In year 2006, writing in the British Medical Journal (from Times Online UK), health specialists in the UK are suggesting to the government to consider the following ideas to deal with obesity issue:
- Clothes made in larger sizes should carry a tag with an obesity helpline number. So, what sizes are considered to be large then? All clothes sold with a waist of more than 40in for men and 37in for boys, women’s garments with a waist of more than 35in or size 16 or above, and more than 31in for girls.
- Sweets and snacks should not be permitted near checkouts. Placement at children eye level is not permitted too.
- New roads should not be built unless they include cycle lanes.
- Food likely to make people fat should be taxed. These foods include processed foods that are high in sugar and saturated fat.
- Introducing health checks for all school leavers, both primary and secondary
All suggestions seem fine except the first one. Though I understand the kind initiative to fight obesity, I believe that having a helpline number on your clothes label may look like an insult for huge size customers.
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