The rising levels of obesity could bankrupt the NHS if left unchecked, doctors warn.
I'm sorry: I thought that the NHS was pretty much bankrupt already. Obviously I was being a bit fucking premature.
University of Glasgow expert Naveed Sattar said the cost of treating obesity to the health service was 9%.
Er... 9% of what? 9% of the patients weight in pounds, 9% of the NHS budget, 9% of UK GDP, 9% of world GDP? What?
But he warned this would rise as the number of obese adults rose from one in five to one in three by 2010.
He said health experts, schools and the food industry had to take proactive measures to tackle the problem, the British Medical Journal reported.
Why should the food companies do anything? They are trying to maximise their profits: if people cannot control themselves then that is their fault.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: the body is a very simple machine; if you put more energy into it than you burn, then that extra energy will be stored a fat. Okay?
Professor Sattar, an expert in metabolic medicine, said research had linked obesity to a range of diseases and disorders, including heart disease, cancer, depression, back pain, diabetes and skin problems.
Professor Sattar said: "The problem of rising prevalence in obesity may get much worse - rates could climb still further, bankrupting the health system and leading soon to reductions in life expectancy."
Cry me a fucking river. If some bastard so lacks self-discipline (or any kind of personal pride) that they get to the stage where their gross obesity shortens their life, then fuck 'em. That's entirely their problem: it's pretty much natural selection, isn't it?
He said while individuals "clearly have some responsibility for their health", the rest of society should also play more of a role.
Fuck off. You might be able to make that argument for, say, passive smoking or car exhaust fumes, but not for eating.
He said the food industry should own up to the role they play through advertising and schools should be doing more to promote good diets and lifestyles.
He also called for obesity to become a core part of medical training and for public health consequences to be considered "for all decisions made in public life".
He's another interfering doctor. Please, do us a favour and go back to doing what you do best, i.e. doctoring rather than politics.