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Obesity Cost The UK Health System Over £6.1 Billion Annually

New UK program aims at tackling mental health and increases security

Obesity in the UK has been a problem. And without the lack of proper education and resources to assist youths, both their mental and physical health are at risk.

“Regulations will be laid in parliament tomorrow that will require large businesses with 250 or more employees in England, including cafes, restaurants and takeaways, to display the calorie information of non-prepacked food and soft drink items that are prepared for customers. Calorie information will need to be displayed at the point of choice for the customer, such as physical menus, online menus, food delivery platforms and food labels.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the impact that obesity can have on people’s health and health outcomes. It is estimated that overweight and obesity-related conditions across the UK cost the NHS £6.1 billion each year. Almost two-thirds (63%) of adults in England are overweight or living with obesity – and 1 in 3 children leave primary school overweight or obese.” Said Minister, Jo Department of Health

The Department of Health further said “by only requiring large businesses to label calories on menus, it will not impact small, independent businesses and will ensure those who might find the requirement more difficult are not impacted. The government will work with the food and drink sector and local authorities to ensure the regulations are implemented smoothly.”

The move by the UK government to add labels on smaller company products is of great significance considering, there is a direct correlation between obesity and the pandemic. As the population moves toward herd immunity, governments need to treat obesity as a sickness and continue to make the resources available for anyone wanting to use them.

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