The big fat true of it is, here in the UK we all pay for obesity. It is a considerable drain on the UK’s economy, estimated as running into billions of pounds per year.
There was a scheme back in 2009 where the NHS was paying people to lose weight. With the NHS alone spending over £1 billion a year back in 2009 on treating obesity of one form or another. They came up with a scheme that they believed encouraged people to cast off a few pounds to gain a few pounds. Apparently this would have reduce the costs for taxpayers in the future. So here we are in the future and what do me find? Obesity has become an even greater burden on the UK.
I want to draw your attention to the fact that 40 overweight nurses also took part to set a healthy example. The question is, why are nurses overweight in the first place. They are, according to the urban myth, always rushed off their feet and constantly under immense pressure. Barely a moment spare to get any sleep, let alone time for the intake of nourishment.
Before I continue, I want to make a couple of things perfectly clear. Firstly, I think that all nurses do an amazing job and unlike with the likes of professional footballers, celebrity chiefs, or even just plain celebrities, they really can save lives. Secondly, by overweight, I mean obese, taking two or more bodybuilders to lift them should they fall over.
Having recently witnessed at first hand the size of some health workers waddling through the corridors of our hospitals. I wonder, surely there should be some sort of basic fitness level to carry out such a job. By definition, “Nurse” is a trained person who helps treat the ill, not someone who ignores all the warning signs to become a potential patient themselves. And before any of you begin jumping up and down and start adding the suffix “ -ism” to anything, think it through, if they can barely carry their own weight how can bare the weight of others? I’m not trying to suggest that just because someone is overweight they should have a job, but I do think they need to have jobs to suite their physical abilities. Whilst it would be amusing to see an obese jockey riding in the Epsom Derby, it will never happen.
The situation has literally gained weight and has become a complex problem. For instance, the fact that over half of advertisements on TV are for junk food must tell us something about our life styles. The food industry has finally become aware of the ‘global obesity crisis’ and is trying to make amends by making healthy options. But it is down to the individual to steer away from the temptation to over indulge or to exercise more. Meanwhile I think there is a need for all role models in the public eye, not just nurses, to promote a healthier persona to help us all lighten the load, pun intended, on our health service.