Dame Sally Davies – England’s chief medical officer – has expressed her concern that obese people are failing to recognise that they are of an unhealthy weight.
According to her annual report on the state of health, parents of overweight children are also among those who are failing to spot the signs that there is a problem.
Dame Sally believes this is the case because of the way weight is portrayed in the media and clothing industry:
“Larger mannequins are being introduced into clothes shops and “size inflation” means that clothes with the same size label have become larger in recent decades.
“And news stories about weight often feature pictures of severely obese people, which are unrepresentative of the majority of overweight people.”
A particular issue Dame Sally addressed is the amount of sugar children and adults of all ages are consuming on a daily basis. Last month she argued at the Health Select Committee that a sugar tax may be necessary to combat obesity and she continues to believe this needs to be “considered”.
Research suggests Dame Sally has good reason to be concerned. Today, nearly two thirds of adults and a third of children are overweight or obese. This is double the numbers in the early 1990s and figures continue to grow.
Professor Kevin Fenton, of Public Health England, said he agreed with Dame Sally’s annual report:
“We share her concerns. Overweight and obesity costs the NHS over £5 billion each year and is entirely preventable.”
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