New National Program: Requires Doctors to Report Patients Who Put on Weight
You may want to think again before scarfing down that Big Mac, if you live in the UK. In an attempt to combat obesity, doctors are now being required to report people who gain weight. That’s right, Big Brother now knows if you choose a hot dog over a salad. Makes you feel protected, doesn’t it?
From The Telegraph:
GPs will be asked to identify patients who are putting on weight under a new national programme to help fight obesity.
Simon Stevens, the head of the NHS, said it was time for Britain to “get back in shape” in order to protect millions of people from a host of obesity-related diseases.
Under the scheme, family doctors will be asked to identify anyone who has gained weight and is at risk of diabetes – particularly those aged below 40.
They will then be offered tests for pre-diabetes, followed by healthy lifestyle advice and close monitoring to ensure they are eating better and exercising more.
It comes as new figures show Britain is now the second fattest nation in Europe, with almost 25 per cent of Britons classified as obese – compared with a European average of 16.7 per cent.
Mr Stevens, the chief executive of the health service, said obesity was a problem that could be tackled – provided schools, parents, the NHS and the food industry all ‘got their act together’ and worked in unison.
In a direct attack on last week’s EU ruling – which said fatness could constitute a disability – Mr Stevens said such fatalistic attitudes to the issue were “daft”.
Instead, he urged millions of people to put Christmas indulgences behind them, and take action to shed the pounds.
“The ghost of Christmases past reminds us that 20 years ago we didn’t have these problems as a nation,” Mr Stevens said.
“The ghost of Christmases future tells us that if we get our act together – as the NHS, as parents, as schools, the food industry – we can get back in shape.”
He called on individuals to take concerted action and suggested attitudes needed to change to prevent the country sleepwalking into the worst public health emergency in at least three decades.
“Rather than recent daft judgments by the European court practically pretending that obesity is inevitable, in England in 2015 we’re going to start proving that it isn’t,” he added.
The new figures – comparing 26 EU countries – show that in Europe, only Hungary now has higher obesity levels than Britain.
In total 24.7 per cent of Britons are now obese, compared with a European average of 16.7 per cent, the figures from the Organisation for Economics and Co-operation disclose.
Six EU countries now have obesity levels less than half those in the UK, the figures show. Italy, Bulgaria, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Austria all have obesity levels of less than 13 per cent, with the lowest rates in Romania, at 7.9 per cent.
In the EU, only Hungary has higher rates of adult obesity than the UK, at 28.5 per cent.
Mr Stevens promised to introduce the first ever national programme to target millions of people at risk of diabetes, because their weight is creeping up.
Well that’s not intrusive or anything. But I suppose when the general population is paying for your healthcare, this is the kind of crap you get. Ahhh, the wonder of socialized healthcare. You hear that, liberals? This is what could happen in America thanks to Obamacare. I hope you like eating tofu and twigs.