European Obesity Day


It’s quite telling that many of the fifteen nations signed up to active collusion in the 1st ever Western european Obesity Day are in Eastern Europe

While some may stifle a yawn and ask why we need one more awareness day, other states are marking the day with a touch. It’s quite telling that many of the fifteen nations signed up to active collusion in the 1st ever Western european Obesity Day are in Eastern Europe. The Bulgarians, Czechs, Estonians, Hungarians, Latvians, Lithuanians, Poles and even Romanians will be out in the streets banging on about how they have to halt their weight problem in its tracks. In Britain it’s no longer truly a matter of raising awareness with an important day and no longer essential to need to introduce the “O ” word to an unaware public.

We have obesity awareness with almost everyday reports, and incessant debate, while the government’s Change4Life initiative is being promoted widely to the point at which we need to be very careful to avoid message fatigue.

What’s required in England ( and the remainder of Europe, too ) is a challenge for the new regime frantic to trim the fat in the NHS without hurting the level of services. We really need some reasonable strategic thinking to deal with the facts of weight problems. At a EU parliament lecture in Strasbourg to launch Western european Obesity Day earlier this week, the ECU health commissioner John Dalli emphasized the EU’s point of view was to focus on prevention instead of cure. Yes, forestalling obesity might be better to curing obesity but it’s a lot easier to say than to do.

And as the commissioner himself mentioned they’re trying to stop a reversal in the health gains of past decades by stopping a rise in heart illness, cancer, and especially type two diabetes. Founder of EU Obesity Day, David Haslam, chair of the nation’s Obesity Forum in Britain, highlighted at the Strasbourg lecture that much more signification must be given to treating obesity so as to forestall the much more costly and potentially terminal co-morbidities along with lots of other related disabling sicknesses that reduce the standard of life and lead to raised costs for health services. If that message registers with the UK’s new coalition leaders has still to be seen. At a period of desperate swift fiscal cuts, it is simple to overlook the longer term goals and gains that won’t be realized till much later perhaps after another election has passed.

But having the backbone to cope with the management of our obesity crisis is what’s required at the moment, alongside critical prevention measures like looking to put a lid on the selling of fast food and sweet colas, as agreed by health ministers at the World Health Assembly this week.

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