Back in the 90s, the U.K. was Cool Britannia.
Today, I re-brand the U.K. as Fat Britannia.
And before any of you Brits start dropping F-Bombs and trying to head butt me through your computer, give me a chance to prove my point.
Fat Britannia: The Proof is in the Pudding…and chips and curries and…
According to the new EuroAspire survey,
- Britons at high risk of heart attack are ‘in denial’ and ignoring doctors’ advice to change their lifestyle.
- More than three-quarters are obese or overweight – with dangerously big stomachs – and most smokers have refused to give up.
- More than half have out-of-control blood pressure and 40 per cent have high cholesterol levels.
- Two out of three refuse to accept they are more at risk than other people their age – despite being given warnings by their GP and lots of prescription drugs.
This means they have a one in five chance of suffering a fatal heart attack unless they change their lifestyle.
But, they’re not changing their lifestyles.
- Almost 80 per cent of those who were smokers at the time had not given up despite smoking being a major cause of heart disease.
- Four out of five high risk patients were overweight or obese with dangerously large waists containing deposits of abdominal fat that raise the chances of diabetes and heart problems.
- Two out of five patients said they did not exercise and had no plans to do so.
- Around half had diabetes, including seven per cent whose condition was detected when they were taking part in the survey and having various tests.
- 57 per cent of patients had raised blood pressure despite three-quarters of them being on anti-hypertensive drugs.
- And last but not least, 40 per cent of patients had high blood cholesterol, even though the UK uses more statin drugs than any other European country except Italy.
And still, they continue to live in denial.
Two-thirds of those surveyed said they did not think their risk of heart disease was higher than a person in the general population of the same age and sex, including 16 per cent who thought it was lower.
Note: …ALL of these people have been told by their doctors that they ARE at high risk of dying because of their lifestyles.
Professor David Wood, an expert in cardiovascular medicine at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College, London, said the survey raised concerns that many Britons were in denial about their heart health.
“This is high risk population, diagnosed by their GPs and started on treatment”.
“They should be managed much more rigorously and their lifestyle should be changing”.
Should be changing…but it isn’t.
And here’s where it gets interesting…for me at least.
Do the non-fat Brits have a moral/fiscal responsibility to help/coerce/force the fat Brits into changing their obesity-inducing lifestyles?
- Do we have the moral obligation to look after others who can’t or won’t look after themselves?
When it comes to mental health issues, we have already accepted that obligation.
- The Mental health Act of 1983 instructed British doctors to force feed anorexics over the age of 18.
It should be noted that, for force feeding to occur, the anorexic patient must be shown to be incapable of making rational decisions about their condition.
So, is it rational to live in a manner that causes:
- Elevated cholesterol
- Metabolic Syndrome
- Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)
- High Triglycerides
And what about the cost of obesity to the rest of society?
- Does the British taxpayer have to sit back and watch their taxes skyrocket as obesity drives up the cost of their nationalized health care spending?
Why not obesity?
So, here’s my question to you?
What do we do to stop obesity?
- Tax it to death?
- Free gym memberships?
- Legislate it to death?
- Promote a healthy lifestyle?
- Subsidize health food?
- Free weight loss surgeries?
- Nothing, it’s none of our damn business?
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