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Overweight to be penalised by NHS?

Overweight to be penalised by NHS?The NHS is going to have to start penalising those who are overweight, Friends Provident has claimed in its Visions of Britain 2020, a report conducted with the Future Foundation.

Those who compiled the report maintain that government campaigns are failing to persuade individuals to live healthier lifestyles and lose weight.

Visions of Britain also, however, highlighted the success that legislation to curb smoking in the UK has had.

The report suggested that penalties could be the solution to help relieve the current strain that unhealthy behaviours place on the NHS.

Dr Sarah Brewer, the expert consulted for the report, said that it is common knowledge that everyone should follow a healthy low-fat diet, but suggested that not many actually adhere to this.

“Unless an unhealthy diet and lifestyle is penalised in some way no-one will change,” she added.

Earlier in the year, a scheme was piloted in Kent by the NHS, in which obese people are given cash incentives to lose weight.

What would incentivise you most to lose weight – cash rewards or penalties for not doing so? 

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6 Aug
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3 thoughts on “Overweight to be penalised by NHS?”

  1. Jenna says:

    I agree with Carla on this one. People should lose weight without being rewarded for it. Or getting penalties for it. People need to do something like this out of their own choice and when there ready. Exercise is always a good thing to start with if you want to lose weight.

  2. Katie M says:

    The NHS have got to respond to the poor lifestyles of so many people. It is a pity that people cannot be inspired to be healthy under their own steam. For me nothing tastes as good as feeling healthy feels. I was once size 20 UK now I average size 10 uk. The biggest inspiration to me is my father who will be 80 years old next March and goes to the gym most days, and always has. He eats healthily and has only smoked as a young man..well it was the fashion then!
    Come on UK, do it for yourselves and be proud to be healthy!!!!

  3. Carla says:

    I think that rewards or getting penalties are both wrong, people should lose weight for their own health and well being!

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