds largest airports with companies that specialise in the mass production of a large variety of oven-ready meals at a keen price for the airline industry.

If an airline can serve a hot meal to 450 people within a short space of time from tiny galleys - something can be worked out for primary schools too.

Prepared and mass production doesn't mean poor quality - you just have to robust in the specification.
The primary schools without kitchens shouldn't be a problem as such. We are but 45 miles from one of the worlds largest airports with companies that specialise in the mass production of a large variety of oven-ready meals at a keen price for the airline industry. If an airline can serve a hot meal to 450 people within a short space of time from tiny galleys - something can be worked out for primary schools too. Prepared and mass production doesn't mean poor quality - you just have to robust in the specification. Andrew:Oxford
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12:50pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Lord Palmerstone says...

Whilst it's fun to have a pantomime villain ("the bad food industry") to boo and hiss, it is naïve to underestimate the part played by stupidity (how many times have you looked in another's trolley at the checkout and thought "for the price of all those ready meals I could have bought a week's worth of excellent food"?) and sloth. Quit waddling to your cars you barrage balloons. Throw away the keys.
Whilst it's fun to have a pantomime villain ("the bad food industry") to boo and hiss, it is naïve to underestimate the part played by stupidity (how many times have you looked in another's trolley at the checkout and thought "for the price of all those ready meals I could have bought a week's worth of excellent food"?) and sloth. Quit waddling to your cars you barrage balloons. Throw away the keys. Lord Palmerstone
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1:04pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

Lord Palmerstone wrote:
Whilst it's fun to have a pantomime villain ("the bad food industry") to boo and hiss, it is naïve to underestimate the part played by stupidity (how many times have you looked in another's trolley at the checkout and thought "for the price of all those ready meals I could have bought a week's worth of excellent food"?) and sloth. Quit waddling to your cars you barrage balloons. Throw away the keys.
Well, the "Activists" along with the food industry have made things so easy for someone looking for a tasty meal or snack.

All you need to do is look for the nutritional information box on the packaging -more red than green or higher the percentage - the more tasty and delicious the food!
[quote][p][bold]Lord Palmerstone[/bold] wrote: Whilst it's fun to have a pantomime villain ("the bad food industry") to boo and hiss, it is naïve to underestimate the part played by stupidity (how many times have you looked in another's trolley at the checkout and thought "for the price of all those ready meals I could have bought a week's worth of excellent food"?) and sloth. Quit waddling to your cars you barrage balloons. Throw away the keys.[/p][/quote]Well, the "Activists" along with the food industry have made things so easy for someone looking for a tasty meal or snack. All you need to do is look for the nutritional information box on the packaging -more red than green or higher the percentage - the more tasty and delicious the food! Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 1

1:15pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Lord Palmerstone says...

Andrew:Oxford wrote:
Lord Palmerstone wrote:
Whilst it's fun to have a pantomime villain ("the bad food industry") to boo and hiss, it is naïve to underestimate the part played by stupidity (how many times have you looked in another's trolley at the checkout and thought "for the price of all those ready meals I could have bought a week's worth of excellent food"?) and sloth. Quit waddling to your cars you barrage balloons. Throw away the keys.
Well, the "Activists" along with the food industry have made things so easy for someone looking for a tasty meal or snack.

All you need to do is look for the nutritional information box on the packaging -more red than green or higher the percentage - the more tasty and delicious the food!
I've never seen a "nutritional information box" on my chicken , or fish, or mince or chops-I could go on. And I make a tasty meal and if I want a "snack" I tend to have a bit of cheese or an olive.
Methinks the "Brave New World" of "snacks" & "tasty meals" is more..."Yea, slimy things did crawl with legs. Upon the slimy sea."
[quote][p][bold]Andrew:Oxford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lord Palmerstone[/bold] wrote: Whilst it's fun to have a pantomime villain ("the bad food industry") to boo and hiss, it is naïve to underestimate the part played by stupidity (how many times have you looked in another's trolley at the checkout and thought "for the price of all those ready meals I could have bought a week's worth of excellent food"?) and sloth. Quit waddling to your cars you barrage balloons. Throw away the keys.[/p][/quote]Well, the "Activists" along with the food industry have made things so easy for someone looking for a tasty meal or snack. All you need to do is look for the nutritional information box on the packaging -more red than green or higher the percentage - the more tasty and delicious the food![/p][/quote]I've never seen a "nutritional information box" on my chicken , or fish, or mince or chops-I could go on. And I make a tasty meal and if I want a "snack" I tend to have a bit of cheese or an olive. Methinks the "Brave New World" of "snacks" & "tasty meals" is more..."Yea, slimy things did crawl with legs. Upon the slimy sea." Lord Palmerstone
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7:13pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

It doesn't matter what's printed on food labels, a mirror and a set of scales should be enough to make somebody rethink their food choices.
Eating healthily isn't expensive either, salad items are dirt cheap, pasta and sauce, also cheap, as are plenty of other meals obviously.
People need to get out of the habit of frying things, the only things I fry, and only occasionally at that, is eggs, everything else is grilled, or done in the oven.
It should be the obese that foot the bill, nobody forced them to get fat.
It doesn't matter what's printed on food labels, a mirror and a set of scales should be enough to make somebody rethink their food choices. Eating healthily isn't expensive either, salad items are dirt cheap, pasta and sauce, also cheap, as are plenty of other meals obviously. People need to get out of the habit of frying things, the only things I fry, and only occasionally at that, is eggs, everything else is grilled, or done in the oven. It should be the obese that foot the bill, nobody forced them to get fat. Dilligaf2010
  • Score: 0

3:10am Wed 18 Jun 14

Lord Palmerstone says...

Dilligaf2010 wrote:
It doesn't matter what's printed on food labels, a mirror and a set of scales should be enough to make somebody rethink their food choices.
Eating healthily isn't expensive either, salad items are dirt cheap, pasta and sauce, also cheap, as are plenty of other meals obviously.
People need to get out of the habit of frying things, the only things I fry, and only occasionally at that, is eggs, everything else is grilled, or done in the oven.
It should be the obese that foot the bill, nobody forced them to get fat.
I think we've been tiptoeing around the fact that most of the significantly obese are not net tax payers. They don't pay for the NHS now, nor will they in the future.
[quote][p][bold]Dilligaf2010[/bold] wrote: It doesn't matter what's printed on food labels, a mirror and a set of scales should be enough to make somebody rethink their food choices. Eating healthily isn't expensive either, salad items are dirt cheap, pasta and sauce, also cheap, as are plenty of other meals obviously. People need to get out of the habit of frying things, the only things I fry, and only occasionally at that, is eggs, everything else is grilled, or done in the oven. It should be the obese that foot the bill, nobody forced them to get fat.[/p][/quote]I think we've been tiptoeing around the fact that most of the significantly obese are not net tax payers. They don't pay for the NHS now, nor will they in the future. Lord Palmerstone
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5:12pm Fri 20 Jun 14

oafie says...

And meanwhile......in the nhs dental service, you seem to have to fork out £50 to see the Hygienist as the dentist won't do such things as a scale and polish anymore.....and you get a lecture about your, eating, drinking, smoking, not flossing five times a day........Any treatment identified and you seem to get told, oh we can't do that on the nhs.....(they can of course do it privately).
And meanwhile......in the nhs dental service, you seem to have to fork out £50 to see the Hygienist as the dentist won't do such things as a scale and polish anymore.....and you get a lecture about your, eating, drinking, smoking, not flossing five times a day........Any treatment identified and you seem to get told, oh we can't do that on the nhs.....(they can of course do it privately). oafie
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5:17pm Fri 20 Jun 14

oafie says...

"Free school meals hope to tackle the crisis at the earliest ages. But many primary schools do not have kitchens"...........
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And what about the parents before then, many eating habits are well established by the time school dinners come into play.......
"Free school meals hope to tackle the crisis at the earliest ages. But many primary schools do not have kitchens"........... . And what about the parents before then, many eating habits are well established by the time school dinners come into play....... oafie
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