How do you think the current obesity crisis should be handled?

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People could be rewarded with cash or shopping vouchers if they lose weight under new plans backed by the NHS to tackle the obesity crisis.

In a recent report, by the Health Secretary, the following options were outlined:

  • Employers to offer workers incentives to lose weight, including shopping vouchers, cash or prizes.
  • NHS staff will also be urged to “set a national example” with healthier lifestyles.
  • Local authorities should take tougher action on fast-food and alcohol outlets to improve the health of their populations.

How do you think the obesity crisis should be handled?

Should obese people be financially rewarded for losing weight?

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25th Feb 2015
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They would just spend it on hamburgers.
14th Nov 2014
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How about subsidising fresh fruit and veg for those on benefits. It's so hard to eat healthily AND frugally.
15th Nov 2014
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That is a great idea. Its true the price of fruit is high especially in shops like Waitrose and M&S
Sharon Oliver
12th Nov 2014
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Just tax sugar - it's a win win, people pay more for the unhealthy stuff which could then fund the NHS
15th Nov 2014
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I agree then all the bad foods we eat would become too expensive. We can have them as luxuries but not eat them all the time
10th Nov 2014
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If you haven't made a reasonable attempt to look after yourself or your children and ignored face to face advice from a health professional then you should be expected to help pay for any health care directly attributed to your condition. It's crazy that now children are undergoing surgery at huge expense because they are overweight. The NHS will be bankrupt soon if the health of the nation doesn't improve soon. Education and incentive by hitting peoples pockets is surely the only way.
10th Nov 2014
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Maybe obese people should be shamed into realising how they are becoming a burden on our health service.
They don't need money incentives, they need to realise that if they eat less and exercise more, they would not be obese.
Maybe a new form of ASBO could be created for obese people - make them have regular weight checks and fine them if they don't loose weight i.e. they pay the Government not the Government pay them!
15th Nov 2014
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Could be a bit controversial!
14th Nov 2014
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They already pay the government thro their taxes! So would you envisage acting punitively on all types of lifestyle choices? Not that obesity is automatically ax lifestyle choice.
Shall we shame smokers, drinkers, those who have unprotected sex, chocoholics, any sports players who might be injured, motorcyclists, car drivers.......the list is endless.
7th Nov 2014
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Ban all takeaways!!! Educate people to cook food from scratch!
7th Nov 2014
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It would probably be better for our health and society as a whole!
Jo Kingham
7th Nov 2014
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Sorry but shouldn't obese people should just eat less and exercise more! - Isn't it about personal pride not financial gain?
9th Nov 2014
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I agree Jo. It's all about education. People need to understand that processed foods are full of sugar and rubbish. They should make learning to cook compulsary at school. Lots of kids leave home and don't know how to boil and egg!
7th Nov 2014
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Yes you are probably right Jo. I think the problem is most of us do not exercise enough. When I was a youngster we had to walk everywhere and my mum and dad just cycled all over the place as we lived in the countryside and had no car in those days!

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