Government 'should prevent obesity before it hits'

28 August 2012

The government should seriously think about preventing obesity before it occurs in the first place, one expert has stipulated.

Tam Fry, spokesman for the National Obesity Forum, pointed out that up until now, there have been myriads of measures in place designed to get overweight and obese people down to a healthy weight.

However, these methods take up a lot of time and are very expensive, he notes.

Mr Fry said: "What we have not done is to spend or to focus sufficient resources into preventing obesity taking place."

He said that this would involve making sure the food on offer is as healthy as possible and encouraging physical activity "in a much more focused fashion" than it currently is being promoted at the moment.

One area that should be tackled, he observed, is obesity in pregnant women. This leads to obesity in their newborn babies which can be the "beginning of a downward spiral".

"We need to make absolutely sure that girls in particular, are a healthy weight when they come into pregnancy. That is the sort of thing we need to do in order to prevent obesity," continued Mr Fry.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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